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09 July 2020

Silly Squad Book Talk Prompt Cards

These book discussion prompts can be used to help children talk about their Summer Reading Challenge books with library staff, volunteers, teachers or at home. Adjust your print menu settings to print multiple cards on one page. Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson...

08 July 2020

Silly Squad Document Borders

Download these Silly Squad borders to create Summer Reading Challenge posters, activities and resources. Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2020. Libraries should contact their local Summer Reading Challenge coordinator(s) for...

08 July 2020

Silly Squad A4 poster: England

Download this A4 poster and spread the word about Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge 2020! Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020

08 July 2020

Silly Squad A4 poster: Scotland & Northern Ireland

Download this A4 poster and spread the word about Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge 2020! Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020

08 July 2020

Silly Squad A4 poster: Wales

Download this A4 poster and spread the word about Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge 2020! Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020

08 July 2020

Silly Squad A3 promotional poster: England

Download a colourful poster to promote the Summer Reading Challenge. Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020 Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2020. Libraries should contact their local Summer Reading Challenge coordinator(s)...

08 July 2020

Silly Squad A3 promotional poster: Scotland & Northern Ireland

Download a colourful poster to promote the Summer Reading Challenge. Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020 Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2020. Libraries should contact their local Summer Reading Challenge coordinator(s)...

08 July 2020

Silly Squad A3 promotional poster: Wales

Download a colourful poster to promote the Summer Reading Challenge. Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020 Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2020. Libraries should contact their local Summer Reading Challenge coordinator(s)...

03 July 2020

Silly Squad: Online Data

This document outlines the information required for accessing Silly Squad participant data for your library authority.

03 July 2020

Silly Squad Core Pack Guide

A comprehensive guide to the Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge Core Pack poster and stickers. All illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020 Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2020. Libraries should contact...

01 July 2020

Silly Squad Activity Sheet: Colouring in and Wordsearch page

This sheet includes a colouring activity and an author wordsearch With thanks to Islington Council

01 July 2020

Silly Squad Activity Sheet: Number Sudoku

Complete the sudoku grid by adding the numbers 1-9 into each row, column and 3×3 square

30 June 2020

Silly Squad Library Evaluation Form

Download the Library Evaluation Form for Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge 2020. We know that the impact of Covid-19 has made delivery of the Challenge very different this year. Please answer as many questions as you can to share your experiences,...

26 June 2020

Silly Squad 2020 Communications Plan

Contains information on the social media and comms plans The Reading Agency has put together to help drive awareness of the Challenge throughout July and August. Use this as inspiration for your own Silly Squad social media/comms activity over the summer. All...

25 June 2020

Silly Squad Character Guide

A comprehensive guide to all the characters in this year’s Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge. All illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020 Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2020. Libraries should contact...

23 June 2020

Stay-at-home with Football School - writing competition

A shout out to all sports fans aged 7-12! Do you dream of becoming a sportswriter, commentator or sports presenter in the future? Then this competition could help you reach your goal! The Guardian has teamed up with the...

18 June 2020

How reading can promote writing for pleasure article

We believe that through reading a wide variety of books and texts, children can improve their vocabulary and grow more confident with their own writing ability. To help you with this, we have collated a host of resources and useful...

12 June 2020

Summer Reading Challenge Logos

Download versions of The Reading Agency and Summer Reading Challenge logos to use on Challenge materials.

12 June 2020

Boys and Kids Who Dare to be Different - activity packs, audio extracts and journal

Stories for Boys who Dare to be Different is a beautiful and inspiring collection of stories about boys who changed the world without killing a single dragon or saving a single princess. Stories for Kids who Dare to be Different...

12 June 2020

Starfell by Dominique Valente and Sarah Warburton - Digital Activity Pack

Step into the magical world of Starfell in the most spellbinding children’s fantasy series of the year! With beautiful illustrations by Sarah Warburton, Dominique Valente’s Starfell is perfect for fans of Cressida Cowell and Nevermoor. Willow Moss, the youngest and least...

10 June 2020

Summer Reading Challenge 2020: Information for Schools

Find out more about Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge 2020, with our quick guide for schools, available at this link.

10 June 2020

How to host a virtual book club with your class article

Are you wondering how your reading group can continue to meet, even while you’re social distancing? With so many children and families at home, we know that books are so important to provide comfort, solace and escapism. Staying connected and keeping your...

10 June 2020

Why reading for pleasure is vital and how to encourage your students to read for enjoyment article

This article shares some of the research that outlines the importance of reading for pleasure as well as some ideas to promote reading for pleasure in your school. Make sure you visit our School Zone on the Summer Reading Challenge website...

10 June 2020

How schools can get involved with Summer Reading Challenge 2020 article

The Summer Reading Challenge, presented by The Reading Agency and funded by Arts Council England, encourages children aged 4 to 11 to set themselves a reading challenge to help prevent the summer reading ‘dip’. For the Summer Reading Challenge 2020, we are...

10 June 2020

Silly Squad Activity Sheet: Join the Squad

Children can draw themselves as part of the Silly Squad with this activity sheet poster

10 June 2020

Silly Squad Assembly Presentation

Schools can share this presentation in class or on remote learning platforms to introduce the Silly Squad to pupils. Libraries can adapt this presentation to share with local schools. Key information on the Summer Reading Challenge 2020 is included in the...

04 June 2020

Colouring resource: Poster by Johanna Basford

Print off this super silly poster from the queen of colouring Johanna Basford, and then follow along with her colouring-in tips on the Summer Reading Challenge Facebook page!

29 May 2020

Silly Squad Branding Guidelines

This document sets out the guidelines for libraries when using the Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge 2020 artwork and resources. Please ensure you read the guidelines thoroughly before using any of the Silly Squad resources. Please note: this is a locked resource...

29 May 2020

Silly Squad Logos

Download logos for the Summer Reading Challenge 2020. Please ensure you have read the branding guidelines (available at the link below) before using these assets. Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2020....

29 May 2020

Silly Squad Clip Art: JPEG files

Download clip art for the Summer Reading Challenge 2020. This resource contains JPEG files. Please ensure you have read the artwork branding guidelines (available at the link below) before using these assets. All illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020 Please note: this is a...