WHAT IS YOUNG CITY READS?
Young City Reads is an annual BIG READ for children – one brilliant book is selected for classes to read, explore, discuss and creatively engage with. It is the largest children’s shared reading project in the South.
All you need to do is buy a set of the book for your class, group or school. The weekly emails and resources are free. The reading period lasts 10 weeks between March and May. It launches on World Book Day and culminates in a big event with the author at Brighton Festival.
We collaborate closely with teachers, parents and community development workers working together to the greater benefit of young people across the region, giving particular support to young people who are marginalised by circumstance or background.
WHY WE DO IT
Young City Reads exists to inspire children to read for pleasure, empower them to believe in themselves and open doors for the future. We offer them creative and cultural opportunities as well as improving their literacy. Our work improves not just reading ability, but self confidence, social integration and learning. It also increases long-term employment prospects by enhancing knowledge and skills.
Did you know? Every year the YCR team work hard to raise money for books to ensure that schools who cannot afford book sets can still take part. Click the link above or click the DONATE button (below left) to give the gift of reading to child in need.