The Big Friendly Read ​#SummerReadingChallenge

Challenge your kids to the Big Friendly Read

The Summer Reading Challenge is back and Central Bedfordshire Libraries will be celebrating 100 years of the world's favourite storyteller – Roald Dahl.

The Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016 is aimed at children from ages 4-11 and their families and this year runs from Saturday, July 16 and will feature some of Roald Dahl's best-loved characters and the amazing artwork of his principal illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake.

Children that sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge will get a free collector folder to keep special Big Friendly Read cards. The cards include Quentin Blake illustrations and all six cards can be collected as kids read any library books of their choice. It's fun, it's friendly and, best of all, it's totally FREE.

Organised by The Reading Agency and the UK public library network since 1999, the Summer Reading Challenge is the UK's biggest annual reading promotion. Last year, in Central Bedfordshire over 5,000 children took part reading a total of 78,481 books.

How the Challenge works
1. The challenge invites children to read any six books or more during the summer holidays

2. Children can sign up at any library and receive a fold-up card wallet, into which they can slot six limited edition Quentin Blake collector cards, each celebrating a popular Dahl theme: Mischief, Invention, Adventure, Wordplay, Child Champions and Friendship

3. Collect rewards for every book you read along the way – a certificate for reading six books, rainbow glasses for 12 books and a medal for 18 books

4. Friendly library staff and volunteers help children choose great books to read and enjoy the linked activities throughout the summer.
Cllr Ian Dalgarno, Deputy Executive Member for Community Services, said: "Central Bedfordshire Libraries are delighted to be working with The Roald Dahl Literary Estate as they celebrate his Centenary this year. Library users of all ages will have a chance to reflect on their favourite Roald Dahl titles.

"This is a great chance for children to boost their confidence, self-esteem and their love of reading as part of a fun activity that can help keep them engaged during the school summer holidays."

Central Bedfordshire Libraries are also looking for young people aged 14-17 to volunteer and help out with Summer Reading Challenge 2016 to:

• Sign children up to The Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016

• Talk to children about the books they've been reading and give out incentives

• Help staff with summer activities

• Help with displays, shelving and shelf tidying

• Promote our Virtual Library and the Summer Reading Challenge website

Cllr Dalgarno added: "This is a great opportunity for young people as it can provide valuable work experience, provide a reference for employment and applications for further or higher education and the opportunity to gain nationally recognised volunteering awards."

The Summer Reading Challenge Facebook page is and on Twitter you can use the hashtag
#SummerReadingChallenge or #roalddahl100. 

The Reading Agency's Twitter handle is

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Quentin Blake and must only be used in support of The Big Friendly Read.