Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge 2016 Launch with "The Twits" .

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The Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge 2016 Launch at Bradford Libraries will be on Tuesday 19th July, with a storytelling performance by John Kirk of "The Twits". There are two events - one at City Library @ 9.30am and one at Shipley Library @ 1.15pm, for classes from Y2 to Y5.

Join the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations in conjunction with the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and the Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge 2016. The Big Friendly Read will encourage reading on a giant scale and celebrate Roald Dahl and all his wonderful stories, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the Big Friendly Giant. Not only can you join us for the Big Friendly Read launch but you have the chance to win a free author event at your school later in the year.




Join us for the launch of


Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge 2016


John Kirk and his story-telling performance of “The Twits”


Tuesday 19th July


 City Library @ 9.30am


Shipley Library @ 1.15pm




The event is open to classes from Y2, Y3, Y4 and Y5. Children will also have the opportunity to be amongst the first to join the summer reading challenge.  We have 3 class places available for each library. We will offer one class (max 30) per school. This is a free event.

If you are interested please return the form attached.  Closing date for applications is Tuesday 7th June 2016

In addition, Bradford Libraries will be offering author events to the two Bradford schools with the highest percentage of children participating in the challenge and the highest percentage of children who complete the challenge i.e. read six books. The Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge information packs will be arriving with you shortly, please look out for them and use the material included to promote the challenge in your school. Last year Bradford had over 4200 children participate in the Summer Reading Challenge and more children in Bradford joined the library to do the Summer Reading Challenge than in any other Yorkshire authority.  This is great; however, we want to do more to encourage children to participate and to discover the enjoyment of reading. Advocacy from you as a teacher is extremely important. Please encourage your pupils to join the summer reading challenge and not to miss out on this important and enjoyable way to maintain or improve reading levels throughout the summer.


If you require further information about any of the above or the Summer Reading Challenge please contact Christinea Donnelly Development Officer for Young People



Published: 19/05/2016
Audience: Primary Head Teachers; Literacy Coordinators; Primary Teachers
Contact: Christinea Donnelly

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