Stoke Reads

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The Stoke-on-Trent Literacy Hub is branded Stoke Reads. The campaign brings together partners across the city to promote reading and boost literacy levels.

Stoke Reads was launched in February 2017 by the National Literacy Trust and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

The campaign inspires the city to enjoy reading and helps parents to support their children’s literacy skills. Schools are delivering innovative literacy projects and businesses have the opportunity to play an important role in raising literacy levels.

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Stoke Reads BookBench project

We are bringing BookBench sculptures to Stoke-on-Trent in spring 2019 to celebrate the city’s love of reading

The BookBenches will be decorated by schools and community groups across the city with designs inspired by books and reading. Once the benches are completed, they will be installed at cultural and leisure venues across the city as part of a BookBench trail.

Schools will need to buy a BookBench to take part in the project, which most will achieve through fundraising. They money raised will be matched by local businesses, which will fund the logistics and management of the project.

Teachers will also be able to take part in Reading for Pleasure CPD training to support the project, which teaches them how to encourage a culture of reading among their pupils.

Find out more about the project in our BookBench brochure.

Confirm your BookBenches and training places

Get involved

  • Parents


    You can support your child's reading at all ages.


    Find out more.

  • Schools and settings

    Find out how your school or setting can get involved in Stoke Reads.

    More details.

  • Business


    Use your business’ resources, reach and local knowledge to make a real impact.

    Contact us.

Reading challenges
  • Stoke primary

    Stoke 100 Reads

    Your favourite books for children to read before they leave primary school 

    Can you read all 100?
  • Haywood kids 2

    Stoke Reads On

    101 books for young people to read at secondary school and beyond

    How many have you read?
  • Stoke Reads event

    Challenge for 0-5s

    Read the first 25 books on the Stoke 100 Reads list and receive a free book to keep!

    See the book list

Partners