Introducing... The Book Activist: supporting and inspiring children to read

We love books and reading at Discover and Be, and love choosing a great book to read in our sessions each week. Now we're delighted to be working with The Book Activist, a new service aiming to inspire, inform and engage children to encourage their development as independent and confident readers, who love reading for pleasure. 

The Book Activist was founded by Victoria Dilly, who above all, wants to share her passion for reading.  Victoria has been a school librarian for nearly ten years and has always been an avid reader.  This new venture is aimed at supporting children and young people’s reading through the school community and at home.  

Victoria Dilly, founder of The Book Activist

Victoria Dilly,
founder of The Book Activist

“I wanted to do something to effect change and encourage a love of reading.  There are so many fantastic books written for children and young people it is essential to give them the knowledge to discover these themselves, helping them become independent readers.  Many young readers, and indeed, teachers and parents, are not aware of all the amazing resources out there that can support them on their reading journey. Through one to one support, working in schools and the community, I will be raising awareness so that children and young people can discover a love for reading that will last a lifetime.” 

We'll be welcoming Victoria to our Discover and Be session in Scaynes Hill on Monday 9th May, so do come along to meet her, and take the chance to ask her any questions you may have about encourage your children to read and love books.

To find out more about The Book Activist, visit the website at, follow Victoria on Twitter: or check out their Facebook page:

We've also got an exciting competition coming up with a fab prize courtesy of The Book Activist, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for that!

Reading is everything....
Reading is escape...
it’s a way of making contact with
someone else’s imagination...
Reading is bliss.
— Nora Ephron, novelist and film-maker