From Books Council of Wales

Resource type: Competition

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS2

Region(s): Wales

BookSlam is a new competition run by the Books Council of Wales. The competition aims to promote reading for pleasure among pupils in Years 3-6 and is open to English medium primary schools in Wales. For Welsh medium and trans-lingual schools, the Gornest Lyfrau competition is also available.

BookSlam is designed to be flexible and can be run either as a whole-class activity or with smaller book groups. Schools can enter as many groups or classes as they wish.

To enter the competition, schools must:

  • Choose a book to read and discuss from a recommended reading list.
  • Create a promotional video for a second book chosen from the reading list.

Schools first enter a county round for the chance to go through to the national competition and the chance to win a BookSlam trophy and books for their school.

Supporting resources are available on request.


  • The deadline for registering is 19th January 2024.

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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BookSlam is a competition to promote reading for pleasure in Welsh primary schools.