Angela the triangle advertises the Big Summer Read

A Victorian State Wide Reading Program

1 December 2021 – 31 January 2022

Ages 5-12

Get busy reading these holidays for the chance to win great prizes in the Kids BIG Summer Read challenge! Keep reading over the summer holidays and record it on Beanstack, a mobile app that rewards you for reading. When reading milestones are reached, kids earn ‘badges’ for their Beanstack profile and increase their chances of winning a prize! 

Pre-registration for the BIG Summer Read is now open! Please read the Terms and Conditions then start your online registration for your Beanstack Account.

Our Librarians are here to help you at the library or over the phone 8734 8999.

To participate offline please see the section about Accessibility.

Pre-register now

Terms and Conditions



  1. The Big Summer Read Competition is run by Public Libraries Victoria (‘PLV’) and is supported by Wyndham City Council (‘Council’).
  2. You acknowledge and agree that the competition, including the prize draw, will be administered by PLV in accordance with their terms and conditions.
  3. As part of this competition, Council has provided three prizes to be awarded by PLV in the prize draw, being:
  4. First prize: Museums Victoria Household membership, valued at $99.  Refer to Museums Victoria’s website for terms and conditions relating to memberships.
  5. Second prize: Zoos Victoria Adult Yearly Pass, valued at $120.  Refer to Zoos Victoria’s website for terms and conditions relating to yearly passes.
  6. Third prize: LEGO Creator Medieval Castle (or equivalent), valued at $119.
  7. To be eligible to receive one of these prizes, competition entrants must:
    a) live in Victoria;
    b) be a member of the Wyndham Library Service;
    c) be aged between 5 and 12;
    d) have their parent or legal guardian’s consent to enter the competition; and
    e) not be an immediate family member of a Council staff member or a Councillor.
  8. The prize draw will be conducted by PLV and winners will be required to contact Council to arrange collection of their prize.  Council accepts no responsibility for any lost prizes.
  9. Council may, acting in its entire discretion, amend these conditions at any time without prior notice.
  10. Council’s decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.



Beanstack Privacy Information

Beanstack’s servers are US-based, and to safeguard users’ privacy we are asking for the bare minimum of personal information: email, name (an alias is acceptable), age & library service.

Read Beanstack’s privacy policy to learn more about how they handle user’s personal information and what they use/don’t use it for.


If you can’t use Beanstack and need to participate offline, because of limited digital literacy skills; no technology (no computer, smart phone or other device); or language barriers, you can participate on paper too. Our librarians are here to help you at the library or over the phone 8734 8999. The paper form will be available from 1 December, but you can register your information with us now!


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 lose 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, and be read to.

Summer is the perfect time for children to indulge in books and stories and read for pleasure.

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?

Book Recommendations

Looking for something new to read?

We've got lots of book lists with our favourite books here, packed with great suggestions. And not just books, but also eBooks and eAudiobooks you can read or listen to on a computer, phone or device!

Visit Kids Reading Lists

You can check out our eLibrary too - all kinds of things you can download straight away, without having to come into the library!

Visit Kids eLibrary

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