POORLY children at Ealing Hospital had something to smile about when they read through their favourite books, donated by a retailer.
WHSmith chose Ealing Hospital as one of 10 across the UK to donate 300 books, helping to create a new children's library.
As part of the Books for Hospitals initiative to promote literacy and support communities, 3,000 books will be given away during the summer.
Cathy Garlick, assistant director of operations, women and children's directorate at the hospital trust, said: "We are delighted that WHSmith has chosen Ealing Hospital to make this donation.
"It is a fantastic initiative and one which will be used and enjoyed by children and families."
Srivatsava Kondapally, manager of the WHSmith shop in Ealing Hospital, said: "We're really excited to have the opportunity to support our local hospital and help to create library facilities for patients and staff.
"It's a great way for the staff at WHSmith to get involved with their local communities and help promote literacy."