Read North East

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Read North East is a campaign to raise children’s literacy levels in the North East.

The campaign focuses on encouraging parents to talk and read to their babies and children, strengthening the culture of reading across the region, and engaging businesses to play an important role in addressing the literacy challenge.

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Redcar Early Years Partnership

The Read North East Redcar Early Years Partnership is a project in partnership with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and Public Health South Tees that will bring Early Words Together to 20 settings across Redcar and Cleveland. The project will also incorporate other Read North East campaign activity, such as book giveaways, to improve the literacy outcomes of preschool children.

Find out more about the Read North East Redcar Early Years Partnership launch
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid event with Jeff Kinney

We teamed up with Penguin Random House to host an exclusive schools event with the world-famous Diary of Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney.

600 pupils from local schools were treated to an interactive event with the much-loved author at Newcastle Civic Centre, where they had the opportunity to hear about Jeff’s writing process and his travels around the world, learn how to draw his famous character Greg Heffley, pose their own questions to Jeff and take part in other fun activities inspired by the new book.

Each child was also gifted a copy of the The Meltdown to take home.

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The regional picture

The North East has some of the lowest literacy levels in the country. 17% of the population aged 16 to 65 (about 283,500 people) have literacy levels at or below that expected of a 9 to 11 year old, which affects how parents and carers support their children’s literacy development.

The literacy challenge in the region has been reinforced by recent data analysis by the National Literacy Trust and Experian. It found that 60% of wards in the North East have significant literacy need, and the region is second most at risk of literacy problems in the country. Find out more

The North East Literacy Forum

The North East Literacy Forum is the campaign steering group, made up of key regional and national organisations.

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