Read North East

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Read North East focuses on encouraging parents to chat, play and read to their babies and young children – whenever and wherever they are.

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

Since 2017 when we launched Read North East, 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.

As part of our work in the North East, we also run the Redcar Early Years Partnership, which combines Read North East activity with our flagship early years programme, Early Words Together.

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A summer of chat, play, read

Your child's brain grows fastest in their first five years of life. Spending just 10 minutes a day chatting, playing, and reading with your little one helps to give them the best start in life.

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Connecting Stories

Our new initiative with an exciting calendar of events, funded by Arts Council England to inspire children to tell their stories.

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  • Read North East families

    For families

    We have lots of useful tips, guidance and free activities for parents, to help you support your child's literacy development as they grow.
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    For schools

    Read North East supports schools to make literacy improvement a priority and encourage pupils to read for pleasure.
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    For supporters

    We rely on the generous support of individuals, schools, communities and businesses to help us continue our vital work in the North East.
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