Big Welsh Read

From Books Council of Wales

Resource type: Projects, programmes and workshops

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS2

Region(s): Wales

The Big Welsh Read is a reading for pleasure project designed to engage young readers in Years 3 – 6 and encourage them to read and talk about books with their peers. The project is administered by the Books Council of Wales who provide a list of recommended titles to use in Big Welsh Read book groups.

Primary schools in Wales can sign up to the Big Welsh Read to receive supporting resources that include:

  • Information about the books on the Big Welsh Read booklist.
  • Ideas and tips on how to run a book-club-style discussion.
  • Reading logs for individuals and groups.
  • A book guide for each title with ideas for cross-curricular activities and recommendations for further reading.
  • The opportunity to be invited to a Celebration Day with book-related activities and an author event.

The Big Welsh Read is designed to be flexible and can be run either  as a whole-class activity or with smaller book groups. Schools can choose to read as many of the suggested titles as they like and can register as many classes as they wish.


  • Schools can sign up from September.
  • Resource packs are available from January.
  • The Celebration Day takes place in the summer term.

Cost: Free but schools will need to buy sets of books for participating pupils.

About the Books Council of Wales: The Books Council of Wales is a national charity that supports and develops the publishing industry of Wales. Established in 1961, the Books Council of Wales works with publishers to nurture new talent and content in Welsh and English and promotes literacy and reading for pleasure through a range of campaigns, activities and events across Wales.

Literacy Hive Likes:

  • Flexible programme structure to enable schools to implement it in a way that works for them.
  • The booklists includes a range of texts, all with a strong Welsh connection.

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