Welcome to Read DL

Read DL is a county-wide reading movement, designed to bring the people of Donegal together by collectively reading the same book.

The aims of the Read DL project are to:

  • Improve literacy skills and foster a love of reading;
  • Entice people, young and old, to read more and;
  • Encourage the entire community to read the same book, share ideas and to broaden and expand their viewpoints.

For our 2017 project, we had fifty schools take part, with a massive 1,700 books distributed across the county. 

Click here to find out more.

Please explore our website to find out how to get involved!

This Year’s Book

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Based on an original concept by author Siobhan Dowd, the story is about a boy who is struggling to come to terms with his mother’s terminal illness. Unexpectedly,  he is visited one night by a monster, asking if he can tell him three stories. In return, he wants the most dangerous thing of all from Connor: the truth.

Patrick Ness and the book’s illustrator Jim Kay won the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals for writing and illustration, making history with this unprecedented win.

A Monster Calls also won the British Children’s Book of the Year, the Red House Children’s Book Award, a national award voted by British children; and the Kitschies Red Tentacle award. In the U.S., the American Library Association magazine Booklist named it the “Top of the List” for 2011 youth fiction.

Advice and Support: A Monster Calls tells the story of  a young boy coming to terms with his mother’s terminal illness. Click on the link above for resources, advice and support for anyone who may have been affected by the themes presented in this book. 

Read DL 2018 

This year’s book, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, was introduced at the launch of Read DL 2018 with special guest, soccer hero and Donegal person of the year, Shay Given.  Click here to find out more!

Missed registration for 2018? Don’t worry, there are lots of other ways to get involved!

Kindle Unlimited: If you are still eager to get your hands on a copy of the book (and you don’t want to wait!), Kindle Unlimited are offering A Monster Calls free of charge. This service requires a monthly payment of £7.99 per month, however Amazon are currently offering to provide this service for free for the first 30 days. 

Audio Book: Perhaps your class or community group might like to listen to the book being read aloud? If so, click here for more information. 

Borrow: There are lots of schools and community groups participating in Read DL this year, so why not consider borrowing from those who may be close by? Click here for a list off participating schools for 2018.

Join our Book Club! 

Donegal Library’s book club is talking about Read DL and A Monster Calls. Click here to join the discussion.

Take part in our Writing Competition!

If you are a budding writer and want to get involved, click here for more details!

Go see the Film!

As part of Read DL 2018, our friends at Century Cinemas Letterkenny have arranged a family screening A Monster Calls, on Saturday 3 March at 12 noon. The screenplay is also written by the book’s author, Patrick Ness. This is a one-off to celebrate our project this year, so make sure to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. 📽️


(Please note: the film is rated 12A due to its emotional content, so please be aware of this on the day!)

Get Involved

Getting involved is simple. All you have to do is click on the contact us page to find out more  and to see how your school can get copies of the book.

Participating groups and schools are encouraged to take part in their own activities; the more creative you are, the better! In the past, schools and community groups have organised lots of events. Some examples include reading the book in school and at home, having mystery guest readers in school classes, participating in writing competitions based on the book, and finally, taking part in art and other creative projects inspired by the story.

If you are taking part in a project based on the book, please let us know! We would love to post up any photos or stories you have on our website and social media pages.

Contact Us

No owl post needed; if your school is interested in getting involved in READ DL 2018, then all you have to do is contact us by using the form below. It’s as easy as that!

When requesting books, please remember to tell us how many you would like. We aim to provide as many books as requested, but at times of high demand we can only provide as many as we have available. We want to make sure we have lots of happy readers!

Alternatively, if you are a participating school or community group and want to let us know what you’re getting up to (and perhaps want send us lots of amazing videos or photos!), then you can contact our social media team at readdlsocial@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you!