Please note this competition has now closed, and the results will be announced soon...
9 September to 8 December 2013
What's it all about?
Research shows that teaching children a love of reading early on in their lives by using play-based approaches to reading can benefit their literacy development. We also know that tapping into children’s interests is a great way of engaging them in learning.
With this in mind, the National Literacy Trust have teamed up with CBeebies Magazine to launch the CBeebies Magazine Big Reading Adventure, a fun and play-based competition for children aged three to seven which features several of CBeebies’ most popular characters.
Through our partnership, Immediate Media, the magazine’s publisher, and the National Literacy Trust hope to provide teachers and early years professionals with an engaging platform to promote storytelling and literacy.
We are providing schools and early years settings with a suite of resources to enable them to deliver a reading-themed week centred around five of CBeebies’ most popular characters. Settings will be provided with a chart featuring these characters and every day they will meet a new CBeebies character, read a story about that character and then complete a related fun literacy activity. Every child who visits all five characters, reads all the stories and completes all the activities can be entered into a national prize draw.
The aim is to make the week-long reading challenge feel like a really exciting event, with lots of opportunities for reading and for children to engage with what they have read through a variety of activities.
On their Big Reading Adventure, children will visit the following CBeebies characters:
Tree Fu Tom
Children will visit Tom in the astounding, enchanted kingdom of Treetopolis,“where movement creates magic and the audience can be superheroes too”. Tom will need the children's help to do Big World Magic...
Next, they’ll join the Octonauts, a team of animated underwater heroes “who dive into action whenever there is trouble under the sea”. With them, children will explore incredible new underwater worlds and go on an exciting adventure to save the Snot Sea Cucumber...
Then on to the beautiful English countryside to meet Beatrix Potter’s timeless character Peter Rabbit and friends for some fun and mischief. Children will find out how Peter, Lily and Benjamin get some delicious strawberries from Mr McGregor.
Our young adventurers will then sail across the seas to join in the fun and games at the Swashbuckle pirate ship, being a brave pirate and perhaps finding some treasure in the process…
Sarah & Duck
Finally, the children will pop in to see best friends Sarah and Duck, for some imaginative adventures in the park, finding out how Duck and Sarah go about cheering up their friend Donkey!
Every school/setting that takes part in the CBeebies Magazine Big Reading Adventure will be able to access a whole host of resources to support them in running the competition.
Chart of “CBeebies Land”
Raise the profile of the competition in your school/setting with this chart of featured CBeebies characters, which can be displayed on the wall and used to engage children with the competition tasks. Download
Big Reading Adventure stories and activities
Share these stories with your children and then complete the related activities. You could project the stories on to your interactive whiteboard (if you have one), for lots of audience participation. Download
Download and print this achievement chart for every child taking part so that they can record the stories they have read and the activities they have completed. Includes stickers that can be cut out and glued onto the chart. Download
Recognise the achievement of children who complete their Big Reading Adventure by awarding them with this special CBeebies magazine certificate. Download
Keep older and high ability children engaged by having these additional activities up your sleeve. Download
Every child who visits all five characters, reads all the stories and completes all the activities is eligible to be entered into the national prize draw to win…
For the child:
- A year-long subscription to CBeebies magazine
- £50 worth of book vouchers
For their school/ library or early years setting:
- An afternoon of storytelling performances and workshops led by a professional storyteller, with a little help from a well-known CBeebies character…
10 runners up will receive a six month subscription to CBeebies magazine.
Any child aged between 3 and 7 who has completed their Big Reading Adventure is eligible to be entered into the prize draw. To submit their entries, simply complete and submit the entry form before 5pm on Sunday 1 December 2013.
Entries can be submitted in a number of ways:
Complete the online form, click submit and you’re all done! Enter now
Complete the downloadable form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Enter now
Complete the downloadable form and send to
CBeebies Magazine Big Reading Adventure
National Literacy Trust
68 South Lambeth Road
Complete the downloadable form and send to 020 7587 1411. Enter now
We request that all practitioners running this competition read the competition rules before they start this activity.
 Rose Review, 2006