Silly Squad Under 13s Reading Challenge

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The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays. This year, the Summer Reading Challenge’s Silly Squad will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. The Challenge will run to mid-September.

There are lots of ways you can get involved:

  • Find out about the great stuff you can join in, for free, over the summer, like storytellers and live dance classes by selecting Online events
  • Be in with a chance to win a £20 book token by entering one of our competitions by selecting Competitions:
  • Listen to or post a truly terrible joke or learn how to craft by clicking on Crafts and Jokes

Get involved now by selecting from the tabs below.

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays. This year, the Summer Reading Challenge’s Silly Squad will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. The Challenge will run to mid-September.

There are lots of ways you can get involved:

  • Find out about the great stuff you can join in, for free, over the summer, like storytellers and live dance classes by selecting Online events
  • Be in with a chance to win a £20 book token by entering one of our competitions by selecting Competitions:
  • Listen to or post a truly terrible joke or learn how to craft by clicking on Crafts and Jokes

Get involved now by selecting from the tabs below.

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    Write a silly story of no more than 500 words. The characters from this Silly Squad Reading Challenge can be included but this is not essential. Your story can be on any theme but should be funny, silly and definitely make us smile. The winner of the Silly Story Competition will receive a £20 national book token. 

    Click ‘add an idea’ to upload a story. Add a title and then write your story in the description box, you can also add a picture if you wish.


    • The closing date is 5 September
    • You need to live within the boundaries ofContinue reading


    Write a silly story of no more than 500 words. The characters from this Silly Squad Reading Challenge can be included but this is not essential. Your story can be on any theme but should be funny, silly and definitely make us smile. The winner of the Silly Story Competition will receive a £20 national book token. 

    Click ‘add an idea’ to upload a story. Add a title and then write your story in the description box, you can also add a picture if you wish.


    • The closing date is 5 September
    • You need to live within the boundaries of Cheshire West and Chester Council, be under 13 years old, and be a member of Cheshire West and Chester Libraries in order to win
    • If you’re not already a member, make sure you have your parent’s or guardian’s permission and join online here
    • If you don’t want to submit your entry below, you can post it to: Summer Reading Challenge, Ellesmere Port Library, Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BG
    • Winners will be announced in September and contacted by the email address used to register for this site
    • You can view the full terms and conditions of the competition here

    To add your idea
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    Start by submitting an idea
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    Share a happy memory of your time during lockdown with us. Entries can include writing a story, writing a poem, drawing pictures or creating some brilliant crafts!  The winner of the Lockdown Feelgoods Competition will receive a £20 national book token. 

    Click ‘add an idea’ to upload a lockdown feelgoods entry. Add a title, then if you are entering a story or poem please add your entry in the descriptions box, alternatively if you are entering a picture or some crafts, please upload a photo of your creation.




    Share a happy memory of your time during lockdown with us. Entries can include writing a story, writing a poem, drawing pictures or creating some brilliant crafts!  The winner of the Lockdown Feelgoods Competition will receive a £20 national book token. 

    Click ‘add an idea’ to upload a lockdown feelgoods entry. Add a title, then if you are entering a story or poem please add your entry in the descriptions box, alternatively if you are entering a picture or some crafts, please upload a photo of your creation.



    • The closing date is 5 September 
    • You need to live within the boundaries of Cheshire West and Chester Council, be under 13 years old, and be a member of Cheshire West and Chester Libraries in order to win
    • If you’re not already a member, make sure you have your parent’s or guardian’s permission and join online here
    • If you don’t want to submit your entry below, you can post it to: Summer Reading Challenge, Ellesmere Port Library, Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BG
    • Winners will be announced in September and contacted by the email address used to register for this site
    • You can view the full terms and conditions of the competition here.

    To add your idea
    Sign In / Register
    Start by submitting an idea
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    Now’s the time to get arty! Do a drawing of something silly. It could be anything – a cow driving a car, a librarian on roller-skates or a friend standing upside down. Show us what you can do. The winner of the Drawing Competition will receive a £20 national book token. 

    Click ‘add an idea’ to upload a drawing. Add a title and then upload a photograph of your drawing.



    • The closing date is 5 September 
    • You need to live within the boundaries of Cheshire West and Chester Council, be under 13 years old, and be a member of CheshireContinue reading


    Now’s the time to get arty! Do a drawing of something silly. It could be anything – a cow driving a car, a librarian on roller-skates or a friend standing upside down. Show us what you can do. The winner of the Drawing Competition will receive a £20 national book token. 

    Click ‘add an idea’ to upload a drawing. Add a title and then upload a photograph of your drawing.



    • The closing date is 5 September 
    • You need to live within the boundaries of Cheshire West and Chester Council, be under 13 years old, and be a member of Cheshire West and Chester Libraries in order to win
    • If you’re not already a member, make sure you have your parent’s or guardian’s permission and join online here
    • If you don’t want to submit your entry below, you can post it to: Summer Reading Challenge, Ellesmere Port Library, Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BG
    • Winners will be announced in September and contacted by the email address used to register for this site
    • You can view the full terms and conditions of the competition here.

    To add your idea
    Sign In / Register
    Start by submitting an idea
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    There are so many good books out there but how to choose? Well, by finding out more about it from someone else of course! So write a book review below, please include the author, title and what you thought about it. Reviews can be of any length and the best one will get a £20 national book token as a prize.

    Click ‘add an idea’ to add a book recommendation. Add the title of the book and then write your review in the description box, you can also add a picture if you wish.




    There are so many good books out there but how to choose? Well, by finding out more about it from someone else of course! So write a book review below, please include the author, title and what you thought about it. Reviews can be of any length and the best one will get a £20 national book token as a prize.

    Click ‘add an idea’ to add a book recommendation. Add the title of the book and then write your review in the description box, you can also add a picture if you wish.



    • The closing date is 5 September 
    • You need to live within the boundaries of Cheshire West and Chester Council, be under 13 years old, and be a member of Cheshire West and Chester Libraries in order to win
    • If you’re not already a member, make sure you have your parent’s or guardian’s permission and join online here
    • If you don’t want to submit your entry below, you can post it to: Summer Reading Challenge, Ellesmere Port Library, Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BG
    • Winners will be announced in September and contacted by the email address used to register for this site
    • You can view the full terms and conditions of the competition here.

    To add your idea
    Sign In / Register
    Start by submitting an idea