Click BookSlam on the right to see this year's reading list and the button on the right to see the results.

IMPORTANT UPDATE – 18 March 2020
In the light of the latest COVID-19 guidance, we are cancelling the physical 'BookSlam' and 'Darllen Dros Gymru' events both due to be held in Aberystwyth in June 2020. This is in order to give clarity to organisers and schools, as the timescale is no longer sufficient to hold regional or county based competitions.

We appreciate that schools have worked hard on their performances, and therefore we are keen to to continue to support schools and pupils who have registered for the competition.

We would be open to discussing with schools alternative ways of showcasing their performance – for example, filming performances in individual schools on an iPad or iPhone and sharing on social media. The performances can then be judged and winners awarded prizes in the same way as the public events – but carried out online rather than a physical performance in Aberystwyth.

Much will depend, of course, on whether schools are still open between now and the end of the summer term. If they are open, we would want to work closely with organisers and teachers to ensure children don’t miss out on the opportunity to take part in this annual celebration of reading, but taking into careful consideration the latest coronavirus guidance. We will discuss a revised timetable with you, giving adequate time for schools to prepare.

Please share any thoughts you may have at this time via e-mail: and keep in touch as developments unfold.



Introducing BookSlam

What better way to inspire a budding scientist, author, politician or teacher than introducing them to the wonderful world of words, books and reading?

And we’re not the only ones to think so:

"The more you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go." Dr Seuss.

If only there was a reading competition in Wales which allowed pupils to read an array of books published in their own country, discuss them and present them in their own unique voices.

Well, guess what? There is, and it’s called BookSlam.

BookSlam is the revamped reading competition from the Welsh Book Council for primary schools across Wales. Together with its Welsh-language counterpart (Darllen Dros Gymru) BookSlam is Wales’ biggest reading competition.

Our aim is to go bigger and better by encouraging more schools throughout Wales to participate.

We believe that BookSlam promises to:

  • encourage children’s interest in the wonderful world of books
  • strengthen literacy skills – an essential element in every child’s personal growth
  • develop interpretation, discussion and presentation skills
  • fit in with the National Literacy Framework
  • foster long-term positive attitudes towards reading which will last a lifetime

Feedback received from past participants clearly shows that the children love to take part in the competition which strengthens their reading and interpretation skills as well as introducing them to the thrill of reading a good book.

Best of all, BookSlam:

  • is free to schools – all we ask for is buckets of enthusiasm
  • is open to Years 3–6
  • offers a wide selection of books on the reading list to engage a cross-section of pupils
  • gives a free book to every child who reaches the final rounds – who doesn’t love a freebie?
  • offers cash prizes to the winning schools – now there’s an incentive!

Darllen Dros Gymru, our welsh competition for all primary schools in Wales, is available on our Welsh side of the website.