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You can read about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge on our About page here

For information for parents and carers, take a look at our Home Zone

For information for schools, take a look at out School Zone

Below you can find answers to some questions about using this website.

Click the section headings and questions to find answers to your queries.


Your Online Account
For questions about signing up to this website; logging in to your account; usernames, passwords, and screen names

Taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge
For questions about participating in the 2020 Challenge; finding books to read; recording your progress using your profile page

Further Questions
How to get in touch with The Reading Agency if your question is not answered on this page


Your Online Account

How do I sign up to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge online?

My child has signed up to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge. What do I need to do next?

I don’t think I’ve received a confirmation email. What should I do?

I signed in to my Summer Reading Challenge account, but there’s a different name at the top of the page. Is this my account?

My Silly Squad Screen Name is Anonymous. What does this mean?

I’ve forgotten my Username, what do I do?

I’ve forgotten my Password, what do I do?

I’m a parent and I’ve forgotten my details, what do I do?

I’m trying to sign up for my own parent account but it says the email is already taken. Is it because my child used it to sign up?


Your Online Account

How do I sign up to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge online?

If you already have a Summer Reading Challenge account, head to the home page and select the pink LOGIN button. Enter your Username and Password to sign in to your profile.

To join the Summer Reading Challenge for the first time, you will need:

  • Permission from your parent or carer

  • An email address belonging to your parent or carer

Head to the home page and click the blue JOIN NOW button to get started.

Follow the steps below to complete the registration:

1. Enter your date of birth when prompted and click Continue
2. Enter the email address belonging to your parent/carer
3. Pick a Username and a Password. Try to a pick a Username that is unique to you – you could include numbers or extra letters. We recommend you do not pick your real name. Your Password must be at least 6 characters long. You will need this Username and Password to sign in to your account once it has been set up.
4. Enter your name and click Submit to move on to the next page

What should I do if the page refreshes and I don’t move on to the next page?

Pick a different Username, as someone else may have already signed up with the same one you chose.
There will be a notification to let you know if your chosen Username is already in use.

We will send an email to the parent/carer address you gave us to let them know you have started the sign up process.

Your parent/carer will now need to complete the next part of the process for you


My child has signed up to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge. What do I need to do next?

You will have received a confirmation email from the address passport@readingagency.org.uk
Please read this email closely before continuing the registration process.

To set up your child’s Summer Reading Challenge profile, we are required by law to confirm your consent before we complete the account registration.

You may already have a Reading Agency account, from one of our other programmes such as World Book Night or Reading Groups for Everyone. If you do, have these log in details handy to complete the rest of the process.

If you do not already have a Reading Agency account, you can sign up for one here.

Please ensure you enter your own date of birth. If you sign up as a child (under 16), you won’t be able to continue with the confirmation process.

You should now have your own set of Reading Agency account details.

In the confirmation email we sent you, there is a link called ‘Review child account request’
Click this link. You will land on the website log in screen.
Enter your own Username and Password to sign in.
Do not enter your child’s Username and Password, as you will not be able to proceed.

When you sign in, you will land on a page titled ‘Your child’s account’.
Complete the fields on this page, and tick the relevant box(es) to confirm you give your consent.

After submitting your consent, you will see a Thank you message.
Your child’s Summer Reading Challenge account is now set up and ready to use.

Visit the home page and choose the Log in button.

Enter the Username and Password your child chose in Step 3 above.


I don’t think I’ve received a confirmation email. What should I do?

Visit the log in page and enter the Username and Password your child has chosen for their account.

The next page will ask you to enter a parent/carer email address.

Enter your chosen address and a new confirmation email will be sent out to you. You may wish to check your Junk folders as well.

If you have completed this step and have not received an email, please do get in touch,
To re-send your confirmation email manually, we need to know the Username of the account you are trying to approve, so that we can find it in our system. Please send the account Username to our team and we will request a new email. You may wish to check your Junk folders as well.


I signed in to my Summer Reading Challenge account, but there’s a different name at the top of the page. Is this my account?

