BIG Summer Read

A Victorian State Wide Reading Program

1 December 2022 to 31 January 2023

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What is it?

Kids and Young People are encouraged to keep reading over the summer holidays with an incentivised program that uses Beanstack, a mobile app that rewards you for reading. When reading milestones are reached, ‘badges’ are earned for their Beanstack profile and increase their chances of winning a prize! Participants need to log a minimum of 10 books. All badges will be released at the start of the program and can be completed at any time.

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When does it start?

The program will open for pre-registration on Monday 7 November 2022 and starts Thursday 1 December 2022. Pre-registration is where participants can create their account on Beanstack and sign up to the program. It ends on Tuesday 31 January 2023.

What is the intended age range for the Big Summer Read?

All children and young adults, aged 0 to 18.

What are the prizes?

We are offering local and statewide prizes as an incentive for children to enter the challenge.

Statewide prizes include:

  • 2 x $250 Readings vouchers for kids between the ages of 5 and 12
  • A $500 Reading voucher for kids between the ages of 13 and 18.

In addition to the statewide prizes, the local prizes include:

Early Years (under 5 years) - to be advised

Primary Years (ages 5 to 12)
Three prize packs to be won that include:

  • A double pass to the Sun Theatre cinema and $50 voucher to use on extra tickets or epic candy bar feast!
  • A double pass to an adrenalin rush at Clip 'n' Climb Williamstown
  • $30 Younger Sun book shop voucher
  • Family pass to Science Works
  • Visual art diary, art materials and activity book to unleash holiday your creativity
  • Voucher to Snowballs Lolly Shop for essential reading snacks.

Young Adult (ages 13 to 18)

  • 2 x $50 Grazeland voucher
  • $75 Sun Bookshop voucher
  • $50 Sun Theatre voucher

Winners and Hobsons Bay Libraries will be notified via email. Terms and Conditions can be found at

Will there be a paper-based alternative for those unable to use technology?

Yes – you can pick up a simple paper version at a library branch and return when completed to be included in the prize draw.

What safeguards are in place to protect users’ privacy?

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.


Terms and Conditions:

Library members participating in the Big Summer Read must be under the age of 18, reside in Victoria and must be able to collect their prize from a Hobsons Bay Libraries branch.

Prizes will not be awarded to anyone who does not meet the eligibility criteria. 

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