Derby Family Arts Festival 23 - 31 Oct! Find out more

The Big Family Read - ONLINE Festival


Oct 4, 2021 to Oct 29, 2021

Fantastic For Families

As part of the Derby Family Arts Festival (23-31 October)

This year, the Big Family Read takes place fromMonday 4 October to Monday 29 November

Derby Libraries’ Big Family Read is about supporting the development of children's reading and writing skills, contributing towards improving children’s literacy levels and promoting reading for pleasure.  By taking one great book and encouraging hundreds of children and families across Derby to read, share and creatively engage with it, we aim to get families across the whole city reading and talking about books together.

How can my family get involved?

Derby Libraries will have multiple downloads of both the eBook and eAudiobook available online as well as paper copies across all our libraries, including Community Managed Libraries, for families to borrow. Visit your local library to find out more, or use our library catalogue to order the Big Family Read Book (see below), or download it using our BorrowBox App

What is this year’s book?

The book we have chosen this year is ‘Evie and the Animals’ by Matt Haig.  We chose this book because it’s a fun, heart-warming book full of thrills and spills but it’s also very timely with its themes of nature, helping to save animals and the environment and embracing difference. 



  • Free Entry
  • Suitable for Families

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