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

Reading levels hit nine year high as record numbers of children enjoy reading every day
A record number of children enjoy reading and there has been a dramatic increase in the number of children who read every day, according to new research by the charity behind the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign, the National Literacy Trust.
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Call for volunteers to help inspire students through the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign
Volunteers are needed to share the insights and experiences which have shaped their careers to help secondary school pupils to prepare for work.
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Middlesbrough Reading Campaign spreads the joy of reading with MFC Foundation this Christmas
The Middlesbrough Reading Campaign joined up with MFC Foundation to offer children free books and festive fun meeting top Middlesbrough FC football players yesterday.
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Middlesbrough Reading Campaign praised in national report on literacy levels in the UK
A new report revealing the literacy levels of parliamentary constituencies across the UK has concluded that ‘local action’ is key to tackling the UK’s literacy challenge, and features the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign as an example of good practice.
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The Reverend Adam Gaunt7th October 2014

I love reading – in fact I will read just about anything!

Reading is a real joy, but is also an essential part of my life and of my work. There is no mistaking the reality that, without the ability to read, I would not be able to do the work I do; I would not be able to live the life I now lead.
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For parents

Space themed activitiesSpace themed activities
Words for Life is taking you to explore different planets with a host of fun activities to capture your child’s imagination. Find out more.
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? 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.



25 April, 2nd May, 9th May

Mela Carnival Club | Middlesbrough Town Hall

Take part in Middlesbrough's community parade through creative workshops.

See here for more details.

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.