London Children’s Book Swap 2012

This Saturday (February 25th) marks the launch of the first London-wide Children’s Book Swap, with events taking place across the capital. The event is supported by the Greater London Authority and more than 15 organisations that work to improve literacy across London. The basic premise is that by visiting one of the organisations taking part in the book swap, children can pick up a book for free. They are also welcome to leave any of their books at the venue for another child to choose to take home.

The event is the brainchild of Sally Goldsworthy, Chief Executive of Discover Children’s Story Centre in East London. As she explains “At the start of an amazing year for London, the city’s most exciting arts organisations have come together to celebrate reading and ensure that the magic of books reach the hearts and minds of children throughout the capital.” 

It is hoped that the event will encourage children to share their favourite books and discover new authors and illustrators. The organisations taking part will also be organising activities throughout the day.  The organisations involved include the Discover Children’s Story Centre, GLA, Booktrust, Reading Agency, Free Word Centre, Macmillan Children’s Books, World Book Day, Arvon, Centre of Literacy Primary Education, Southbank Centre, Barbican Centre, Polka Theatre, Nosy Crow, Unicorn Theatre, Usborne Children’s Books, Walker Books, Shoreditch Trust, Marcus Garvey Library, Little Angel Theatre, Islington Libraries and Tea Dance for Little People.

For more information about the events taking place at each venue, please got to http://bookeventsforchildren.wordpress.com/london-childrens-book-swap-feb-25th-2012/  (listed under the header ‘Annual Book Events’.) Here, you’ll find links to the organisations involved too.

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