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Research shows tamariki can maintain and even increase their reading levels if they keep reading over the summer break. The Big Read is a great way for your child to read books, complete fun activities and be in to win cool prizes!

It’s FREE for any child aged 0-12.

Sign up at your local library from 1 December 2018.

For more information on the “summer slide”, and how parents, schools and public libraries can make a difference, see keeping your child or teen reading over summer from National Library of New Zealand.

If you have any questions about The Big Read please contact

How it works – Ages 5-12

Tamariki keep a reading log and complete fun tasks. There are four levels tamariki can complete:

Bronzeread 2 books and complete 1 task
Silverread 3 more books and complete 1 more task
Goldread 4 more books and complete 1 more task
Platinumread 10 more books and complete 2 more tasks

Tamariki should try and read books that challenge and excite them. They can be fact or fiction.

A list of tasks is provided in the journal but tasks are limited only by imagination! Stuck for ideas? HAve a chat to to staff at your local library and they can give you suggestions!

When they finish a level tamariki visit their local library and talk to staff about their reading, get their journal stamped, and enter the prize draw. Each level completed equals one entry.

Our fabulous prizes include exciting experiences and books from: Cupcake Sweeties, The Dowse Art Museum, Friends of Hutt City Libraries, Gecko Press, HangDog Indoor Climbing Centre, Hutt City Kindergartens, Hutt City Pools, La Bella Italia, LightHouse Cinema Petone, Neko Ngeru Cat Café, Seashore Cabaret, Staglands Wildlife Reserve & Café, and Zealandia.

How it works – Under-5s

Under-5s have their own journal!

Under-5s need to complete 10 activities. Suggestions are provided in the journal but if you need more ideas ask staff at your local library!

Choose activities that are suitable and safe for your child.

In addition to the activities for under-5s, you should aim to spend ten minutes each day reading with your child. The time you spend now will help your child build a lifelong reading habit.

When finished visit your local library, have a chat to staff about what you’ve completed (we love to know what you did over summer!) and enter the prize draw.

Prizes have been generously donated by: Friends of Hutt City Libraries, Hutt City Kindergartens and Hutt City Pools.