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

Bedtime stories at anytime - Second installment of a Middlesbrough Mum's blog
I’m sure you can imagine that I was faced with hundreds of questions after James was born so early and so small. Hundreds of questions plus thousands of worries and nothing could prepare me for what to do as a mother for my baby.
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Pupils find inspiration for future careers through our Words for Work programme at Trinity Catholic College
Trinity Catholic College recently took part in the National Literacy Trust’s Words for Work programme which provides young people with the literacy skills they need to shape and achieve their career goals through the support of local volunteers working in business.
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Middlesbrough Hub Highly Commended in Third Sector Business Charity Awards
The National Literacy Trust Hub in Middlesbrough has been Highly Commended at the Third Sector’s Business Charity Awards for work with Middlesbrough Council’s Public Health department and Bliss, the charity for babies who are born prematurely or unwell.
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Volunteers needed to help Middlesbrough pupils achieve their aspirations
Volunteers are needed to share their insights and experiences of work with pupils who are deciding on their future careers. The National Literacy Trust Hub in Middlesbrough is encouraging local businesses to bring groups of employees into a secondary school to help young people prepare for the world of work.
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The Reverend Adam Gaunt
There’s nothing like curling up with a good novel - or in my case, plonking yourself on a balcony in your Boro shirt and reading!

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For parents

Technology and under 5sTechnology and under 5s
Tips for how to help your young children get the most out of technology. 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? Let us know and we will publish some of your thoughts.




Every Saturday 

Saturday Art Trolley

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Arts and crafts for children of all ages and their families.

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Every Friday 

Streetwise Opera weekly workshops 

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art 

Build confidence and self esteem through singing workshops.

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Monthly - next session 26 May

Lucky Dip Book Club

Middlesbrough Insitute of Modern Art.

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National Literacy Trust

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About the National Literacy Trust

Esmee Faribairn
Booker Prize Foundation


The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SCO42944.

Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.