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 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 National Literacy Trust Hub in Middlesbrough receives 300 extra copies of Boots Opticians’ clever eye check storybook
Boots Opticians is giving an extra 300 copies of its fun eye check storybook Zookeeper Zoe to Middlesbrough’s primary schools to support the work of the National Literacy Trust Hub in Middlesbrough. The innovative book, developed in partnership with the National Literacy Trust includes four basic “by stealth” sight checks built into the story and is designed to remind parents that all children should have a regular eye health check.
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Mum talks about her experience of reading to her newborn in hospital
A mum from Middlesbrough has written a blog about reading to her baby at James Cook University Hospital who was born early at just 28 weeks. Read the first installment:
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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 Modertn Art

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

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National Literacy Trust

National Literacy Trust © 2015
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.