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The Read Manchester campaign from Manchester City Council and the National Literacy Trust promotes reading and aims to boost literacy across the city. 


manchester kid 400x266Information for teachers and literacy leaders about the National Literacy Trust Network and more.

Find details for schools.  


Chorlton BookBenchIconic BookBenches have been decorated by local schools and communities. The BookBench trail will launch on 10 July 2017. 

Find out more about the project.


benchBusinesses will play an important role in Read Manchester.

Register your details for upcoming opportunities

Parents and carers

Smiley baby in Children's libraryFind out how you can support your child’s reading.  Information and tips for parents.  

Blogs and success stories

benchCampaign successes and quotes from schools, businesses and residents who are supporting Read Manchester. 

Read about our successes.  


NickSharrattCampaign supporters helping to raise awareness of the importance of reading.

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Manchester Reading Ahead

Manchester Reading Ahead invites you to pick six things to read - then record, rate and review them in a diary.

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Get reading

Haven't picked up a book in a while? It's never too late to start reading

Calendar of events

See what's on in the coming months and get involved

Image gallery

Campaign pictures from around Manchester

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Storytime sessions

Details of free weekly storytime sessions across the city aimed at under fives


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.