This week's Silly Squad Storytime Online is You Must Bring a Hat!
Written by Simon Philip, illustrated by Kate Hindley and published by Simon and Schuster, this is a tale of an invitation to the best party of all time - but you must bring a hat!
Join in with our fun activity at the end of the story and make your own party hat!
To see the subtitles on this activity, click the small box underlined in red at the bottom of the screen which appears when you start playing the video in full screen.
It’s villains and baddies week on the Summer Reading Challenge Facebook page, with Brian the Pony.
Brian is a total grump with no friends and no sense of humour. He’s too busy plotting against the Silly Squad to read any books and hopes his unicorn costume will throw them off the scent. No one would suspect a unicorn of getting up to mischief, would they?
Brian lives in the fun house attic, which he has turned into his Evil Lair. This naughty pony uses a flock of pigeon minions to spy on the Silly Squad and spends his days thinking up ways to spoil their fun.
Meet the authors, poets and illustrators involved in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.
Last but not least, our final Summer Reading Ambassador is Dame Jacqueline Wilson!
Former Children’s Laureate and multi-award winning author Jacqueline Wilson wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine and has not stopped writing since. She is possibly most famous for writing the Tracy Beaker stories and altogether has written over 100 books.
As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named after her!) before turning to writing novels full-time.
To discover more about the Ambassadors and other authors, poets and illustrators supporting this year’s Summer Reading Challenge why not visit our Children’s Activities page
Children will join the Silly Squad, a crew of fun-loving animals who enjoy exploring lots of different types of funny books. Step inside their colourful fun house for a side-splitting adventure celebrating the joy of reading - just watch out for a mysterious baddy who is up to no good!
West Sussex Libraries reopened for limited browsing hours week beginning Monday 17 August. For more information see our Libraries Reopening page. Children taking part in the Silly Squad reading challenge can also borrow and download eBooks and eAudiobooks from our eLibrary.
We are now also offering a Select and Collect service where you can reserve items online or ask staff to choose some for you. Once the books are available your local library will contact you by phone or email to arrange collection You may also be able to choose something from your school library, read a book you’ve got at home, or reread an old favourite that you really enjoy.
Find out how you can support children at the beginning of their reading journey, or check out our booklists offering recommended titles to support children with difficult situations and new experiences.
If you're stuck for ideas, The Reading Agency's online Book Sorter could be the answer! Children can tell the machine their age and the type of book they're looking for, in order to discover new titles recommended by others.
Q. How do I sign up for Silly Squad?
A. Go to the Silly Squad website to register. It’s completely free to take part.
Q. Why is the Summer Reading Challenge starting early?
A. Due to the current circumstances The Reading Agency decided to “…launch earlier than usual to keep children reading over the summer and support parents and carers with children already at home.”
Q. How many books do I have to read to complete the challenge this year?
A. There is no minimum number of books that children need to read this year. The Reading Agency suggests 6, but children can set their own target – from 1 to 99!
Q. Where can I get ideas of books I might like to read?
A. You can look at the booksorter on the Silly Squad website.
Q. I haven’t got any books at home that I want to use – can I get some library books?
A. West Sussex Libraries reopened for limited browsing hours week beginning Monday 17 August. For more information see our Libraries Reopening page, which also has details about our Select and Collect service where you can reserve items online or ask staff to choose some for you. Once the books are available your local library will contact you by phone or email to arrange collection. You can also access our eBooks and eAudiobooks. If you need help using our eLibrary please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Will I be able to get a medal and certificate?
A. We have ordered medals and certificates for the children in West Sussex who take part in the challenge. They will not arrive until July and we will let you know how you can get one to celebrate all of the reading you have been doing.
Q. What about the stickers?
A. We have ordered a supply of wallets and stickers as Silly Squad is mainly online and there will also be medals and certificates available later in the summer. If you would like to collect a wallet and stickers from your local library please indicate it on the Staff Select form.
Q. Will there be any activities over the summer that my children can take part in?
A. Due to the current situation we are planning to have online activities on our website. We currently have online Storytimes, Rhyme Times and Story Magic.. We also have a Facebook page for families called “Family Corner” which is a place where the whole family can come together to share stories, sing songs and enjoy all that libraries have to offer.
Q. I can’t do the Challenge online – can you help?
A. If you don’t have access to a computer or can’t do it online, then get in touch with us at email@example.com . When we receive the packs in July we will arrange to send one to you to take part.
Q. Is the mini-challenge running?
A. We are unable to run the mini-challenge this year, but we have ordered special golden stickers for children under 36 months, so that they can be rewarded with a certificate and sticker for taking part in the challenge.
Simon Sock is written by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, illustrated by Nick East and published by Hodder Children's Books. This amusing story is about finding the perfect pair! Visit their Supertato and Friends Facebook page for even more fun!
You can also download the template to make your own odd sock here.
I Can Only Draw Worms, written and illustrated by Will Mabbitt and published by Puffin.
You can also make worm puppets and a worm theatre and join in with the silly song, There's a Worm at the Bottom of My Garden!
You're Called What?! is written by the multi-award winning author of the Oi Frog series, Kes Gray, with super illustrations by Nikki Dyson and published by Macmillan Books, this pant-wettingly funny tale of real animals with unbelievably silly names with have you giggling for days!
You'll also learn to make your own two-ingredient slime at home!
To see the subtitles on these activities, click the small box underlined in red at the bottom of the screen which appears when you start playing the video in full screen.
What’s the difference between a unicorn and a carrot?
One’s a funny beast, and the other is a bunny feast!
Watch this video to find out how to register and take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and join in the fun!
Keep a lookout here for our regular Silly Squad newsletters!
The silliest members of the squad may wish to visit The Reading Agency's official Summer Reading Challenge website for more fun:
• Book Sorter - we cannot guarantee that all titles recommended by the Book Sorter are currently available in West Sussex, but please ask!
• Create a profile to submit book reviews and enter competitions
• Information for parents and carers
• Reading Club - find out more about some of your favourite authors and illustrators
• Activities - quizzes and competitions