Young readers across Stirling are being urged to sign up for a fun-filled free reading challenge.
Summer Reading Challenge 2020

Organised by the Reading Agency and delivered locally by Stirling Council Libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge runs until 15 August and encourages children (aged four to 11) to borrow and read six books during the summer break.

With libraries still closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, the popular annual programme – enjoyed by 700,000 children in the UK each summer - is going digital for the first time.

This year’s theme for the challenge is ‘Silly Squad’ – a team of animal friends who love to go on adventures. A wide range of events and activities will be available for participants on the Silly Squad website.

Children will be able to sign up for free online and borrow e-books from Stirling Council Libraries as well as reading books they have at home. Listening to audio books, reading e-books and being read to all count, so no one is excluded.

As in previous years children who complete the challenge will be presented with a certificate and a medal by libraries’ staff once this is safe to do so.

Have fun and learn

Convener of Stirling Council’s Planning and Regeneration Committee, Cllr Chris Kane: “The summer break is the perfect time for children to dive into books, open up a world of adventure and develop a lifelong love of reading, with all the benefits it brings.

“Lockdown has been tough on children in particular, so this summer’s challenge is a timely opportunity for them to have fun and learn at the same time – the only silly thing would not to get involved!”

Skills and confidence

Vice Convener, Cllr Maureen Bennison said: “Reading can build children’s skills and confidence so taking part in the challenge can set them up perfectly for returning to school in August.

“We have a growing collection of e-books for families to borrow for the initiative and our libraries staff will be on hand to offer support to Stirling’s ‘Silly Squad’ over the summer.”

The initiative is being backed by children’s author Jacqueline Wilson. She said: “I feel the Summer Reading Challenge is extra important this year! How sensible to have a Silly theme.

“We've all had to deal with serious and scary issues, so it's time for a bit of fun. There are so many comical and crazy children's books to cheer us all up. Let's get reading and get happy!"

More information:

To join the ‘Silly Squad’ in this year’s summer reading challenge, head here: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

To borrow e-books or audio books from Stirling Council Libraries, or to sign up for our e-services, follow this link: https://www.stirling.gov.uk/libraries-archives/ebooks-eaudiobooks-emagazines-and-enewspapers/