Don’t worry! Everyone on the Summer Reading Challenge website receives a Silly Squad Screen Name to help keep them safe. Silly Squad names are made up of three words, for example, ‘Doctor Pineapple Wellington’

The Username and Password you chose when you filled in the registration form will still work – you will need to remember these details to sign in to your profile each time you visit this website.

Some people enter their real name as their Username, and to keep you safe we don’t want this to show up when you leave comments or send us book reviews. That’s why you have a Silly Squad Screen Name too. When you first start the Silly Squad Challenge, you can use the name generator to create your name. Spin for a new name until you see one you’d like to keep. Once you have chosen your Screen Name, you won’t be able to change it again.


My Silly Squad Screen Name is Anonymous. What does this mean?

If the date of birth you used to create your account indicates it belongs to adult, you will receive the screen name Anonymous instead of a three word screen name.

This is because the same sign up system is used across all Reading Agency websites, where adults are able to post using their real names if they wish. We don’t allow any personal information to show up on this website, so adults automatically show as Anonymous instead.

To receive a Silly Squad Screen Name, you need to make sure you put in your own date of birth when you complete the registration form. You can still use this website and take part in the Challenge if you’ve accidentally signed up as an adult.


I’ve forgotten my Username, what do I do?

Your parent/carer can find your Username for you on their own account. Sign in to the parent account and click ‘Children’. Click on the name of the child account to see your details.


I’ve forgotten my Password, what do I do?

Your parent/carer can reset your password for you using their own account. Sign in to the parent account and click ‘Children’. Click on the name of the child account and the next page will have a link to reset your password.


I’m an adult and I’ve forgotten my details, what do I do?

You can reset a forgotten password by entering your email address here.

If you have forgotten your Username, please get in touch with the Summer Reading Challenge team and let us know the email address you used to create the account so we can find you in the system.


I’m trying to sign up for my own adult account but it says the email is already taken. Is it because my child used it to sign up?

When your child signs up for an account, we only ask for your email address so we can contact you for your consent, and so the email is not ‘taken’ by their account.

If you receive a message stating your email is already in use, this means you are already registered for an adult account with The Reading Agency. You can retrieve forgotten account details by following these steps.


Taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge

Who can take part in the Summer Reading Challenge?

What do I have to do to complete the Summer Reading Challenge?

How do I add a book to my profile?

What is my wishlist?

Do I read books on this website?

How do I remove a book from my profile?

How do I see all of the rewards I’ve unlocked?

How does the Book Sorter work?


Taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge

Who can take part in the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged 4-11.

Younger/older children are also able to sign up should they wish to take part.

Usually, the Challenge takes place in libraries across the country. This year, with the disruption caused by COVID-19 and the impact of social distancing on schools and public libraries, the new digital Summer Reading Challenge platform incentivises children to keep reading over what has become a much longer summer period.

As a pilot initiative, the platform does not include a separate Mini Challenge strand for pre-schoolers, but families can still join in all the fun by creating a website profile and choosing a reading goal together. Visit our Book Collection pages to find lots of lovely picture book suggestions perfect for reading aloud with younger children.

Contact your local library to find out about the services and activities on offer over the summer. Depending on your location, you may be able to visit your library in person.

What do I have to do to complete the Summer Reading Challenge?

When you join the Challenge, you will be asked to set yourself a reading goal for the summer.

We recommend you set your goal at six books, but you are free to pick whichever number is right for you.

You can use any books you like to complete your Challenge: fiction, fact books, poetry, joke books, picture books, audio books all count! Visit your local library service website to borrow ebooks and audiobooks free of charge. Read our handy guide to find out more about accessing books while you’re at home.

Each time you finish a book, add it to your Silly Squad profile, give it a rating and leave a review.

Your profile will show you your progress in the Challenge – keep reading to meet your goal!

You’ll unlock digital rewards along the way. There’s also a certificate to download and keep when you make it all the way to your goal!

How do I add a book to my profile?

Sign in with your Username and Password to land on your profile page. If you are already logged in, use the ‘My Challenge’ button in the top right corner of the screen to go to your profile.

