Darllen Dros Gymru

A group of school children arrive at Aberystwyth Arts Centre for the Books Council's Darllen Dros Gymru challenge

Darllen Dros Gymru (Reading for Wales) is our annual Welsh-language competition for primary school pupils. Through these fun-filled competitions, we encourage children to take an interest in the world of books and strengthen their literacy, interpretation, debating and presenting skills.

The competition creates a buzz around books and by taking part pupils develop long term and positive attitudes towards reading. Reading for pleasure can support the development of empathy and contribute to health and wellbeing development.

Details about the Cystadlaethau Darllen (Reading for Wales) 2021/22 can be seen here.


The competition is…

  • open to pupils in years 3&4 and 5&6
  • offers a wide selection of books on its reading list in order to engage a cross-section of pupils
  • provides flexibility for teachers to operate on a whole class level or in MAT groups
  • contributes to the requirements of the Language Charter
  • fits in with the requirements of the Curriculum for Wales
  • offers valuable experiences outside school

As well as being fun, the competitive element of the programme…

  • motivates children of all abilities to read and discuss books
  • gives the children and their schools a chance to win generous prizes.

Competition Details

  • The competition starts at county level
  • Every county in Wales selects one school to represent the county in the National Round
  • Every team chooses ONE book from the list of titles to discuss and ONE different book to present in the form of a promotional advert.
  • Contact your county organiser or cllc.plant@llyfrau.cymru for information on regional arrangements.

The Discussion Round:

  • Booktalk is the main aim of this part of the challenge. That is, discussing the book, its characters and events, as well as the overall reading experience.
  • The pupils are not expected to have prepared or memorised a specific discussion.
  • Each member of the group is expected to contribute, to respond to open questions and comments from the adjudicator as well as each other’s comments.
  • A maximum of 4 pupils are allowed per discussion group.
  • The discussion will last approximately 8 minutes.

The Promotional Video advert Round:

The main aim of the promotional advert is to promote the book in a way that will appeal to children of the same age, encouraging them to read it too.  Your video could be a filmed stage performance, or you could film your advert in different locations. Be as creative as you wish!

  • Each team must choose one book to promote, which should a different book to the one used in the discussion.
  • A maximum of 8 pupils in each group.
  • The pupils who take part in the discussion do not have to take part in the promotional advert, therefore up to 12 pupils can take part in the competition.
  • A maximum of 6 minutes is allowed for the video.
  • One mark will be deducted for every 30 seconds over the 6 minutes time allowance.
  • 50% of the marks are given for the debating round and 50% for the performance.

Discussion Guidelines

What will the judges be looking for?


  • Evidence that the pupils have a good knowledge of the book, the story and the characters.
  • A clear understanding of the themes and message of the book.
  • References to wider reading beyond the chosen books, where appropriate.


Expressing opinions

  • Expressing opinions clearly and giving fair and honest reasons.
  • The ability to ask each other questions, answer, agree, disagree and challenge where appropriate.
  • Listen to each other and build on each other’s comments.
  • Offer relevant comments in response to others.


Working and discussing as a group

    • The ability to discuss independently as a group.
    • Equal or balanced contribution from each member of the group.
    • Lively, natural conversation.
    • The ability to respond to questions that arise from the discussion.

Guidelines on the Promotional Performance

What will the judges be looking for? 

  • An advert that conveys the tone and the themes of the book, and which encourages young readers to choose to read it.
  • A lively performance with a variety of dramatic effects.
  • Movement and effective use of the space selected.
  • Clear and audible presentations.
  • Teamwork and meaningful contributions from every member of the group.
  • Effective use of costumes and props.
  • Basic editing software can be used by the pupils. The content of the advert will be judged, not the quality of the editing.

Further information

To find out more about how you can be part of this annual competition, please contact wbc.children@books.wales | 01970 624151.