02 June 2020 Share
The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge 2020 is pleased to announce the initial line-up of stars who have pledged their support for this year before the digital platform launches on Friday 5th June..
The stars are: JACQUELINE WILSON, PAUL O’GRADY, CRESSIDA COWELL, CHARLIE CONDOU, PHILIP ARDAGH, DAVID BADDIEL, ROB BIDDULPH, SAM AND MARK, HACKER T DOG, BEN FOGLE, JOSEPH COELHO, KATIE THISTLETON, HARRY BAKER AND KONNIE HUQ.
The star-studded list of ambassadors includes: CBBC presenters Sam and Mark; children’s author Jacqueline Wilson; comedian and TV presenter Paul O’Grady; Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell; comedian and author David Baddiel; TV adventurer Ben Fogle; former Blue Peter presenter and children’s author Konnie Huq; performance poet Joseph Coelho and CBBC’s Hacker T Dog reunited with Radio 1’s Katie Thistleton. They are joined by children’s authors including Rob Biddulph, Philip Ardagh, Guy Bass, Steven Butler, Gareth P Jones, J M Joseph, Jennifer Killick and Silly Squad illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson, all of whom have books in the official Silly Squad book collection. Founder of The Shed School Ashley Bates, illustrator Johanna Basford OBE, actress and comedian Samantha Baines, author and game designer Gabrielle Kent, plus bestselling authors David McKee, Milly Johnson, Dorothy Koomson, Kit de Waal and Kate Clanchy MBE are also offering their support for the campaign.
Jacqueline Wilson, author and supporter of the Summer Reading Challenge says:“I feel the Summer Reading Challenge is extra important this year! How sensible to have a Silly theme. We've all had to deal with serious and scary issues, so it's time for a bit of fun. There are so many comical and crazy children's books to cheer us all up. Let's get reading and get happy!”
The Summer Reading Challenge will run from June to September, launching on Friday 5 June with a virtual Let’s Get Silly programme running from the Summer Reading Challenge’s Facebook page. The launch will feature special super silly readings, family activities and draw-a-longs from guest celebrities and authors. Over the summer, libraries will continue to run the Challenge in partnership with The Reading Agency, delivering it via virtual services and e-lending platforms, and adapting their delivery if social distancing measures develop and change.The full schedule will be announced the week commencing Monday 1 June with the following virtual events already confirmed: