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 is cool’ say more of Middlesbrough’s children and young people after Year 1 of the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign
Middlesbrough’s children and young people now enjoy reading and writing more and are big fans of adventure stories, say results from a survey published by the National Literacy Trust.
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Free books are a big hit at Grove Hill community event
Over 100 Middlesbrough residents of all ages flocked to Grove Hill’s fun-packed community event during the Easter holidays on 7 April where visitors were eager to get their hands on free books donated by the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign.
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Kids transform classrooms into reading havens at Abingdon Primary School
Children at Abingdon Primary School gave their classrooms a temporary makeover this week to create exciting reading environments through the National Literacy Trust’s Young Readers Programme which helps children develop a love of reading.
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Middlesbrough Reading Campaign celebrates International Women’s Day with Steph McGovern
The Middlesbrough Reading Campaign supported International Women’s Day on Saturday 8 March at a special day in Middlesbrough Town Hall which had Steph McGovern as a guest speaker.
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Middlesbrough to begin second chapter of reading campaign
After a fantastic year of the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign in 2013 which brought parents, children, teenagers and young people together to explore the joy of reading, the National Literacy Trust are excited to be launching its second phase this year.
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The Duchess of Cornwall meets Roary the Lion in Middlesbrough
The Duchess of Cornwall came face to face with Middlesbrough football club’s mascot Roary the Lion at a celebration of the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign in May 2013, led by the National Literacy Trust.
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Middlesbrough Reading Campaign meets Mr Bloom and Rastamouse!
We had a great time at the CBeebies road show in Stewart Park last weekend and were thrilled to meet so many families and tell them more about the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign.
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Campaign off to a flying start!
Middlesbrough's families flocked down to Morrisons' car park on Tuesday 29 January to join the National Literacy Trust and local supporters for the official launch of the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign. There were free children's books, drawing competitions and families met Boro striker Lukas Jutkiewicz and Roary the lion.
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Carol Walker, Headteacher of Sacred Hearts school, explains why she thinks the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign and the National Literacy Trust’s programmes are so important to her pupils.

It's hard to believe that by the age of 5, a child's future success may already be determined due to the exposure of, or lack of, reading at a young age so it is vital that we work together as a community to highlight literacy and the work of the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign.
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For parents

Jungle-themed activitiesJungle-themed activities
Ideas for creative things to do, fun activities that will boost your children’s literacy skills and books to win, all with a jungle theme. 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.


Monday 24 March There’s a Monster in my Piano

A delightful offbeat jazzy tale packed with puppets, clowning, animation and a very highly strung monster indeed.

For costs and times visit www.middlesbroughtheatre.co.uk

Monday 7 & Tuesday 8 April Dogs Don’t do Ballet

A show packed with beautiful puppets, well-loved ballet music and dazzling comedy.

For costs and times visit www.middlesbroughtheatre.co.uk


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