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Wokingham Borough libraries have launched their annual summer reading challenge and are signing up new recruits for their Silly Squad, celebrating funny books and bringing fun and happiness along the way.

This year’s challenge will take place online and those enlisting will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck into all sorts of funny books that makes them happy, get silly and have fun!

The Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays, providing lots of fun as well as preventing the summer reading ‘dip’.

Each year the challenge successfully motivates thousands of children across the country to keep reading, building their skills and confidence and over 2,000 children took part in Wokingham Borough last year. With the disruption caused by Covid-19 and the impact of social distancing on schools and public libraries, the 2020 Challenge will launch in a new digital format designed to keep children engaged and interested in reading.

It will support parents and carers with children already at home, offer schools exciting ways to animate remote learning, and provide great content for those back in the classroom.

To sign up for the challenge and join the Silly Squad visit sillysquad.org.uk. The Summer Reading Challenge website is free to access and features games, quizzes and downloadable activities that incentivise and encourage children to take part in reading related activities. The challenge will run throughout the summer until mid-September.

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