Reading Challenge 2020

About the Summer Reading Challenge


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’.


Each year the challenge, motivates over 700,000 children to keep reading to build their skills and conīŦdence. 

This year, Silly Squad, the Summer Reading Challenge 2020, will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter.

Children taking part in the challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh

and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books!


The 2020 Challenge will feature artwork from children’s author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson.

She has created books, like Amelia Fang, Evil Emperor Penguin and I Don’t Want Curly Hair.


The Challenge will run from June to September and launched on Monday 1 June and culminating in an official launch day

of curated events on Friday 5 June 2020.

The digital Challenge will be free to access, featuring games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities

to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in treading related activities at home.

Brilliant Books to share for children

What is the Summer Challenge?