The Big Friendly Read

The Summer Reading Challenge is back, this year with a Roald Dahl theme. 

Research shows that reading for pleasure is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background, and that children who use libraries are twice as likely to be above average readers.

The Challenge builds confidence and independent reading, while preventing the dip in children’s reading levels during the long break from school.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a unique partnership between The Reading Agency and public libraries across the UK which last year got more than 780,000 children borrowing, reading and talking about their favourite books.

It has a new theme each year and in 2016 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 will feature 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, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library. Go to to find your nearest library.  Children will 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.

It all begins on 23rd July and finishes on 3rd September.

Children can use the special website to create a profile, chat about books, and get help on what to read next, via the digital Book Sorter which already offers over 500,000 peer to peer children’s book recommendations in child-friendly categories.

Families, libraries and schools can also download a free mobile app which will use the original Quentin Blake illustrations to trigger audio clips, including rare recordings of Roald Dahl sharing his writing tips and reading aloud, and unlock game content.

For more information on the Summer Reading Challenge including how to get involved go to

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