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Summer Reading Challenge

The Reading Agency and Libraries present Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge 2020 [logo + pics Snook the Penguin dressed in bathing suit with a ball and a sunhat and Bamboozle the Panda dressed as a clown]. illustrations copyright Laura Ellen Anderson 2020

This year’s summer reading challenge, Silly Squad, is a celebration of fun, happiness and laughter with a focus on funny books.

Join the Silly Squad [logo plus all the characters giraffe, pony, panda, frog and penguin all dressed up for the summer] Children aged 4+ can chuckle their way through the summer, but this year the challenge is completely online! You can sign up online RIGHT NOW and set your own challenge goals on the Reading Agency's Silly Squad website. The site also includes some brilliant info for schools and parents in the School Zone and Home Zone with a selection of Silly Squad resources, as well as blogs and news articles.

Please be aware: children should only sign up online with a parent or guardian's permission and your parent or guardian will need to make a linked summer reading challenge account to confirm that the young person can take part. Finding it a bit confusing? Check out our video Join the Silly Squad ONLINE for a complete guide.

This means parents will need an email address. Don't have an email address? We have some resources to help you out!

There will also be some other challenges and activities happening throughout the summer for you to take part in. Keep your eyes peeled including sending in your book reviews, jokes and more! You'll find lots of activities for kids on Slough Libraries Facebook every week.

Illustrated sun with sunglasses on What are you going to read this summer?

This summer, because libraries are not yet open, you are allowed to read anything and everything as part of the challenge. If you have library books at home you can read those. You can also read books you already own, comic books and magazines!

Want something new to read for free? Why not check out some of our e-reading offers including e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and e-comics?

Summer Reading Challenge Ambassadors!

Photos of SRC ambassadors - 4 smiling women - top left: Coral Rumble (author and poet, blonde bobbed hair with sunglasses sitting on top of her head), top right: Kate Poel (author, brown hair and long face), lower left: Violet Lake (author and poet, short black hair and glasses, lower right: Fiona Barker (author and picture book enthusiast, short blond hair and glasses) We are so pleased to let you know that we now have three amazing local authors who will be supporting and celebrating the summer reading challenge with us this year. Look out for their events in the coming weeks:

  • Coral Rumble (upper left with sunglasses on her head) is an award winning poet and performer for many years, and now specialises in writing and performing for children! Find her at
  • Kate Poels (upper right) is a children's writer, and appears on BBC Radio Berkshire as part of the Tuesday afternoon book club with Bill Buckley. Find her at
  • Violet Lake (lower left, wearing glasses) is an author and poet who has previously done workshops in Slough Libraries with a range of ages and has taken her poetry as far as Cape Town, South Africa! Find her at
  • Fiona Barker (lower right, wearing glasses) is an author and picture book enthusiast, and Fiona is the author of "Amelie and the Great Outdoors" and "Danny and the Dream Dog" and hosts the Picture Book Club. Find her at
    • Picture Books - a discussion session for adults Fri 17 July 3pm
      Love picture books? Don't we all? Fiona leads a discussion and chat, similar to her picture book club for the big kid in all our hearts.
      FREE and online via Zoom. Booking required
      Book for Picture books with Fiona Barker

We have loads more events this summer including activities for health teeth, music and singing and lots more - so why not download our brochure?

Silly Squad Summer Activities and Summer Reading Challenge Brochure

Summer of Smiles

[text]Slough Healthy Smiles [image of a wide red smile] This year we are joining with Public Health Slough and Slough
Healthy Smiles to celebrate a Summer of Smiles in Slough. There will be advice and information on looking after your teeth, so you can show off your happy, healthy smile.

Orange purple red logo HWS with the text Health and Wellbeing Slough Check out our summer brochure for more details, including awesome one to one oral health sessions

Family healthy teeth sessions - Wednesdays and Thursdays

Show off your bright smile laughing at our funny books. We’ve teamed up with Slough Healthy Smiles to offer
family information sessions teaching you how to keep your children’s teeth healthy for life. These
will be online via Microsoft teams.
Children must be accompanied by an adult

Contact Slough Healthy Smiles on for available time slots

Smile for Curve Club - Sat 18 July 12-1pm

Look out for a healthy smile takeover of our Curve Club with puzzles, videos and tips for sparkling clean teeth all on Facebook