Join the Silly Squad this summer as the Summer Reading Challenge goes digital!
The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual event aimed at 4 – 11 year olds. Children are encouraged to read six (or more) books of their choice during the summer holidays with collectable incentives and rewards, plus a certificate for every child who completes the Challenge.
This year, while libraries in Derby and across the country stay closed with the disruption caused by Covid-19, the challenge is moving online. It runs from June to September, encouraging children to keep reading over the summer and supporting parents and carers with children learning at home.
The Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge 2020 officially launches on Friday 5 June with the virtual Let’s Get Silly programme supported by leading children’s authors and guest celebrities, running from the Summer Reading Challenge’s Facebook page.
This year we are launching six weeks of fun videos online, ideal for families while we get our libraries ready for re-opening. View the video schedule here.
They can read anything that makes them happy – whether stories, information about something they love, picture books, poetry or jokes - in digital, audio or print format. Sharing a book with a parent or carer is fine as well.
If your child isn't a member of the library service, sign them up for free temporary membership to give them access to the eLibrary. You can convert their membership to full when the libraries reopen. Click here to find out more about how to join.
What events can children attend?
This year we are launching six weeks of fun online events, ideal for families while we get our libraries ready for re-opening.
Every weekday from Monday 20 July to Friday 28 August, Derby Libraries will be showing engaging online videos that are all free to watch at home. With humorous readings from John Kirk, exciting performances and crafts from AVP theatre, and storytelling from Alison Solomon, there is a host of events to inspire your children to get reading this summer. The Summer Reading Challenge brings families together through reading, and these events promise to enthuse and widen children’s reading choices throughout these holidays.
John Kirk has become a firm favourite with family audiences in Derby Libraries over the past few years. He is a performance storyteller who brings stories to life in fresh and imaginative ways, engaging children with his voice and facial expressions. Well-known for his humorous retellings of stories, he will be performing traditional fairy tales including Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and The Gingerbread Man.
Join AVP Theatre for a mixture of folk and original tales from storyteller, Amy, and her wonderful cast of puppets. AVP Theatre create their own puppets and specialise in family-friendly theatre performances. Each show will be accompanied by a mini ‘making video’ showing you how to make one of the puppets from the performance, and a second video with instructions on making a puppet theatre. You can also download and colour in outlines for making the puppets as well.
Another favourite, local storyteller Alison Solomon, will be retelling one of Aesop's most loved fables, The Ant and the Grasshopper. She first worked with Derby Libraries when she devised and presented a Jamaican poetic storytelling performance as part of Pear Tree Library Centenary in 2016. Since then she has performed as part of Derby Poetry Festival and entertained school groups visiting Normanton Library as part of its launch celebrations last year.
Please note that due to the Coronavirus pandemic and in line with the latest government advice regarding social distancing, some facilities and attractions are currently closed and some events cancelled or postponed. We will be constantly updating the website and will keep people informed of any changes via social media. We urge visitors to follow Public Health England Guidance regarding Coronavirus.