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

Middlesbrough mums-to be encouraged to read to their baby bump
Mums-to-be and their partners are being encouraged to read, talk and sing to their pregnancy bumps to celebrate International Literacy Day.
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Middlesbrough Hub shortlisted for Charity Times Award
A pioneering initiative in the National Literacy Trust Hub in Middlesbrough to encourage parents to read to their premature babies in a hospital neonatal unit has been nominated for a national award.
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Family reading time - Third installment of a Middlesbrough mum's blog
One of the things about having a baby born very early is that they need a lot of support, rest, medical help and there isn’t much to do. I wanted to be with him as much as possible. I was only able to spend the first 8 nights at the hospital. I had to be discharged as there were a few families from out of area who took priority in the flats. One of the things which helped with leaving him was to have a routine. Before I left, we had a story together.
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Middlesbrough Hub Manager supports the Summer Reading Campaign
YOUNG readers are being challenged to bury their nose in a book – with lots of incentives along the way. The 2016 Summer Reading Challenge is now underway celebrating 100 years of the world’s favourite storyteller, Roald Dahl. The Big Friendly Read will see community hubs and libraries across Middlesbrough inviting children to join in the fun.
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The Reverend Adam Gaunt
There’s nothing like curling up with a good novel - or in my case, plonking yourself on a balcony in your Boro shirt and reading!

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For parents

Easter 2016Summer of sport
Use this summer’s sporting events to get your child reading, writing and talking! 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 Modern Art

Arts and crafts for children of all ages and their families.

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Every Friday 

Streetwise Opera weekly workshops 

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art 

Build confidence and self esteem through singing workshops.

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Monthly - next session 26 May

Lucky Dip Book Club

Middlesbrough Insitute of Modern Art.

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National Literacy Trust

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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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