BIG Summer Read

Big Summer Read logo and banner. Vibrant coloured circles against a blue sky.

Keep the kids reading BIG this summer!

The BIG Summer Read is a statewide summer reading campaign for children and young people, open to anyone ages 0-18. It aims to encourage kids to read for pleasure and beat the ‘summer slide’ – the loss of literacy development over the long summer break when kids aren’t exposed to books or reading at school.

Track reading and complete challenges

Visit Beanstack to register now! Download the Beanstack app to collect your registration badge and meet this year’s cast of quirky characters.

BIG Summer Read character Red the book
BIG Summer Read character Connie the Ice-Cream Cone

Open from 1 December – 31 January

Keep reading in whatever format you choose! Book or audiobook – physical or digital – novel or comic book – it’s completely up to you.

Statewide prize winner announced 12 February

Winners will receive book packs donated by James Bennett.

  • Ages 0-4 – Board books
  • Ages 5-8 – Picture books
  • Ages 8-12 – Junior fiction/graphic novels
  • Ages 12-18 – YA fiction/graphic novels

Winners will be notified via email.

Pick up a Reading Log

You can also choose to grab a printed Reading Log from your local library. Completing a printed Reading Log doesn’t automatically enter you into the statewide prize draw – but it does enter you into the Your Library prize draw!

Win a Prize Pack from Your Library!

Submit your completed printed Reading Log to your local library by 31 January to go in the draw. The lucky winner will be announced on 12 February.

Big Summer Read character Bob the Apple
BIG Summer Read slogan in bold yellow font: JOIN BORROW READ WIN

Brought to you by

BIG Summer Read creator logo for Public Libraries Victoria
BIG Summer Read sponsor logo Bolinda BorrowBox
BIG Summer Read sponsor logo James Bennett
BIG Summer Read sponsor logo Story Box Library
BIG Summer Read sponsor logo School Library Association of Victoria

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Warm Winter Read

WWR 2024 banner

Warm Winter Read

Winter is here! It’s time to get cosy and make time for yourself with some amazing reads.

Reading is vital to a healthier, happier, more connected nation. The significant benefits of reading for pleasure include reducing depression, loneliness and dementia, and increasing empathy, self-esteem and awareness of other cultures.

The Warm Winter Read aims to encourage adult readers (16+) across Victoria to create healthy reading habits by tracking the days participants read over June, July, and August 2024. As the temperature drops, we want you to make time for yourself and your chosen story every day.

It’s easier to find time to read than you think. Listen to an audiobook on your commute to work, walking the dog, or while completing household chores; swap scrolling time for reading time; or simply replace one episode of a binge-watch with a chapter (or two) of a great book.

We’ll even help you find your next great read by celebrating fantastic books recommended by authors you love!

While reading is its own reward, you’ll also be in the running to win some great bookish prizes!

The Warm Winter Read campaign will run between 1 June and 31 August 2024.

Track your reading

To get started in this challenge, register for an account through the Vic Reads website or by using the paper tracking logs available at all branches of Your Library. Ages 16+

Not sure what to read next?

We’re here to help you find a story to snuggle up with as the temperature drops. So stay warm and get reading this winter!

Reading Challenges

Cosy up with a good book in your very own reading nook!

Start a new series, or read the next book in your current series. 📚

Listen to an audiobook while doing something else – running, cleaning, driving – it’s up to you! 👟

Whether you’ve whipped up a recipe straight from the pages of a book or paired a meal or drink with your latest read, we want to see it all. Share your culinary creations and literary adventures with us and let’s inspire each other to sink our teeth into the world of literature and gastronomy😍

Embark on a journey beyond imagination – read a book that transports your mind! 🚀

Return your recommendation slip to Your Library’! Whether you’ve been swept away by a captivating novel, delved into a thrilling mystery, or explored the depths of fantasy, we want to hear all about it! ❤️

Reading Recommendations

Your favourite Australian authors have given us lists of their top reads this year.

Alison Goodman

Garry Disher