Roald Dahl inspiring children to read and have fun this summer

This year’s theme is The Big Friendly Read, delivered in collaboration with The Roald Dahl Literary Estate, to celebrate 100 years of the world’s favourite storyteller.

The Big Friendly Read will feature some of Roald Dahl’s best loved characters and the amazing artwork of his principal illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake.

To take part in the challenge, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library. Once they have borrowed and read their books, they will receive a special collector’s folder.

As they continue to borrow and read at least six library books over the summer, they can collect six special cards to complete their folder.

The cards all feature original Quentin Blake illustrations and explore some of most popular themes in Roald Dahl’s books such as invention, mischief and friendship.

The challenge launches in libraries across the Wokingham Borough on Saturday 16 July and runs until Sunday 11 September. Anyone not already a library member can join for free at their nearest library.

It is aimed at children aged four to eleven-year-olds, with a Little Explorers Challenge available for children aged four and under. Adults and teens can join in the fun again with the Adult and Teen Read Challenge.

Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for resident services, said: “Many of our most dedicated and active library members in the borough are children and we are encouraging all of them to take part in this year’s challenge.

“Wokingham Borough’s libraries are full of wonderful children’s books. We have some fantastic events to complement the Roald Dahl theme with writing workshops, author visits, circus skills and crafty activity sessions, plus lots more. I would encourage parents to get their children involved in this really worthwhile challenge that helps to nurture our children’s love of reading.”

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