Join the Silly Squad for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge

Published Monday, 8th June 2020

There’s lots of silly fun in store for Hartlepool youngsters in this year’s hugely-popular Summer Reading Challenge!

Aimed at children aged four to 11, the goal is to read six books of their choice over the summer, in return for which they will receive a medal and a certificate.

The theme this year is ‘Silly Squad’ – a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter featuring artwork by award-winning children’s author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson.

Because children can’t actually visit their local library or community hub at the moment due to the Coronavirus situation, this year’s challenge is all happening online.

Hartlepool Libraries have lots of bestselling children’s eBooks and eAudiobooks – youngsters can browse and download titles by their favourite authors using the BorrowBox library app, and it’s all free.

Summer Reading Challenge 2020

To take part in the Hartlepool Summer Reading Challenge and to download the BorrowBox app, parents need to register their child by clicking here.

Over the summer, there’ll also be lots of fun on both the Hartlepool Summer Reading Challenge Facebook page here and the national Summer Reading Challenge page here, including video readings by guest celebrities and authors, games, quizzes and downloadable activities – check in each day!

Councillor Sue Little, Chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Adult and Community-Based Services Committee, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is one of the most popular events in our calendar – last year over 1,300 young people and families took part.

“The Challenge has always played a key role in helping boost children’s reading over the summer months, and that’s even more important this year with the impact which the Coronavirus has had on youngsters’ normal activities.

“Although children can’t physically visit our libraries and community hubs at the moment, they can still have just as much fun with the Reading Challenge thanks to all the great books and other resources which they can download from us online - all for free.”