Come join the Big Friendly Read this summer

It will feature some of Roald Dahl’s best loved characters and the artwork of his principal illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake. The Big Friendly Read will highlight themes such as invention, mischief and friendship, which are explored in Roald Dahl’s most famous books. 

To participate in the Summer Reading Challenge children aged 4-11 years are encouraged to read six books of their choice between Saturday, 16 July and Saturday, 10 September.  Participants will collect prizes along the way with a medal and certificate at the end. 

In addition to the Summer Reading Challenge, Ealing libraries will have a variety of Roald Dahl themed activities for kids to get involved in, including a retelling of the ‘the Twits’ with storyteller John Kirk and a series of fun and interactive sessions run by Explore Learning.  

To help support the challenge, Ealing libraries are looking for volunteers aged 13 years and upwards to work with library staff; help children discuss their books and lend a hand with craft sessions.

Councillor Ranjit Dheer, cabinet member for community services and safety, said: “The challenge is a fantastic way to encourage children to keep reading over the summer holidays, helping children improve their reading skills and develop a passion for books. We think that offering youngsters the chance to get involved in volunteering at their local library will spark even more interest in reading and the opportunity to learn more about books.  

“I encourage anyone looking for ways to keep children busy during the summer holidays to visit their local library, sign-up to the challenge, and enjoy what their library has to offer."

If you would like to volunteer some of your time during the summer, please ask at your local library or email Martha Lambert at

Pick up an information leaflet about the Big Friendly Read  from any Ealing library to find out more about the events taking place over the holidays.