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

Record numbers of children in Middlesbrough take on the Summer Reading Challenge
Record numbers of children in Middlesbrough completed the Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge by reading six books or more during the summer holidays. Middlesbrough Libraries and the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign worked with schools across the area to encourage children to take part.
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Letter writers are better writers
Our latest research, published today to coincide with the Royal Mail’s Letter Writing Week. It shows that almost twice as many children and young people who write letters at least once a month write above the level expected for their age compared with those who do not write letters (23.9% compared to 13.5%).
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Joanna Trollope supports the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign
Highly acclaimed author, Joanna Trollope visited Middlesbrough on 14 September to find out more about the work of the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign and talk about her writing at Middlesbrough Reference Library.
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Read On. get On. partners with Ladybird to get children ready to read
Start a story with a free family activity at your local library or children’s centre in Middlesbrough
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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

Summer themed activitiesSummer themed activities
Words for Life's summer-themed activities, tips and giveaways all help to boost literacy and are lots of fun for the whole family! 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? 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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Until 1 November 2015

Pacific Predators 

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Discover the wonders of the deep Pacific Ocean 

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Until 7 February 2016


The story of art in Middlesbrough from 1829 until now.

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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.