Welcome to the campaign
Here you can discover what the campaign is about, keep in touch with the latest news and witness some of the exciting local partnerships and activities we’re developing. You can also read articles and tips on how to support your child’s literacy development. Find out more.

Latest news

Middlesbrough Reading Campaign celebrates Early Words Together with owl art, books and storytelling
Over a hundred Middlesbrough children and parents flocked to the centre of the town for a day of storytellers, art and music to celebrate the National Literacy Trust’s Early Words Together programme which works with families to support early home learning.
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The Middlesbrough Reading Campaign lands a parliament of paper owls on mima this Summer
To celebrate the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign’s Early Words Together programme which works with families to support early home learning, a hundred paper owls will be landing on mima’s front entrance on Saturday 19 July for a mural inspired by Tim Hopgood’s award-winning early years book, ‘WOW! Said the owl.’
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Teesside Dads celebrate Father’s Day with reading 'selfies'
After Middlesbrough FC star and new Dad, George Friend called on Teesside Dads to send in ‘selfies’ of them reading to their kids, plenty of you got involved.
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George Friend calls on Teesside Dads to send in reading ‘selfies’ with their kids
The Middlesbrough Reading Campaign and media partner, the Middlesbrough Gazette have teamed up with award-winning Middlesbrough FC player, George Friend for Father’s Day to encourage Dads to read to their children.
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‘Reading is cool’ say more of Middlesbrough’s children and young people after Year 1 of the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign
Middlesbrough’s children and young people now enjoy reading and writing more and are big fans of adventure stories, say results from a survey published by the National Literacy Trust.
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Free books are a big hit at Grove Hill community event
Over 100 Middlesbrough residents of all ages flocked to Grove Hill’s fun-packed community event during the Easter holidays on 7 April where visitors were eager to get their hands on free books donated by the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign.
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Kids transform classrooms into reading havens at Abingdon Primary School
Children at Abingdon Primary School gave their classrooms a temporary makeover this week to create exciting reading environments through the National Literacy Trust’s Young Readers Programme which helps children develop a love of reading.
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Middlesbrough Reading Campaign celebrates International Women’s Day with Steph McGovern
The Middlesbrough Reading Campaign supported International Women’s Day on Saturday 8 March at a special day in Middlesbrough Town Hall which had Steph McGovern as a guest speaker.
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Middlesbrough to begin second chapter of reading campaign
After a fantastic year of the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign in 2013 which brought parents, children, teenagers and young people together to explore the joy of reading, the National Literacy Trust are excited to be launching its second phase this year.
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The Duchess of Cornwall meets Roary the Lion in Middlesbrough
The Duchess of Cornwall came face to face with Middlesbrough football club’s mascot Roary the Lion at a celebration of the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign in May 2013, led by the National Literacy Trust.
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Middlesbrough Reading Campaign meets Mr Bloom and Rastamouse!
We had a great time at the CBeebies road show in Stewart Park last weekend and were thrilled to meet so many families and tell them more about the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign.
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Campaign off to a flying start!
Middlesbrough's families flocked down to Morrisons' car park on Tuesday 29 January to join the National Literacy Trust and local supporters for the official launch of the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign. There were free children's books, drawing competitions and families met Boro striker Lukas Jutkiewicz and Roary the lion.
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Mark Robinson at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art talks about his love of words and the art of reading.
“A love of reading, of books, of the ideas they can generate, has been my main driver. I picture the words rubbing together in your head, throwing off sparks that flare and sometimes catch fire”
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For parents

Books about TownBooks about Town
Books about Town is in London this summer. Discover 50 unique bench sculptures shaped as open books plus huge book giveaway! Find out more.

Getting boys to writeGetting boys to write
Author Simon Mayo supports our campaign for parents, with tips to encourage boys to enjoy writing. Find out more.
Family mealtime chatFamily mealtime chat
Natalie Cassidy supports our drive to get families talking at mealtimes. Find out more.
Helping your child with reading
Did you know that as a parent you can make all the difference to your child’s communication skills? By spending time with your children, speaking and reading with them you can really help them develop key literacy skills. To find out more, click here.
Join the libraryJoin the library together
Did you know that there are 11 libraries in Middlesbrough? It’s free to join and every child can get their own library card. You can borrow up to 10 books and story tapes as well as hiring up to 6 media items such as DVDs, PlayStation2 and 3 games, X-Box 360 games, Nintendo Wii and DS games. You can also use the internet. Find your nearest library here.

Over to you

What do you think about the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign? Are you coming to our launch event and has the campaign affected anyone you know? Let us know what you think and we will publish some of your thoughts.




20th | Live on the Big Screen - The Royal Opera: La Bohème

Centre Square, 7.30pm. Free 


23rd | The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 

Stewart Park, middlesbroughtheatres.co.uk

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