Let's go on a dinosaur discovery adventure with Derby Libraries’ Big Family Read. Join in from Mon 20 Feb to Sat 1 Apr with the ROAR-some reading theme of dinosaurs! This reading challenge aims to encourage families across Derby with children aged three to 11, to read for fun with events, activities, and a book competition.

Reading with children has many benefits, from improving vocabulary to broadening budding imaginations. The Big Family Read is the perfect opportunity for families across Derby to get together and read for fun.

To take part, pick up a book about dinosaurs and explore the prehistoric world as a family. It can be any type of book from ebooks, and audiobooks, to traditional paperbacks. Derby Libraries offer a range of titles about dinosaurs to get children started with their reading challenge. Books can be borrowed for free with a library card.

If don’t have a library card sign up online or in-person at the library to get access to the entire Library Catalogue including the eLibrary through the BorrowBox app for ebooks and audiobooks all for free.

To inspire children and their families, Derby Libraries have curated a brand-new collection of specially selected books all about dinosaurs catering for early readers up to 11-year-olds. See their top ten dinosaur books on the Derby Libraries website or visit your local library to browse the collection on display.

Councillor Matthew Eyre, Cabinet Member for Community, Development, Place and Tourism said:

The Big Family Read is a great opportunity for families to come together to read and learn about something new. The dinosaur theme offers a breadth of fascinating facts as well as fun fictional stories for kids and their families to explore.

Become the next Big Family Read competition winner, have your work published on the Derby Libraries and BorrowBox websites, and win some fantastic books. All children need to do to enter is create a book review, story, poem, or picture on the dinosaur theme. Entry forms will be available in all Derby Libraries and the competition will close on Sat 29 Apr at 1 pm.

In addition to the reading challenge and competition, Derby Libraries are hosting free events in partnership with The Lowe Ranger and Furthest from the Sea at Alvaston, Normanton, Mickleover and Riverside Libraries. Events are free, but booking is essential. Bookings can be made by calling the number of the library you would like to attend.

Big Family Read workshop with Furthest from the Sea

The Furthest from the Sea team will be the captains on a dinosaur-themed crafty adventure where children can create a review, story, poem, or picture. Plus, children will get the chance to enter their creations into the Big Family Read book competition.

Alvaston Library, Sat 4 Mar 11:45 am - 01332 647920

Mickleover Library, Sat 11 Mar 11 am - 01332 647884

Normanton Library, Sat 18 Mar 11 am - 01332 642640

Riverside Library, Sat 25 Mar 11 am - 01332 641702

Big Family Read dinosaur workshop with The Lowe Ranger

Children can experience a pre-historic party where they can dance, play games, listen to stories, and meet some real-life dinosaurs with The Lowe Ranger. Due to popular demand, all places are fully booked and any further enquires will be added to a waiting list.

Mickleover Library, Fri 24 Feb 2:30 pm - 01332 647884

Alvaston Library, Thu 23 Feb 10:30 am - 01332 647920

Normanton Library, Thu 23 Feb 2 pm - 01332 642640

Riverside Library, Fri 24 Feb 11 am - 01332 641702

Start your reading journey on Mon 20 Feb to Sat 1 Apr. For more information visit inderby.org.uk/libraries.