The Big Family Read 2020

Big Family Read - Let Sleeping Dragons Lie by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

Wed 23 Sep 2020

Join Derby Libraries on our Big Family Read and encourage your family to join in too. Rediscover the joy of reading, reading together and talking about what you have read!

One Book

The book we have chosen is Let Sleeping Dragons Lie by Garth Nix and Sean Williams.

A funny fantasy triumph!

Odo and Eleanor are now officially knights, helped (and sometimes hindered) by their magical but rather difficult to control magical swords. However, if they thought life as a knight was going to be easy, they are wrong! Before they know it they and their talking swords join a bold quest to rescue a monarch, vanquish deadly beasts, confound a prophecy, and (if they are lucky) avoid stepping on the tail. 

The Big Family Read is taking place from 1 Oct to 30 Nov. Throughout this time Derby Libraries will have multiple downloads of both the eBook and eAudiobook available online as well as paper copies at all libraries to borrow. Check our Library catalogue, visit your local library or download our BorrowBox App.


Please note: In order to comply with covid-19 requirement this is an online competition. Libraries cannot accept any hardcopy entries.

6 to 12 year-olds can enter our Big Family Read Online Short Story Competition.

We will be launching an online short story competition. The subject of the story (300-word limit) must focus on a Magic Sword.

Below are a few ideas to help you think about your story.

  • Where did your sword come from?
  • What would your super power be?
  • How would you use your magic sword as a positive force?
  • Did the super power make you happy?
  • Did the super power make you sad?

We encourage families to read the book together and actively support their child in writing their story. We are looking for creativity, imagination and originality.

The competition starts on Thursday 1 October 2020 and closes on Sunday 10 January 2021.

Entry forms and further details are below.

The winner will be notified at the latest by the end of January 2021. The prize will be a collection of family friendly books and audio books.

Competition entry


Parent / guardian, capable of giving permission on behalf of the child

There is one prize for the overall winner, which is a collection of family friendly books and audiobooks. There is no cash alternative

The winner be notified by email by the end of January 2021 and announced on our social media. Please note there may be a delay in sending / collecting the prize out to the winning entrant if Covid-19 measures are still in place. 

You can also enter by emailing with Big Family Read in the subject.

Children of Derby Libraries employees cannot enter. General competition terms and conditions

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