BIG Summer Read

Looking for something BIG to do these summer holidays? Join the BIG Summer Read!

If you're aged between 5 and 12 years and love reading, this summer reading program is for you!

Join. Borrow. Play. Win!

If you're aged between 5 and 12 years and love reading, this summer reading program is for you!

How to play

Register online here

Dowload the free Beanstack Tracker app (or collect a printed booklet from the library)

Read at least 10 books and record them on Beanstack Tracker Complete fun activities to earn character badges - you'll need six badges to be eligible for a prize Finish your reading and activities by Monday 31 January 2022 to go in the prize draw!

Registrations now open!

The BIG Summer Read runs from Wednesday 1 December 2021 to Monday 31 January 2022. Register now!

Fun stuff

Want to know what some of the activities are?

  • Draw a favourite character from a book
  • Read a book that someone in your family loved they were little
  • Create a flip-book animation
  • And there are loads more!

Age range

Recommended for kids aged 5-12 years.


Vouchers from Fairfield Books, Reservoir Leisure Centre and Bundoora Park Farm.

Do I have to use the Beanstack Tracker app?

No, but we do recommend it! If you need a paper version, you can collect one from any of our branches.

Important, serious things

Please read the Terms and Conditions below with an adult for details about the BIG Summer Read and eligibility for the prize draw.

Your privacy is important. Please see the BIG Summer Read privacy information below to read about how your personal information is handled.

Terms and conditions

To enter the prize draw, entrants must complete the Activities and Reading Challenges by Monday 31 January 2022. If you are completing a paper entry, it must be returned to a branch of Darebin Libraries by this date.

To be eligible for a prize, entrants must be under 18 years of age. Prizes will not be awarded to anyone who does not meet the eligibility criteria. Entries are limited to one per child.

Prizes must be collected from a branch of Darebin Libraries within 30 days of the winner announcements. Uncollected prizes will be redrawn.

By entering the competition, you give permission for your child's first name to be displayed at Darebin Libraries' branches, on Darebin Libraries' Facebook page, website and eNewsletter. Displayed or published entries and winner announcements will include the child's first name only.

BIG Summer Read privacy information

Beanstack Tracker's servers are US-based. To safeguard your privacy, we ask for the minimum information: name (an alias is acceptable), email address, age and library service.

Any personal information collected as part of the BIG Summer Read will be used by Darebin Libraries and Public Libraries Victoria network for the purposes of this competition only.

Read Darebin Libraries' Privacy Statement for more information.

Zoobean provide Bean Tracker. Read Zoobean's Privacy Policy to learn more about how they handle personal information.


Public Library Victoria network's Privacy & Data Use Statement

When you participate in our reading challenges, your account information and information about the books you log are share with the Public Libraries Victoria network.

Many librarians across Victoria and the ACT will be able to access this information, but will only do so to contact you if you have won a prize. We will never share this information or contact you about anything else. You can request account deletion and any time by emailing