Readers and Writers Festival 2019 – events for young readers 

4 May 2019

Written by: Lambeth Libraries

Arts, culture and events - Children and young people

Books, poems and theatre – it’s all part of the Lambeth Libraries Readers and Writers festival for schools and young individuals in May and June. There’s also a summer holidays library books reading challenge starting when summer term ends.


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Readers and Writers Festival 2019 – events for young readers 

Word from the Cabinet

“Since the first Readers and Writers festival 15 years ago it has become a regular highlight and goes from strength to strength. … Come and join us and express yourself! You’ll be amazed at the fun you can have in your local library.” – Cllr Sonia Winifred, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture:

Front left: coloured drawing of hedgehog. Frame of coloured autumn leaves round circle with book title 'hedgehogs don't live in the city'

Sequel to ‘parrots don’t live in the city’

Wildlife in the City Storytime & Craft

Join Herne Hill author, Lucy Reynolds & illustrator Jenna Herman, for Hedgehogs Don’t Live in the City! (sequel to Parrots Don’t Live in the City!)  Make your own prickly creations and learn how you can help hedgehogs. For ages 3 to 8.Tuesday 28 May, 2.30pm Brixton Library

Meet award winning YA author Alex Wheatle

New from the Guardian Children’s Book Award winner, Home Girl is the story of Naomi, a teenage girl growing up fast in the care system – A wholly modern story of the consequences when children are treated like pawns on a family chessboard. School Bookings only Thursday 13 June, 10.30am West Norwood Library. email the library to book.

Elmer Day

Side view of Elmer the elephant made of multi-coloured squares

Elmer the Elephant

Saturday 25 May All Lambeth Libraries. Come and celebrate 30 years of Elmer. See your local library for details.


In the week beginning 3 June, Lambeth libraries will celebrate Pyjamarama in association with Bookstart. Bring under-5s to join storytimes and get your free book – Car, Car, Truck, Jeep by Katrina Charman and Nick Sharratt.

Empathy Day

Book Collections, activities and storytelling for children in all Lambeth Libraries. Schools, book a visit! Thursday 11 June

Summer Reading Challenge

illustrated green planet and blue rocket - space chase - 2019 summer hoildays library books reading challenge 2019

Space Chase – the summer holidays library book reading challenge 2019

50 years after the moon landing, Space Chase will take young readers on an adventure with The Rockets family. Children sign up to read at least six library books over the school holidays and collect special rewards, use the Summer Reading Challenge website to keep track of what they’ve read, write book reviews, enter competitions, chat to other readers and more. For children aged 4 to 12. From Saturday 13 July throughout the summer. Contact your local library for information.

For more information

  • The festival also includes exhibitions open every day, events in Lambeth Libraries for adult readers, and events to celebrate Windrush Day and the generation who came to London with it.
  •  Contact your local library for a programme or download one, check the Council’s events calendar for daily listings or email  Follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter