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

Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author, Stephen Kelman’s visits Middlesbrough Reading Campaign
Highly-acclaimed author Stephen Kelman visited a school and a prison in Middlesbrough to support the work of the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign.Stephen talked about his Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel, Pigeon English, to 230 Year 10 pupils at the Macmillan Academy in Middlesbrough on Thursday (12 November). The author talked about how the book was shaped by his own experience of growing up on a council estate in Luton and the issues facing young people today.
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Join Boro Book Club with Middlesbrough Reading Campaign
Boro’s players are inviting fans to join the Boro Book Club and celebrate the joy of reading to show support for the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign.The likes of George Friend, Adam Clayton and Adam Forshaw are championing the importance of reading and literacy skills for people of all ages.
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Middlesbrough’s landmarks celebrated through free walk and talk trail quiz activity sheet to support literacy
Families are being encouraged to visit Middlesbrough’s best known landmarks as part of a quiz which aims to improve children’s literacy. The Middlesbrough Reading Campaign has teamed up with the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) and Middlesbrough Libraries to launch a fun literacy activity for families called the Middlesbrough walk and talk trail quiz which celebrates the town’s rich heritage by quizzing families during a day out in the town.
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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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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

Hobby themed activitiesHobby themed activities
Words for Life's hobby 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.