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Best Reads reading logs
Middlesbrough Reads has created a set of reading logs to inspire children of all ages to read for pleasure and more widely.
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Highlights to date
Closing the early years development gap
Between 2013 and 2015, around 200 families in Middlesbrough took part in Early Words Together. More children who participated achieved a Good Level of Development at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage, closing the gap with the national average from 22.6 percentage points in 2013 to 6.27 percentage points in 2015.
Encouraging reading to premature babies
Working with James Cook University Hospital and premature baby charity Bliss, parents of premature babies have been supported with book packs and nursing staff have received literacy training. The project was Highly Commended by the Third Sector’s Business Charity Award in 2016.
Raising awareness across the town
A major public campaign promotes reading and talk with babies and children, with posters displayed on public screens and bus shelters around the town. More than 20,000 flyers have been distributed to families and supporting information is included in every baby’s personal child health record.
Using the power of football
A partnership with Middlesbrough Football Club has embedded positive literacy messaging within the community. We’ve supported their events and family facilities with free books, provided features on the importance of literacy in match-day programmes and delivered social media campaigns.
Success storyView detailsHelen’s baby, James, was born at 28 weeks old, weighing just 2lbs. We provided Helen with books and advice on reading to her premature baby while he was in hospital. Success storyView detailsOver the last school year we have delivered the Puffin World of Stories programme in schools in Middlesbrough. Success storyView detailsFor more than 20 years our Young Readers Programme has provided children from disadvantaged backgrounds with the skills they need to choose books and fall in love with reading. The...