Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge 2016 Starts Saturday 16th July

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The Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge Summer Reading Challenge 2016 starts Saturday 16th July in all libraries throughout the Bradford district. Please remember to mention to your pupils.

Please find attached the Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge 2016 Events Booklet and Letter for Parents.


The Summer Reading Challenge is a national library initiative, delivered by libraries in partnership with the Reading Agency, to encourage primary age children to continue to read throughout the summer holidays. Research shows that the Summer Reading Challenge improves children’s enjoyment of reading, as well as their reading range, confidence and motivation and it helps prevent the summer holiday dip in literacy skills. The theme this year is the Big Friendly Read celebrating Roald Dahl 100 with the Roald Dahl Literary Estate. All our libraries throughout the Bradford district will be involved in the Summer Reading Challenge. Every child who joins the “Big Friendly Read” will receive a fold-up wallet with six limited edition Quentin Blake collector cards. There are also bookmarks, fortune tellers, key rings, Rainbow Glasses and wristbands to collect. Every child who reads 6 books will receive a certificate and medal complete with presentation wallet, all featuring the amazing artwork of Roald Dahl’s principal illustrator, Quentin Blake, and fantastic to take back to school in September to impress teachers and friends!

Why not have celebrations of your own in September for the children from your school that took part? We can provide schools with the names of children who participated and/or completed the challenge. This year we are also offering the school with the highest percentage of participants in the challenge and the school with the highest percentage of completers a free author event at their school. Last year winners were Girlington Primary with 60.8% participating and St Mary’s & St Peter’s Primary with 22.4% completing. There were two other schools who were Highly Commended too and all received a visit from award winning children’s author Phil Earle.


Last year Bradford had over 4200 children participating in the Summer Reading Challenge. Furthermore more children joined the library to do the summer reading challenge in Bradford than in any other Yorkshire authority. Did your school participate? Are your pupils missing out on this important and enjoyable way to maintain or improve reading levels throughout the summer?


Published: 14/07/2016
Audience: Head Teachers, Primary Teachers, Literacy Coordinators
Contact: Christinea Donnelly

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