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Hi everyone, and welcome to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge! The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual event aimed at 4 – 11 year olds where children are encouraged to read six (or more) books of their choice during the summer holidays.

This year’s theme is “Silly Squad” – a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter, featuring bespoke artwork from award-winning children's author and illustrator, Laura Ellen Anderson.

Due to the disruption caused by Covid-19, the Challenge will be a little different this year in several ways:

  • As our public libraries are currently closed, children will not be able to borrow physical books as they usually would, instead we are asking them to borrow and read from our digital collection: ebooks, e-audio, eComic
  • Unfortunately we will be unable to provide participating children with the wee incentives and prizes they usually collect along the way with the Challenge. Those who complete the Challenge will receive a certificate via email, but we will not be able to provide them with a medal as usual.
  • Everyone taking part in the challenge will register at  which will help track the books you have read, and includes loads of games, activities, and competitions to keep you busy throughout the summer.
  • The Summer Reading Challenge is launching earlier than usual to keep children reading over the summer and support parents and carers with children already at home.

Events and challenges

From Monday 13th July a whole host of virtual author and illustrator events will be taking place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 3pm during the school holidays.  These fantastic #ScottishSillySquad online events can be viewed on the Scottish Library & Information Council YouTube channel.

The Challenge website will be free to access and a place for children to rate and review their books and work towards their reading goal. It will also feature video content, games, quizzes, and digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in the Challenge at home. 

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Registration Process

To register please visit 

Please ensure that you create your reading list as part of the registration process.  This is a very important stage which needs to be done in order for you to complete the Challenge.

*PLEASE NOTE: When registering for the Challenge children are required to use an adult’s email address which will then lead the parent/carer to the verification stages on the Reading Agency website.

In order to give consent to your child’s digital participation, the adult will be required to create a Reading Agency Passport for themselves. This is a very quick and easy process requiring minimal information, however it is an essential stage that needs to be completed to enable your child to take part in the Challenge.

This process has been introduced by The Reading Agency to comply with online security measures.

When a child is creating a username and password for the Challenge during the initial registration process, it is advisable to include both numbers and letters in both sections, and to ensure the password is longer than 6 characters.

Meet the "Silly Squad"


Bamboozle the Panda Izzie the octopus Lily the frog with joke book Merry the giraffe walking Snook the penguin with football 

Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020.

It’s fun and totally free!

Cher The Sheepsmall

At the heart of the Challenge is children choosing and reading any books – in any format – that they like.

Novels, fact books, short stories, joke books, comics, and audiobooks all count. We just want you to carry on a love of reading throughout the summer holiday period. Teachers often tell us that children who take part in the Summer Reading Challenge return to school with a new enthusiasm for reading too.

Fun for all the family

Mo The Platypus

The Challenge is a great time to share and talk about books as a family and to celebrate your child’s reading achievements. Sitting down with your own book, newspaper or magazine sets a good example to kids – they will copy you – and reading a book together can really encourage a love of stories.

Summer Reading Challenge Championship

Gwen, Glen And Not A Hen The Ducks

Sadly this year we will be unable to run our West Dunbartonshire Summer Reading Challenge Championship between our primary schools, but never fear, next year it will be back, even bigger and better than before!!!

Explore your library

While your child chooses their books for Silly Squad, why not browse our online offer yourself and discover the range of books, audio, newspapers, magazines and comics we have available digitally? Take up a new language, practice for your driving theory test, find out about your ancestors – all available, all year, always free. 

Filbert The Platypus

Not a library member? No problem, it’s super easy to get an online membership. If you have forgotten your library login details simply send us an email to 

Other fun activities

This year we will be having lots of fun, free and silly activities for you to take part in throughout the summer holidays on our social media pages so why not log in and join in!

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Challenge starts on Friday 5 June 2020 and finishes at the end of August 2020.

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