The Middlesbrough Reading Campaign got off to a flying start on Tuesday 29 January, when families gathered outside the Arriva bus in Morrison’s car park to hear more about the campaign and get a free children’s book.
A range of books were handed out to families by local supporters of the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign including top Boro’ striker Lukas Jutkiewicz, mascot ‘Roary’ the lion and Councillor Julia Rostron. Local Teesside author Keith Brumpton, came along to run a doodling session and give away three series of his Dino FC books.
Children were excited to receive a free book from footballer Lukas and hear about his own passion for reading. Lukas said:
“Reading is something I enjoyed doing when I was younger and it’s something I’ve carried on into adulthood - it’s a great way to unwind after training.
“I like anything from thrillers to comedy to fantasy. I loved reading the Harry Potter books – I read the first one when I was ten years old and grew up with them and I also like Dan Brown’s books.”
“I think the Middlesbrough Reading Campaign is giving out a really important message to kids. It’s really important for them to read.”
Mum-of-four Lynne Huskinson was at the launch and says she strongly supports the campaign after she took part in the National Literacy Trust’s Young Readers Programme at Ayresome Primary School.
“I was struggling with my reading and I wanted to help the kids with theirs. Now at least once a day we sit down as a family and get a book out. I would encourage anybody to take part in this campaign as it helps you show how fun books can be to your children.”