The Big Family Read returns this October with an animal adventure

Published: 7 September 2021

The Big Family Read 2021 - Evie and the Animals

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Derby Libraries annual Big Family Read will begin on Monday 4 October with Matt Haig’s ‘Evie and the Animals’ as this year’s book choice.

The story centres around a young girl named Evie who has a talent that lets her hear the thoughts of animals! However, after an encounter with a Lion, things start to go wrong and it’s up to Evie to save her animal friends.

Families who want to get involved with the Big Family Read will be able to borrow eBook, eAudiobook and print copy versions of the book from libraries across the whole city, using the BorrowBox App for the digital versions.

As well as reading, the Libraries team are encouraging young readers to become young writers with a short story competition. Young authors aged five to 12 can enter a story of up to 300 words for a chance to win a set of eAudiobooks, donated by Bolinda (our eBook supplier).

Look out for our fun video by author and storyteller Robin Simpson. He’ll be talking about animals, adventure, nature and the environment so this should help you get started with your competition story.

Councillor Ross McCristal, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture commented:

“So many of us have rediscovered our love of reading during the pandemic and the Big Family Read is a great opportunity for families to come together and share the joy of reading. We can’t wait to read the competition entries and see what Derby’s youngest authors have to offer!”

Further information about the Big Family Read is available on the Derby Libraries website.


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