Summer Reading Challenge

Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge 2020

Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge Scotland encourages children aged 4-11 to read for fun over the holidays, a time when traditionally literacy levels dip.

Join the Summer Reading Challenge

Children can take part in the challenge this year by joining the Silly Squad online – a platform developed and hosted by The Reading Agency – and set their own personal reading challenge goals to complete this summer. The platform will keep track of books read, book reviews and rewards that each child unlocks along the way.

Silly Squad Online - join the fun!

If you need a library card to join the Silly Squad fun this summer - Join here

If you can't remember your card number or PIN please email


Borrow ebooks and audiobooks

This year you can browse our book lists on BorrowBox and Libby our online eBooks and Audiobooks Apps. We have created book lists to give you ideas for choosing books to complete the Summer Reading Challenge. If you need help with the Apps or how to register click here

                            BorrowBox ebooks and eAudiobooks


                             Overdrive eBooks and eAudiobooks

Learn more about the Summer Reading Challenge

Run in partnership with The Reading Agency and Scottish libraries, the programme encourages children to read for fun and to continue to develop this fundamental life skill.

More than 40,000 children take the challenge annually reading over quarter of a million books in the process.

Children can read whatever they like - fiction, fact books, poetry, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library.



There is a different Summer Reading Challenge theme each year.

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme is ‘Silly Squad’ and for 2020 it’s all about funny books, happiness and having a laugh.

The Silly Squad is a team of animal friends who love to go on adventures and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books. This year’s challenge features extra special characters designed by the award winning author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson.

Book of the month

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The Boy who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd

When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of his grandad's garden, he doesn't think much of it. But he takes the funny fruit from the tree back into the house - and gets the shock and delight of his life when a tiny dragon hatches! The tree is a dragonfruit tree, and Tomas has got his very own dragon, Flicker ... Tomas soon finds out that life with Flicker is great fun, but also very ... unpredictable. Yes, dragons are wonderful, but they also set fire to your toothbruth and leave your pants hanging from the TV aerial. Tomas has to learn how to look after Flicker - and quickly. And then something extraordinary happens - more dragonfruits appear on the tree. Tomas is officially growing dragons ...

Staff pick

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Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder by Jo Nesbo

Nilly is new to the neighbourhood, but is quick to make friends: Doctor Proctor, an eccentric professor; and Lisa, who is teased by the twin terrors Truls and Trym. Nilly and Lisa help Doctor Proctor develop his latest invention, a powder that makes you fart. The powder makes Nilly and Lisa very popular at school when they sell it for fifty cents a bag. And they get revenge on Truls and Trym by giving them an extra-strength dose of fart powder that shoots them up into a tree! It’s all good farty fun. That is, until someone steals the industrial-strength fart powder. Now Doctor Proctor’s ticket to fame is in the hands of an enemy with evil intentions...


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RNIB Library makes a selection of Summer Reading Challenge books available in accessible formats for blind or partially sighted children, and for children with a print disability who cannot read standard print.

For children wanting to complete the Challenge, RNIB Library has thousands of children's titles in audio, braille and Giant Print formats. Audio books can be sent on DAISY CD or memory stick. Their Kids and Teen page has a list of some of their most popular titles if you're not sure what to read next.

Contact RNIB Library for help choosing books at 01733 375333 or by email at

Not yet registered with RNIB Library? Find further information and an application form here.

Contact us

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Contact us to let us know how we are doing or if you want to find out more.

The Reading Agency