Skip to content

We use necessary cookies that allow our site to work. We also set optional cookies that help us improve our website.

For more information about the types of cookies we use, and to manage your preferences, visit our Cookies policy here.

Cookie settings

The North East

North East hero image

We work across the North East with families, schools and the community to raise children’s literacy levels and set them up with the skills they need to thrive in later life.

We work with organisations and businesses across the region, joining forces to strengthen the culture of reading across the region.

Since 2017 when we launched, we have given away more than 8,700 books to children who, according to our research, may not have any books of their own at home.

Our campaign work is focused in the four main areas with the highest literacy need: Newcastle, Gateshead, Stockton and Redcar. We also deliver activity specifically for little ones aged 0-5, in our flagship early years programme, First Words Together.

Keep up to date with our latest activity by following our Facebook page

Or get in touch with us at

North East Literacy Champions

Sign up as a volunteer Literacy Champion and, if you live in the North East, you'll have the chance to join our 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 the region.

Find out more
RNE - Lit Champs.jpg
  • We have lots of useful tips, guidance and free activities for parents, to help you support your child's literacy development as they grow.
    Learn more
  • Read North East supports schools to make literacy improvement a priority and encourage pupils to read for pleasure.
    Learn more
  • We rely on the generous support of individuals, schools, communities and businesses to help us continue our vital work in the North East.
    Learn more

Success stories

Key partners