Christ The King Catholic Primary School A Voluntary Academy

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Leeds Libraries Summer Reading Challenge

This year's reading challenge from The Reading Agency 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! Sign up here.

The challenge has moved online this year. We recommend that children read 6 books over the summer holidays but they can set their own target when they sign up, which can be changed at any time. 

Normally our Librarians would have visited primary school assemblies to promote the Summer Reading Challenge. As things are different this year, we have three resources for children to access from home:

  • Watch this short film from our Librarians, Elaine Hardy and Matt Stoppard, introducing the Summer Reading Challenge and sharing useful resources to help children stay reading during the summer.
  • We have created a silly and interactive Twine resource to use in classrooms and homes to promote the challenge and encourage children to sign up. The Twine resource has been created using images from our Leeds Libraries Special Collections, we hope you enjoy it. We recommend saving the Twine resource from the Google Drive link and opening it using a Chrome browser.
  • Finally, Mark and Sam from CBBC launch this years Summer Reading Challenge and introduce the Silly Squad in this promo video on The Reading Agency's YouTube channel!

Also available is our fantastic Silly Squad collection of eBooks and eAudio books on Borrowbox. This collection of books can be downloaded by multiple people at the same time so you don’t have to wait for the book you want. Look out for stories by Laura Ellen Anderson (this year's Summer Reading Challenge illustrator) as well as Tony Ross, Jacqueline Wilson, Konnie Huq, Russell Brand and Frank Cottrell-Boyce. You can also browse our full range of junior and teen eBooks and eAudio books on Borrowbox, as well as our comics and graphic novels, suitable for all ages. If you don't already have a library account you can join online, please contact or 0113 378 5005 if you have any issues.

Over the summer holidays we will have lots of online Silly Squad activities across our Facebook and Twitter pages including; theatre, storytellers, craft activities, Code Club and Lego Club. We’ll also be regularly updating our Leeds For Learning Resource Page and Leeds Libraries website with Summer Reading Challenge information over the coming weeks.

Why not have a go at drawing your own Silly Squad character? Have a look at Silly Squad Character Drawing with Laura Ellen Anderson for some tips.

HAPPY READING over the summer holidays from Leeds Libraries and the Schools Library Service!


Rachel Ingle-Teare
Leeds Libraries