Middlesbrough Reads celebrates World Book Day with Middlesbrough FC

08 Mar 2022
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We marked a very special World Book Day in Middlesbrough with lots of book gifting across the town.

On Thursday 3 March we celebrated 25 years of World Book Day in Middlesbrough. Over the last 25 years, World Book Day has created an incredible opportunity to change lives through a love of reading and books.

At Middlesbrough Reads, it's one of our favourite days of the year and we celebrated in style this year!

Book gifting

Research has shown us that over 400,000 children and young people across the UK say they don't have a book of their own at home.

That's why, to kick off our celebrations we teamed up with Middlesbrough Libraries to offer library goers the chance to win a bundle of books. All visitors had to do was collect their free World Book Day book and check out another book written by the World Book Day authors to be in with a chance of winning.

To help visitors choose a new book, we create a handy book list which you can find here.

We continued our partnership with Middlesbrough Libraries by inviting schools to visit throughout World Book Day week to collect their books and encourage library card sign-up for any children who had yet to do so.

We also continued our work with Early Years settings and gifted over 600 books to nursery services in Middlesbrough. Children at Little Wonders Nursery loved receiving their very own copy of Peppa Pig!

Dressing up!

In true World Book Day tradition, children from schools across Middlesbrough took part by dressing up as their favourite fictional character. Some took it a step further and decorated potatoes inspired by their favourite books.

Middlesbrough FC

There was cause for double celebration at Riverside Stadium on Saturday...

Not only did Middlesbrough FC win their match against Luton, but Boro Reads took over the club's Creative Corner to give out 900 World Book Day titles to eager fans who had attended the match!

Check out some of the happy fans with their books below!