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Bring a book and have family fun

Children and parents with a passion for reading can swap their favourite story book for one loved by another family as part of a London-wide book swap.

Now in its third year, the London Children’s Book Swap is taking place on Saturday 15 February and is designed to get families reading together and encourage children to try new books.

On the day, families can head down to the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow – a local gallery run by Waltham Forest Council – to drop off a book and pick up a new story they can enjoy together. Anyone wishing to try out a book can get cosy on the cushions and bean bags while the more adventurous can also have a go at the Gallery’s family trail.

“Reading is so important in a child’s learning,” said Cllr Ahsan Khan, cabinet member for health and wellbeing. “So it’s great if a child gets enjoyment from it by connecting with a really good story. The book swap – as well as helping families get together – means that those great stories are passed on and recycled so that more children benefit from them.”

The event is open 11am to 4pm and is free. Books for swapping should be aimed at 0 to 14 year olds.

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