BOOKWORMS across Inverclyde still have time to get involved in a fun reading project to keep them occupied this summer.

Youngsters aged up to 12 can play games, earn badges and win prizes in this year's 'Silly Squad' summer reading challenge.

The Silly Squad characters - animal friends who go on adventures and enjoy reading funny books - have been created by award-winning author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson.

Summer Reading Challenge packs - containing books, activity sheets and a special surprise - are now available from Greenock Central Library, Port Glasgow Library and Gourock Library.

Packs are available until August 15 and can be ordered using the Connect & Collect service, online or by phone.

Councillor Jim Clocherty, convener of Inverclyde Council’s education and communities committee, said: "This event helps children discover the joy of reading and the sheer diversity of books.

"This year’s challenge is all about funny books, happiness and having a laugh.

"The challenge is always very popular in Inverclyde, with large numbers of kids taking part.

"It makes a valuable contribution to how well local children do at school."

To use the Connect & Collect service, contact your chosen library between 11am and 2pm, Monday to Friday.

The pack will be ready for collection between 11am and 2pm the following day.

To order online, visit and choose Silly Squad as your preferred genre.