The national Summer Reading Challenge is also moving online this year. The length of time the scheme runs for has also been extended and it has already launched!
Children can take part by going to www.sillysquad.org.uk and signing up. The sign up process will require parental consent and parents can find more details here: www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/parents-carers
Although children must have an account to take part in the actual Challenge, lots of other content will be available on the Silly Squad website website and their Facebook page for everyone to explore.
Children will set their own reading goals over the summer and can then take part using their own reading materials, e-books, e-audio and e-comics from the Essex Libraries online library service or (once libraries have reopened) using books borrowed from our libraries.
Each time they finish a book, they add it to their profile and write a review. They are rewarded with activities and incentives along the way, such as online badges, games and videos.
You are being encouraged to join in as families and ‘Get Silly’ with downloadable activities, games, quizzes and more. With new content to enjoy each week, the fun will continue throughout the summer to keep you engaged. You also receive a downloadable certificate once you’ve completed your challenge!
This is going to be a radically different approach for the Summer Reading Challenge, but we hope that many children will still be able to take part!
As you may be aware Essex County Council announced its initial plans regarding the reopening of libraries earlier this month and full details about that can be found on their website.
In the meantime our #LibrariesFromHome offer continues and links to our e-library, (for e-books, e-audio, e-comics and e-magazines) online rhymetimes, storytimes and craft sessions can be found on our library catalogue.
Before lockdown we were trying to share 10,000 stories as part of World Book Day 2020. We’re currently investigating ways that we can keep this going despite the current situation – keep your eyes peeled for more information!