Silly Squad Under 13s Reading Challenge

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The Summer Reading Challenge is now closed.

Well done to everyone who did so much reading over the Summer and to those of you who attended our great events. For the national Summer Reading Challenge, click here. For details of what is currently happening in libraries, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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 is now closed.

Well done to everyone who did so much reading over the Summer and to those of you who attended our great events. For the national Summer Reading Challenge, click here. For details of what is currently happening in libraries, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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.

  • Online events

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    08 Sep 2020
    The Summer Reading Challenge has now closed, thank you to all of those who took part in our online events.

    We have lots of fun events for you over the Summer, the details of which can be found below. All of them will be online and free. You can book some now but some will only be bookable two weeks before the date of the event, the details for how to book are provided below.

    Keep an eye out on this website and on our social media for when they become available. We will also be adding further events and doing more on social media, so the following isn’t everything.

  • Wednesday 5 August 10.30am Creative Silly Dancing With Cheshire Dance

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    08 Sep 2020
    The Summer Reading Challenge has now closed, thank you to all of those who took part in our online events.

    A fun, creative dance class for children aged 4-7 years with Cheshire Dance. Come along to have a ‘Silly Squad’ boogie! No previous dance experience is necessary and this session is suitable for all children aged 4-7 years regardless of ability or disability.

    To register please click on the following link and fill in the form: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_P1WiPz52Qpqc2bzUt_jgIA . You will then receive an email with details of how to join.

    For help with using Zoom please see: http://www.cheshiredance.org/virtualclasses/zoom.html

  • Friday 7 August 10.30am Superhero Adventure With Noodle Performance Arts

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    08 Sep 2020
    The Summer Reading Challenge has now closed, thank you to all of those who took part in our online events.

    A 45 minute online interactive and energetic session aimed at 4-11 year olds as part of the Cheshire West & Chester Library Service and Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge!

    Dance, drama games and dressing up as the Silly Squad join our Superhero School, learn how to fight crime and foil the dastardly master criminals, Pony & Pidgeon.

    Available to book via https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/noodle-cheshire

  • Wednesday 12 August 10.30am The Twits

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    08 Sep 2020
    The Summer Reading Challenge has now closed, thank you to all of those who took part in our online events.

    Join storyteller John Kirk for a very special online retelling of Roald Dahl's "The Twits". Mr and Mrs Twit are disgusting people who enjoy playing horrid tricks on each other but when the Roly Poly Bird visits their garden their whole world is turned upside down! This presentation is made with kind permission from The Roald Dahl Story Company, Casarotto Ramsay and Netflix. Suitable for children aged 4 and above.

    Book through https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cwaclibraries

  • Friday 14 August 10.30am Pirate adventure with Noodle Performance Arts

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    08 Sep 2020
    The Summer Reading Challenge has now closed, thank you to all of those who took part in our online events.

    A 45 minute online interactive and energetic session aimed at 4-11 year olds as part of the Cheshire West & Chester Library Service and Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge!

    Dance, drama games and dressing up as the Silly Squad take to the Seven Seas in search of treasure. Join the Noodle crew and their Pirate Captain as we set sail, learn to be a pirate and make sure you don't end up walking the plank!

    Available to book via https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/noodle-cheshire

  • Tuesday 18 August 3.30pm Zoolab animals: Introducing...Crazy Crew!

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    08 Sep 2020
    The Summer Reading Challenge has now closed, thank you to all of those who took part in our online events.
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    As always, ZooLab has a madcap tale in store to inspire the next generation of readers and storytellers. This is no ordinary story! This story is about comedy, fun, laughter and wobbly jelly bellies. Join ZooLab’s talented animal crew as they ascend upon a fun-house comedy night. Will our talented bunch of animals get a comedy night filled with laughter or will the joke be on them? Our Crazy Crew of amazing ZooLab animals will be sure to ignite the imagination of children up and down the country.

    Book through ticketsource.co.uk/cwaclibraries

  • Wednesday 19 August 10.30am Creative Dance from Cheshire Dance

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    08 Sep 2020
    The Summer Reading Challenge has now closed, thank you to all of those who took part in our online events.

    A fun, creative dance class for children aged 4-7 years with Cheshire Dance. Come along to have a ‘Silly Squad’ boogie! No previous dance experience is necessary and this session is suitable for all children aged 4-7 years regardless of ability or disability.

    There is no charge to join in this class but registration is essential. To register please click on the following link and fill in the form: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OfEE4MRJR6u4-DKRF53h1Q . You will then receive an email with details of how to join.

    For help with using Zoom please see: http://www.cheshiredance.org/virtualclasses/zoom.html

  • Friday 21 August 10.30am Showman Adventure with Noodle Performance Arts

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    08 Sep 2020
    The Summer Reading Challenge has now closed, thank you to all of those who took part in our online events.

    A 45 minute online interactive and energetic session aimed at 4-11 year olds as part of the Cheshire West & Chester Library Service and Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge!

    Roll up Roll up! Dance, drama games and fun as we join the circus! Help the Silly Squad characters put on the Greatest Show, discover their special skills and discover your own inner showman.

    Available to book via https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/noodle-cheshire

  • Monday 24 August 2.30pm How to be an Awesome Storyteller with Simon Adepetun

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    08 Sep 2020
    The Summer Reading Challenge has now closed, thank you to all of those who took part in our online events.

    Would you like to know how to create the best stories ever? Do you want to be an awesome storyteller? What’s life really like as an awesome author? The Bee Hive adventure story, what’s it about?

    Come and find out as we zoom in a session with Warrington children writer and author of The Bee Hive Simon Adepetun.

    Book through https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cwaclibraries

  • Wednesday 26 August 10.30am Street Dance from Cheshire Dance

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    08 Sep 2020
    The Summer Reading Challenge has now closed, thank you to all of those who took part in our online events.

    A fun and funky street dance session for children aged 8-11 years based on the 'Silly Squad'. No previous dance experience is necessary and this session is suitable for all children aged 8-11 years regardless of ability or disability.

    To register please click on the following link and fill in the form: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AuoeFDA7T3Ke9tyOKYvBkw . You will then receive an email with details of how to join.

    For help with using Zoom please see: http://www.cheshiredance.org/virtualclasses/zoom.html