Join our Summer Reading Challenge


Ref: PR 8283

Children in the Wakefield district are being encouraged to join the Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge.

They can borrow six books from Wakefield Council's libraries to read during the school holidays and if they complete the challenge they will receive a medal and certificate.

The annual event is for children over the age of four and they can borrow any type of book such as novels, factual books, joke books, picture books or audio books.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Wakefield Council, said: "Children love a challenge and we want reading to become a life-long habit. It also helps to increase children's reading confidence as well as being fun."

Libraries across the country will be celebrating the work of Roald Dahl, who was born 100 years ago. The theme for this year is the Big Friendly Read, which will feature some of Roald Dahl's best-loved characters and the artwork of his principal illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake.

There will be lots of activities taking place in libraries too and for details see

This year Wakefield Museum is joining in with the theme with a special display inspired by Roald Dahl and there will be lots of activities taking place in the library and museum.

Activities place in the Wakefield Museum include:

Wednesday 20 July, 10am - 2pm, Make a fun Roald Dahl Muggle-Wump Mobile! Free, no need to book.

Tuesday 26 July, 10.30 – 11.30am, Foul Food. Create foul food poems and invent brand new foul fruit with Conrad Burdekin, local poet, author and storyteller. Free, book at

Wednesday 3 August, 12 noon - 4pm, Wonderful World of Roald Dahl. Meet Willy Wonka  in this fabulous day of family fun! Free, no need to book.

Wednesday 10 August, 10.30 – 11.30 or 2 – 3pm, Telling Tales. Actor and storyteller Robin Simpson leads a Dahlicious hour of stories, poetry and crafts. Free, please book at

Tuesday 16 August, 10am - 2pm, Papier Mache Peaches! Make your own giant papier mache peach. Free, no need to book.

Friday 26 August, 10am - 2pm, Giant Ears and Monkey Masks. Transform into a Roald Dahl character with fun paper masks and headbands! Free, no need to book.

Wednesday 31 August, 10am - 11.30pm or 1.30pm - 3pm, All 'Roald' into one! Why not come and join us in the Learning Zone to recreate some of his stories with a museum twist. Free, book via