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The Big Read is back!

Hutt City Libraries’ FREE summer reading challenge for tamariki starts on 1 December.

The Big Read, Hutt City Libraries’ successful reading programme is back this summer, encouraging tamariki (aged 0-12 years) across Lower Hutt to get excited about reading, engage with friends and whānau, and go in the draw to win great prizes.

Last year more than 1100 tamariki signed up to The Big Read, with over half of those completing the highest level, Platinum.

Research in New Zealand and internationally shows that reading levels often slip back over long breaks from kura/school such as the summer holidays. The Big Read is designed to support  our tamariki to maintain their reading levels over summer (or even excel) who have access to books and learning experiences during summer can maintain their reading levels.

Hutt City Libraries Children & Teens Librarian Kristine Saunders says “The Big Read is as much fun for library staff as it is for the participants. We love seeing our families challenge themselves to read more during the long summer holidays, and get a real thrill from hearing about the fun activities they come up with.”

Lillian Pak, Programme Development Manager, adds that, “local organisations and businesses love to support The Big Read because their prize sponsorship helps children in our community. We greatly value their generous contribution towards Libraries successfully achieving its goal of improving literacy across our city.”

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

Children receive a Big Read journal, to record their progress through the four levels. This year the entire family can join in, with The Little Read for under-5s, and ‘Explore. Read. Relax’ for teens and adults.

Tamariki can sign-up at any Hutt City Library from 1 December. For more information see or ask at your local library.

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