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Ideas for sharing Big Read books with friends, family and colleagues by Chris Meade, Director of Booktrust.

Other Ideas for sharing Big Read Books

If you like creative writing as well as creative reading, analyse a paragraph or two from one of your favourite novels and try writing in that style. How are the sentences constructed and what's the effect?

Lend or buy a friend three books you've picked from the top 100 - something short and accessible, a substantial book on a theme they'll care about and something powerful.

Put a favourite Big Read book in a plain brown wrapper and lend it to a friend who you think will enjoy it. Put in a letter explaining why you chose it for them. If they're read it before they can always read it again.


  If you want more ideas on running book groups and sharing your reading, go to
  If you're a teacher, go to The National Literacy Trust for a downloadable pack of development resources.

This summer we hope you'll be reading your way through the Big Read Top 100 to be announced this spring! Whoever you are, I hope the Big Read will lead you to plenty of creative reading.
- Chris Meade, Booktrust

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