How to take part
Everyone can take part, whether you are young or old, sighted or visually impaired. You can join as an individual, a family, a class at school, a book group or a team at work.
Choose your reading challenge
You can choose your own challenge, or use one of our suggestions. Blind or partially sighted people don’t need to read braille to take part, you can use our Touch to See books audio and tactile images instead, or listen to audio books. Here are a few ideas;
- Reading for 24 hours (not all in one go though!)
- Children could read one picture book each day or each week in December.
- Adults could read one book a week up until Christmas.
- If you don’t normally read your challenge could be just to read one book by Christmas, or if you are an avid reader you could read all books by your chosen author.
There are no rules as to which type of books you read as long as you will enjoy reading them!
Use our simple pledge form to let us know what challenge you have taken on, we’ll display pledges on our website with your permission.
Choose your books
If you are one of our library members you can choose and order your Touch to See books online.
Ask people to sponsor you
We ask that sighted participants pledge to ask for sponsorship. Our library members should not feel obliged to seek sponsorship, as we don’t want anyone to miss out on taking part. However if you are able to ask friends, family, colleagues or your school to sponsor you, it will mean we can bring Christmas to life for more blind children this year and every year.
We will provide sponsorship forms for offline giving, and posters if you are raising money at school. You can raise money online with Just Giving on the Big Christmas Read Campaign page. Just ask if you need any help getting set up.
You can start your challenge any time during December and keep going until January the 15th. During the challenge we’d love to hear how you are getting on and for you to share this with others to help raise funds and awareness of our work. We can also send you resources to help you keep track of your progress.