SOUTHWARK CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF ROALD DAHL
This year Southwark is celebrating 100 years of Roald Dahl through its annual Summer Reading Challenge.
Born in 1916, Roald Dahl became one if the most famous children’s authors of the last century. Some of Dahl’s most famous works include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and Fantastic Mr Fox.
‘The Big Friendly Read’ launched on Saturday 16 July at an event at Peckham Library. It gave local children the chance to take part in an extra special Roald Dahl storytelling session to launch this year’s summer challenge.
Cllr Johnson Situ, cabinet member for Business, Employment and Culture, attended Saturday’s launch. He said, “It was fantastic to see how Roald Dahl’s stories continue to inspire the next generation. Reading is such an important part of development and they are the books many of us grew up with. I hope that children and their parents who’ve not yet discovered them, will make the most of our libraries this summer holiday and get reading.”
The Summer Reading Challenge, which runs until 11 September in all Southwark libraries, focuses on Dahl’s timeless themes of invention, mischief and friendship.
Aimed at children between four and twelve years old, children are challenged to read six books of their choice during the school holidays. Each completed book will be rewarded with a limited edition Quentin Blake collector card, and participants who complete the challenge will get a medal. It’s completely free and parents just have to register their child as a participant at their local library.
Young people between 12 and 17 years old can also sign up for the Teen Read Challenge, where they will be entered into a prize draw to win a mini tablet device if they read four books by 11 September.
For more information visit www.southwark.gov.uk/libraries