Summer Reading Challenge 2020


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, with the disruption caused by Covid-19 and the impact of social distancing on schools and public libraries, the all-new digital aspect of the Summer Reading Challenge is launching earlier than usual to keep children reading over the summer and support parents and carers with children already at home.

The theme for the Challenge is “Silly Squad” – a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter, featuring bespoke artwork from award-winning children's author and illustrator, Laura Ellen Anderson.

The Challenge website will be free to access and a place for children to rate and review their books and work towards their reading goal.

It will also feature video content, games, quizzes, and digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in the Challenge at home.

How to join the Summer Reading Challenge

To join the challenge visit the Summer Reading Challenge website. For more information about how to use the Summer Reading Challenge website visit the help page.


Children who read 6 books and finish the challenge will have the chance of entering a prize draw. The prizes this year are:

  • A family ticket to Warner Bros Studio Tour “The Making of Harry Potter”
  • A tablet
  • A gift card from The Entertainer shop in Wimbledon

How to enter the prize draw

If you registered your child online at, you need to email a picture of the online Summer Reading Challenge certificate your child will receive to along with the child’s name and their Merton library card number.

For children with no access to the internet, they can go to any of our libraries and collect a Summer Reading Challenge Book Review flyer. Once the book review flyer is completed, you can hand it in at any of our open libraries.

Thank you to Morden Islamic Community Centre and Wimblecomm for sponsoring the prizes and The Entertainer (Wimbledon) for donating the gift card.


Book recommendations

Check out our recommendations for funny and silly eBooks and eAudiobooks that you can borrow from us online.

Silly Squad:

Let's Get Silly:

Books To Make You Laugh Out Loud:

You can also use the Book Sorter from the Silly Squad website to find book suggestions

if you prefer a physical book, you can order your books online, on the Merton Libraries App or by phoning or emailing one of our libraries.