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

Enter The Poetry Prize 2015
A new competition that challenges people to create a poem about reading and books to inspire young children is being launched by the charity behind the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign.
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Chance to be a record breaker with this year’s Summer Reading Challenge
Middlesbrough Libraries are getting ready to encourage young readers to explore some of the astonishing real-life achievements and world records featured in the Guinness World Records books as part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2015 with a special launch event on Saturday 11 July at Middlesbrough Central Library from 11am-1pm.
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Middlesbrough’s budding young writers attend awards event thanks to Grand Central partnership
Five primary school children from Middlesbrough were shortlisted for the prestigious Wicked Young Writers’ Award. Thanks to support from Grand Central Rail, they travelled to London’s West End to attend an exciting award ceremony.
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A new chapter for children at The James Cook University Hospital
IN a bid to improve literacy in the Teesside area, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has teamed up with the National Literacy Trust Hub in Middlesbrough and the local council to hand out 3,000 free reading packs to new mums and their babies as well as children who are inpatients at The James Cook University Hospital.
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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? 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.



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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.

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