BIG Summer Read 2022/23

BIG Summer Read 2022/23

Join! Borrow! Read! Win!

The #BigSummerRead starts Thursday 1 December 2022 and registration is now open! To get started, download the Beanstack app or visit plv.beanstack.org



  • What is the Big Summer Read?

    The BIG Summer Read (BSR) is a Victorian statewide summer reading campaign for children and young people. It is a collaborative Public Libraries Victoria initiative, developed to raise awareness and ensure ALL Victorian children have access to the resources they need to maintain literacy skills over the summer school holidays. Kids are encouraged to keep reading over the summer holidays with an incentivised program that uses Beanstack, a mobile app that rewards them for reading. When reading milestones are reached, kids earn ‘badges’ for their Beanstack profile and increase their chances of winning a prize.

  • Who is it open to?

    The BIG Summer Read is open to anyone ages 0-18.

    It aims to encourage children to read for pleasure and addresses the issue of the ‘summer slide’. This refers to the loss of literacy experienced over the long summer break if children are not exposed to books or reading. 

  • When does it start?

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

  • How to play -

    Account Registration – 

    To participate in the challenge, users are required to register for an account through the Beanstack site. You can register as an individual or as a family. Children under the age of 13 will need their parent’s permission in order to register with Beanstack.  Parents can use the Family Account feature to track all of their children’s reading from a single login.

    Registration Badge – 

    Once the account is set up, participants will be prompted to join the BIG Summer Read challenge. Joining the challenge will unlock the registration badge.

    Logging Badges – 

    In order to complete the challenge, participants need to log 10 books. This can be done any time during the challenge until it closes on 31 January. 

    Activity Badges – 

    Participants may also choose to collect activity badges. While we encourage them to do this, they are not a requirement for completion – just a lot of fun! 




  • What is Beanstack?

    Beanstack is an application that incentivises reading and allows users to keep track of how many books/audiobooks have been read. A mobile app (also known as Beanstack Tracker) makes this easy with features including a barcode scanner and reading timer. Children must be over the age of 13 to register for an individual account. Parents can register their children and manage participating family members within their account

    Download (App Store) 
    Download (Google Play) 

  • Are there prizes?


    Statewide prize – 

    Three winners will be drawn randomly from those participants who completed the challenge on Beanstack.  

    0-8 years: $250 Readings gift voucher 

     9-12 years: $250 Readings gift voucher  

    13-18 years: $500 Readings gift voucher 

     Winners and their nominated Library Service will be notified via email. Terms and Conditions can be found at plv.org.au/bsr 

    Local Prizes and Incentives – 

    We’ll announce the details soon. Stay tuned! 


  • Do I have to use Beanstack?

    A paper tracker can be collected from your local library branch or downloaded here to print at home. 

    Please note that only participants registered through Beanstack will be eligible for the statewide prize draw. All entries will be eligible for the local prize draw. 

  • Terms and Conditions

    Participants 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 specified library branch. Prizes will not be awarded to anyone who does not meet the eligibility criteria.


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