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Children’s Book Swap comes to the William Morris Gallery

Walthamstow’s William Morris Gallery is preparing to take part in the fourth annual London Children’s Book Swap along with more than 20 different family friendly arts and cultural venues across the capital.

The event enables children and families from Waltham Forest to bring their old books to the Gallery, which is owned and run by the Council, and swap them for a different read to add to their home library.

Taking place on 14 February from 11am to 4pm, the initiative celebrates reading and encourages children to discover new stories while recommending their own favourite authors and illustrators. In previous years, more than 2,000 children’s books have been swapped as part of the event, which is organised by Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford.

Leader of the Council, Chris Robbins, said: “This is a wonderful event which captures children’s imaginations and crucially, encourages them to get reading.

“We hope to see as many local families as possible taking the opportunity to discover new books without having to pay a penny.”

Sally Goldsworthy, Discover’s London Children’s Book Swap creator and Joint Chief Executive of Discover Children’s Story Centre, said: “The London Children’s Book Swap has gone from strength to strength with more top cultural venues joining us each year in a collaborative commitment to literacy and inspiring a love of reading and stories among children.”

For more information about the London Children’s Book Swap visit

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William Morris Gallery

Forest Road, London E17 4PP

Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm; admission free

For further information please contact Ian Mason at or on 020 8496 4726.

About the William Morris Gallery

The William Morris Gallery is the only public Gallery devoted to William Morris: designer, craftsman and radical socialist. Housed in the grade II* listed building that was Morris's family home from 1848 to 1856, the Gallery reopened in August 2012 following a major redevelopment that attracted widespread public and press acclaim.

Since its relaunch the Gallery has developed an ambitious contemporary programme, hosting Morris-inspired exhibitions by artists including Grayson Perry and Jeremy Deller.

The Gallery, which is owned and run by Waltham Forest Council, is the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year 2013 and has been nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award 2014.

The Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm; admission is free. For more information visit

London Children’s Book Swap

Other organisations and venues participating in the London Children’s Book Swap include the Discover Children’s Story Centre, in Stratford, artsdepot, in North Finchley, ArtHouse Crouch End, Barbican Children’s Library, Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, in Southwark, Chisenhale Art Place, near Victoria Park, Jacksons Lane, in Highgate, Polka Theatre, in Wimbledon, Rich Mix, in Bethnal Green, Shoreditch Trust, Southbank Centre, Unicorn Theatre, in London Bridge and the V&A Museum of Childhood, in Bethnal Green.

If you would like more information about any of these press releases or have a different media enquiry please contact us at or on 020 8496 4521 / 4802.

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