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

National Literacy Trust joins urgent mission to tackle Britain’s reading crisis among under-11s
The National Literacy Trust have announced that they are part of a new coalition of charities, teachers, parents and businesses who are launching a mission to tackle Britain’s reading crisis among under-11s.
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Middlesbrough children to take on the ‘Mythical Maze’ Summer Reading Challenge
All 11 Middlesbrough libraries are taking part in the ‘Mythical Maze’ Summer Reading Challenge this summer and have lots of exciting events planned throughout the holiday, culminating with awards ceremonies for all children who have completed the challenge in the Central Library.
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Middlesbrough Reading Campaign celebrates Early Words Together with owl art, books and storytelling
Over a hundred Middlesbrough children and parents flocked to the centre of the town for a day of storytellers, art and music to celebrate the National Literacy Trust’s Early Words Together programme which works with families to support early home learning.
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The Middlesbrough Reading Campaign lands a parliament of paper owls on mima this Summer
To celebrate the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign’s Early Words Together programme which works with families to support early home learning, a hundred paper owls will be landing on mima’s front entrance on Saturday 19 July for a mural inspired by Tim Hopgood’s award-winning early years book, ‘WOW! Said the owl.’
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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

Magazines themeMagazines theme
Reading magazines is a great way to get children to enjoy reading and to engage them with their favourite characters. 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.



Until 4 Dec 2014

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