BIG Summer Read

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A Victorian state-wide reading program

1 December 2021 – 31 January 2022

The summer school holidays are a time for kids to enjoy a break away from school and indulge in a less structured, relaxed lifestyle with family and friends.

While this is vitally important to their overall development and mental wellbeing, research has shown that kids can actually loose some of the literacy skills they gained during the year and start the next year at a disadvantage. It is called the Summer Slide and we see it all around the world. The answer to slowing this ‘slide’ is simple, and it does not involve more school work over summer!

Kids just need to keep reading for pleasure and/or be read to.

Summer is the perfect time for children to indulge in books and stories and this is where we come in!

The BIG Summer Read has been developed by Public Libraries Victoria in a joint effort to raise awareness of the benefits of reading over summer, and to ensure Victorian children have access to resources proven to slow the slide. Together we are aiming to engage 10,000 children in the program! Will you join in?

Program overview

Kids are encouraged to keep reading over the summer holidays with an incentivised program that uses Beanstack, a mobile app that rewards you for reading. When reading milestones are reached, kids earn activity badges for their Beanstack profile which increases their chances of winning a prize!

Participants need to log a minimum of 10 books and collect 5 activity badges to complete the challenge. All badges will be released at the start of the program and can be completed at any time.


Registrations open on 8 November 2021 prior to the program commencing on Wednesday 1 December 2021. The program ends on Friday 31 January 2022.

To Register online you will need to create an account with Beanstack. The Beanstack app can be downloaded from the App Store for iOS devices or Google Play for Android devices.

Children under the age of 13 will need their parent’s permission in order to register with Beanstack.  Parents can use the Family Account feature to track all of their children’s reading from a single login.

Alternatively, you can visit your local library and ask for a registration form to enter the program.


The Big Summer Read Program has been developed specifically for primary school aged children, however participants who are pre-schooler aged or a teenager up to the age of 18 are welcome.


Prizes will be presented for the follow age categories:

  • 5-7 year olds
  • 8-12 year olds
  • 12-18 year olds.

Further details about the prizes up for grabs will be available shortly.

Program Terms and Conditions

Entrants to the program must:

  • Be a member of one of our library branches that is participating in the Big Summer Read Program.
  • Be under the age of 18.
  • Reside in Victoria.
  • Be able to collect their prize from a Maribyrnong Libraries branch.

Prizes will not be awarded to anyone who does not meet the eligibility criteria.

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