AN incentive to keep children reading through the summer holidays will be hosted online this year, says Wokingham borough libraries.

The library group's annual summer reading challenge will be encouraging children to keep reading throughout the holidays, where a 'dip' in children reading usually occurs during this time.

Children aged 4-11 taking part in the challenge will be reading the fun and funny stories about an adventurous team of animals, named the 'Silly Squad'.

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Due to lockdown restrictions, this year's challenge will be focussed around a digital format, designed to engage children and keep them interested in reading with additional games, quizzes and downloadable activities centred around reading.

Cllr Parry Batth, executive member for environment and leisure, said: "We are thrilled that the eagerly awaited Summer Reading Challenge can take place this year virtually, while we continue to work towards reopening our libraries safely for all our residents and staff.

"The Summer Reading Challenge is a fantastic way to indulge our children’s imaginations, help them become more independent and build a sense of achievement.

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"I would encourage all our residents to join the library online and take advantage of all the e-books that are currently available.

"I hope this challenge will inspire children across our towns and neighbourhoods to discover some great books throughout the summer holiday and beyond."

Last year more than 2,000 children across the Wokingham borough took part in the annual summer reading challenge, which will run throughout the summer until mid-September.

To sign up, visit