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Challenge Check-In #1

Challenge Check-In #1

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Welcome to the Summer Reading Challenge check-in!

We’re super excited that it’s Summer Reading Challenge season, and so are our favourite authors!
Chris Riddell (author of the awesome Ottoline series and illustrator of lots of amazing stories) came to hang out with us at our Big Friendly Read party, and so did Roald Dahl’s grandson, Luke!

Joseph and Jemima helped Chris and Luke measure themselves on the Big Friendly Read height chart – can you guess which Roald Dahl characters they are the same height as? *


The Big Friendly Read is happening in libraries across the UK right now and you can take part all summer long!

Have you signed up yet? It’s really easy – just visit your local library to get started.

  • You can use this website to keep track of the books you’ve read and write reviews. Adding new books to your profile will unlock special badges too!
  • Post a message in Chat to talk with other readers – you can tell everyone how you’re getting on in the Challenge and let us know about the cool activities you’ve taken part in at the library.
  • What’s the best book you’ve read so far this summer? Let us know!
  • Head over to the Reading Club to watch videos from some of your favourite people, or give the Book Sorter a spin to find books recommended by other kids

*Chris Riddell is the same height as Mr Twit – but he’s definitely not as smelly!

*Luke Kelly is the same height as his grandad, Roald Dahl – how Dahl-ightful!

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.