Big reader? Big future!


Our Read On Nottingham campaign is working with Nottingham City Council, Small Steps big Changes and UNESCO City of Literature to encourage children to read for pleasure as part of their Big reader? Big future! initiative. We are ambitious for every child to read today and succeed tomorrow.

We believe reading gives children the best possible start in life. Research shows that children who enjoy stories every day are more likely to:

  • Have better mental health and wellbeing
  • Do better at school exams
  • Have more job opportunities

How you can get involved

Take part in The Big Monster Hunt

Over February 2019, we’re asking children to visit their local Nottingham libraries to find hidden monsters that hold special words to make up a secret sentence and win a prize. The primary with the most children who complete the challenge will win a prize of books for their school library, which will be presented on World Book Day on 7 March 2019.

Find out more.

Tell us about your favourite books

Enter Read On Nottingham's 100 Reads

We're asking the people of Nottingham to tell us which children's books they love the most!

Pupils at every primary school in the city, and all residents young and old, will be invited to nominate their favourite children’s books. This will help us create a list of Nottingham’s top 100 Reads, which will be used to find out which are the best-loved books to recommend to other children.

Find out more about 100 Reads.

Take a look at our tips on reading with children at home

Visit Words for Life

Our sister site, Words For Life is packed with recommended reads, tips on reading with children of all ages and loads of other fun activities.

Help more children with their reading

Being a confident reader is the foundation of a happy, successful future – but not every child has enough support to get there. You could make a huge difference by volunteering to help children read:

  • In your local school: Schools need Literacy Volunteers to spend a fun morning or afternoon a week reading one on one with children.
  • In your local library: Libraries are looking for Reading Champions to listen to children read at their after-school sessions.
  • In your community: Already active in your local community? Become a Literacy Champion...

Find out more.