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We have been working to improve the literacy levels of children in Middlesbrough since 2013.

The first years of a child’s life are crucial to their development, so our work in Middlesbrough has focused on the early years. Through our work, we have helped to decrease the literacy and early years development gaps in the town.

We work in partnership with Middlesbrough Council and, with funding from Arts Council England, we run exciting projects in the local community.

How to get involved

  • We have lots of fun, quick, and easy activities for Middlesbrough families to try at home and when you are out and about to help your child discover a love of reading and...
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  • National Literacy Trust in Middlesbrough support local schools to improve their literacy levels, and encourage pupils to read and write in their own time.
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  • Find out how you can partner with us to help change life stories through the power of literacy in Middlesbrough.
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Middlesbrough Literacy Champions

Sign up as a volunteer Literacy Champion and, if you live in Middlesbrough, you'll have the chance to join a fantastic team of supported volunteers!

Find out more about becoming a Literacy Champion and sign up with the link below. You can also get in touch with if you’d like to know more about volunteering in Middlesbrough.

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Edmund the Elephant Story Trail

Take an exciting stroll through Stewart Park on this brilliant and exciting story trail.

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News and success stories

Since 2013, we have worked with local businesses, health, schools, housing, sport and cultural partners to help children and their families understand the importance of reading and make books a priority in their lives.

Connecting Stories

Download and enjoy free Walk and Talk trails and activities!

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Fifth Anniversary Report

Middlesbrough Reads was the first National Literacy Trust Hub. It was establised to break the cycle of poverty and intergenerational low literacy that was impacting on local children’s life chances. In our first five years, we worked with over 40,000 families. You can read more about our impact by downloading our report.

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