Monday 10 October 2016 to Saturday 25 February 2017

British Council Young Learners Centre is running the annual Reading Challenge, a programme which aims to encourage children to read more books. This year, the theme is ‘The Big Friendly Read’ to celebrate Roald Dahl’s centenary.

2016 Reading Challenge ‘The Big Friendly Read’

The Big Friendly Read celebrates Roald Dahl's centenary (2016 marks 100 years since his birth in 1916) and features some of Roald Dahl's best-loved characters and the amazing artwork of his principal illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake. 

The Big Friendly Read will encourage reading on a giant scale and will highlight themes such as invention, mischief and friendship, all of which are explored in Roald Dahl's most famous books.

Children will be encouraged to explore similar themes, fantastic facts, characters and stories across the best in contemporary children's writing.

During that time, your child will be encouraged to borrow books from the library here and keep a note of books they have read. Each time they read a book, they can collect a card to put into their collector folder. There are also activity books and bookmarks to collect. 

  • Date: 10 October 2016 – 25 February 2017
  • Centre: City Hall / Mokdong / Seocho Centre
  • Who: All students studying at the British Council Young Learner Centre

What is the Reading Challenge?

The Reading Challenge is a programme co-ordinated by the Reading Agency which aims to encourage children to read more books.

It is run in UK libraries during the summer holidays. A modified version is offered to British Council centres who run the Challenge in their libraries, teaching centres and in local schools across the globe.

Every year the Reading Challenge has a different theme – this year it is ‘The Big Friendly Read’. The Challenge is supported by an interactive website with a range of children’s activities. The emphasis is on fun and enjoyment and the programme is very popular with children and parents.

British Council Reading Challenge

With the expansion of the Reading Challenge in the UK, a lot of British Council teaching centres in different countries run the Reading Challenge every year. Last year’s Reading Challenge (Record Breakers) involved 35 offices in 19 countries, and reached thousands of children.