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The Big Friendly Read

The Big Friendly Read

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This year the Summer Reading Challenge theme is… The Big Friendly Read!

Libraries all over the UK are celebrating 100 years of the wonderful writer Roald Dahl and his gloriumptious stories.

We know there are lots of Roald Dahl fans on the Summer Reading Challenge website…can you spot some of his characters?

Taking part in The Big Friendly Read is simple – when your summer holidays start, you can sign up at your local library. Read any six library books (or more!) over the holidays to collect special rewards and complete the Challenge.

You can use this website to keep track of the books you read and write book reviews, enter competitions, chat to other readers and much much more!

For all the latest Summer Reading Challenge updates keep an eye on our News page!

Information for adults


Visit our School Zone to access free resources and Challenge ideas for your class.


Visit our Home Zone, full of useful Challenge information for parents, grandparents and carers. For information about supporting reading in the early years visit our Pre-School Zone.


Visit our Library Zone to find libraries near you running the challenge, and how to take part.