The Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016 launches in libraries across England and Wales on Saturday 16 July. There's a whole programme of events and activities for families over the summer, so head down to your local library, sign up and take part.
The Summer Reading Challenge invites 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer and there's a mini-challenge for younger brothers and sisters too.
This year the Summer Reading Challenge is delivered in collaboration with The Roald Dahl Literary Estate to celebrate 100 years of the world's favourite storyteller. The Big Friendly Read features some of Roald Dahl's best-loved characters and the amazing artwork of his principal illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake. It will encourage reading on a giant scale.
To take part in the Summer Reading Challenge, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library. They'll receive a special collector's folder and as they borrow and read at least six library books over the summer, they can collect six special cards to complete it.
The cards all feature original Quentin Blake illustrations and explore some of most popular themes in Roald Dahl's books such as invention, mischief and friendship.
Iman, 9, Wandsworth said:
"It's going to be the best Summer Reading Challenge ever. I love Roald Dahl!"
Chat and competitions on The Big Friendly Read website
There's also The Big Friendly Read website where children can chat, get reading recommendations from the Book Sorter and enter competitions.
Families, can also download the free app, kindly created for us by SOLUS. The app uses the Quentin Blake illustrations to trigger audio clips, including rare recordings of Roald Dahl sharing his writing tips and reading aloud, and unlock game content. It's also a great way to use the Book Sorter.
Sue Wilkinson, CEO, The Reading Agency, said:
"The Summer Reading Challenge is developed and delivered in partnership with librarians across the country. At The Reading Agency, we believe that everything changes when we read and we know from our research how much fun families and children have when taking part in the Challenge. This year we hope Roald Dahl's fantastic characters, and Sir Quentin Blake's brilliant artwork, will inspire many more children to take part and make use of their local library throughout the summer and beyond._"
In Scotland, where it's known as the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland, the Challenge launched on 25 June.
Please note: launch dates may vary locally, so do contact your local library for more information on how the Challenge will run in your area. Each local authority is also responsible for deciding when the Challenge will end in their libraries
Sign up at your local library now
Take a look at The Big Friendly Read trailer
Head to The Big Friendly Read website
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