Your profile will show you your progress in the Challenge so far.

Underneath the progress box you can see the books you have read. Choose the pink ‘Add a book to my Challenge’ button to add a book once you have finished reading it.

Give your book a rating out of five and write a review to let everyone know what you thought. Choose the Submit button to add the book to your profile.

Your review will be checked by the Summer Reading Challenge moderation team and it will be published as long as it does not break any of the website rules. You will then be able to see your review by clicking on the book cover.

What is my wishlist?

Your wishlist is where you can keep track of all the books you would like to read this summer. You can use your wishlist to save the books you think look interesting, then use your local library service or chosen e-lending platform to look them up to read

This is different from the reading goal on your profile – you should only add a book to your progress page once you have actually finished it.

Do I read books on this website?

This website will give you lots of ideas for brilliant books to read, book-themed activities and games to enjoy, and a profile to keep track of your summer goal.

To read a book online, you can go to your local library service website, where you can borrow their ebooks and audiobooks for free – it’s just like going to the library for the usual Summer Reading Challenge, but online!

You can use your local library’s website and apps to access free reading materials and to see the latest information on books and services available in your area.
Read our handy guide to find out more about accessing books while you’re at home, on and off-line.

How do I remove a book from my profile?

If you accidentally add a book you have not read to your profile, you can remove it from your list.

Log in to your profile and go to the My Books page here – this will show you all the books you have added to your profile.

Find the book you want to remove and click the ‘Delete from profile’ button underneath it to take the book off your list.

How do I see all of the rewards I’ve unlocked?

You can see all of the badges and rewards items you have unlocked on your profile page.

Log in to your profile and scroll down to the Your Badges box to see your latest badges.

Click the green ‘Tap here to view them’ link underneath your badges to see all of the rewards you have unlocked.

If you’re currently logged in to the website, you can click this link to go straight to your rewards page.

How does the Book Sorter work?

Every time a Summer Reading Challenge website user adds a book to their profile, it gets added into the Book Sorter as a recommendation for other children.

All the titles the Book Sorter suggests are chosen by children using this website.

For example, if a child aged seven adds Pugs of the Frozen North to their Summer Reading Challenge profile, Pugs of the Frozen North may then appear in the Book Sorter results as a suggestion for readers aged seven.

The Reading Agency does not select any particular authors or titles to appear in the Book Sorter search results, or assign a set reading age to the titles recommended. If a book has been read by lots of children using the website, it may appear in the Book Sorter results more frequently.

Click the ‘Surprise Me’ button on the Book Sorter results page to shake up the suggestions.

Take a look at the Silly Squad Book Collection for books chosen by children and librarians to reflect the Summer Reading Challenge 2020 theme.


Further questions

If you have a question about the Summer Reading Challenge that is not answered on this website, please contact the team via email and we will do our best to help you. The Reading Agency working hours are 9am-5.30pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm Friday. We are only able to respond to messages inside business hours, but will endeavour to respond to queries as swiftly as we can.

If your query relates to Summer Reading Challenge activity organised by your local authority library service, please contact them directly, as they are best placed to advise on what is happening this summer in your local area. Your local library service will also be able to help you with any questions on accessing ebooks and audiobooks via their e-lending platforms, on accessing physical books and materials.

If you are reporting a technical issue with the Summer Reading Challenge website, please be ready to share the following information with us when you get in touch, as it enables us to help you more quickly:

  • If your query relates to a website account, please let us know the email address used to set up the account, and where possible, the Username you chose when completing the registration form.
  • For children’s accounts, if you can please send us your child’s Silly Squad Screen Name as well, this helps us identify the user in our system.
  • If your query relates to an aspect of the website that appears not to be working correctly, please include a link to the specific page and a screenshot of the issue you are experiencing.

You can contact the Summer Reading Challenge team at: summerreadingchallenge@readingagency.org.uk

You can contact The Reading Agency press and communications team at: comms@readingagency.org.uk

Please direct queries about other Reading Agency programmes to: info@readingagency.org.uk, and we will put you in touch with the relevant programme team.

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