Summer Reading Challenge

Silly Squad poster for summer reading

The Summer Reading Challenge is back, and it’s time to get silly!

The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual event which takes place in libraries across the UK, encouraging children aged 4 – 12 to read six (or more!) books of their choice during the summer holidays. This year, the theme for the challenge is ‘Silly Squad’ - a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter.

The Summer Reading Challenge will be taking place online while our libraries are closed, but you can still get involved from home:

Take the Challenge

Visit the Summer Reading Challenge website to set your reading goal, unlock badges and track your progress as you read. It also features video content, games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities for children of all ages. You can read books, magazines, comics – anything! – to complete the challenge this year, including books you have at home or ones that you access online.

Join our Silly Squad

We will be hosting a series of free, fun, family-friendly online events, activities and resources over the summer holidays for children in East Dunbartonshire. Sign-up to our weekly Silly Squad newsletter with details of how you can join in the fun. You can download our Silly Squad activity sheets from the documents section of this page too.

Discover new stories

To celebrate the launch of the Summer Reading Challenge we have released a selection of fantastic eBooks and eAudiobooks that are always available for loan, including titles by Liz Pichon, Garth Nix and Jacqueline Wilson. You can find a list of these titles in the documents section or visit our 24-7 library for information on accessing our online collections.


My child would like to read books from Borrowbox but we don’t have a library card – can we still join?

You can still join the library from home. Visit the How to Join page on our website to fill out an online form and your membership details will be emailed to you. You can then use your membership details to read books using BorrowBox!

Will we still get little prizes and a medal for finishing the challenge this year?

Unfortunately we won’t be able to give out physical incentives this year, but we will be thinking of ways to celebrate all of the amazing reading you’re doing as restrictions are lifted.

I’m having problems registering my child on the Summer Reading Challenge website.

The Reading Agency have put together a help page for those signing up to the challenge online.