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The search for Swindon’s favourite children’s books is on

01 Mar 2018

Swindon with books

To celebrate World Book Day, children and families across Swindon are invited to nominate their favourite children’s books to be published in a list of Swindon’s top 100 reads.

The initiative is part of the Swindon Stories campaign, which we launched with Swindon Borough Council earlier this month and is supported by WHSmith. Swindon Stories encourages the whole town to make reading, writing and talking a priority, with a range of projects and initiatives to give young people the literacy skills they need to succeed in life.

Children’s books for all ages will be considered and can be nominated in the following ways:

  • By visiting and completing the short nomination form on the page
  • By sharing a suggestion on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #SwindonStories. Families are encouraged to get creative and could share an image of their favourite children’s book.

100 popular books suggested by children and families across the town will be included on the final list. It will be printed and distributed through partners across Swindon to encourage children to read more widely and enjoy reading.

Anish Harrison, Manager of the National Literacy Trust Hub in Swindon said:

“From picture books and fairy tales to and fantasy and non-fiction, we can’t wait to find out which books children and young people across Swindon enjoy reading the most!

“Reading for just 10 minutes a day is enough to make a difference to how well a child does at school. We hope the final list of 100 books will help hundreds of families to discover new books, which will inspire them to make reading a part of their daily routine.”

Cabinet Member for Communities and Place, Councillor Mary Martin said:

“The Swindon 100 Reads initiative is a fantastic way to mark World Book Day. Encouraging creativity and literacy in childhood is of tantamount importance and I am of course, also very excited to find out what Swindon’s favourite children’s books are!”

The deadline for submitting a suggested book is Monday 30 April 2018. To find out more, visit

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