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Peterborough families invited to share the places they love to read

24 Aug 2018

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Does your child read Kerr in the car, Pichon in the playground and Walliams in the waiting-room? Wherever your family chooses to pick up a book, the National Literacy Trust wants to know about it!

The National Literacy Trust Hub in Peterborough, known locally as Peterborough Reads, is celebrating reading in unusual places by challenging families and young readers across the city to share pictures of the places they enjoy reading.

The photos can be of a child reading independently, a group shot of a family reading together or even a selfie with a book. Pictures can be shared on social media using #PeterboroughReads or emailed to Everyone who posts a picture will be entered into a draw to win theatre tickets and books.

Councillor Lynne Ayres, cabinet member for education at Peterborough City Council, said:

"This is a really timely competition, celebrating books, the weather and long summer days. We are delighted to be supporting this. By developing a passion for reading, young people can increase their chances of educational attainment at school, while nurturing a hobby that will lead to a lifetime of learning and enjoyment.

"To me, there is nothing better than being outside with a good book. My own favourite place to read is in the grounds of Peterborough Cathedral or in my garden."

Sally Atkinson, Manager of the National Literacy Trust Hub in Peterborough, said:

“It’s always a joy to see a child reading somewhere unexpected, so we can’t wait to see how creative people across Peterborough get with their photos. Research shows how enjoyable some children find reading outside compared to indoor settings – especially reluctant readers who may not have considered this a possibility before.

“We hope this competition will inspire more families to read together over the summer holidays, which will help children to return to school in September refreshed and ready to learn.”

Reading Buddies are still needed to support reading at Peterborough schools from September. No previous experience is required and full training is provided – email to find out more.

Peterborough Reads is a campaign from the National Literacy Trust and Peterborough City Council to get the whole city reading. Launched in 2014, a range of partners work together to promote reading and writing, and to improve literacy levels in the city.

For more information about Peterborough Reads, visit


About the National Literacy Trust

We are an independent charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. Our research and analysis make us the leading authority on literacy. We run projects in the poorest communities, campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians and parents, and support schools.

The National Literacy Trust supports the Vision for Reading in Peterborough, an approach launched by Peterborough City Council and Vivacity and in January to ensure that every child in the city enjoys reading and can read well.

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The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944. Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.

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