FLINTSHIRE children are being encouraged to get involved in an annual literary event.

The theme for this year’s Reading 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.

Jacqueline Wilson, Summer Reading Challenge ambassador, said: "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.”

Children can collect their ‘Silly Squad’ Bags from Buckley, Connah’s Quay, Flint, Mold and Mobile Libraries from Monday, July 27.

These are full of all the goodies that they will need to complete the challenge from home this year.

Any books can be used: e-books, library books or participants' own books at home.

The aim is to encourage children to read whatever makes them happy, get silly and have fun.

Aura library service manager Susannah Hill said: “We really hope that children across Flintshire want to join our ‘Silly Squad’ and celebrate their reading adventure with us.

"We really want to encourage them to have fun and read whatever they like over the summer. We hope that the whole family will join in.”

Children can order library books via the Aura Libraries ‘Select & Collect’ service by calling 01352 703750, or emailing libraries@aura.wales ; their ‘Silly Squad’ bag will be available to collect with their books.

Aura Libraries will be offering lots of ‘Silly Squad’ activities online via Facebook and Zoom which children can join from the comfort of their own home.

There will also be some extra special activities especially created for Aura Leisure and Libraries by Theatre Clwyd and Mama G.

A whole host of virtual events and activities will be available via the company's Facebook page: @LlyfrgelloeddAuraLibraries

The challenge website (https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/join-in) will be free to access and a place for children to rate and review their books and work towards their reading goals.

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