Young City Reads



07 MARCH -22 MAY 2019

We are delighted to reveal that Onjali Q. Rauf’s refugee story ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ has been chosen as our 2019 BIG READ as part of Brighton Festival. Visit the Young City Reads 2019 page to find out more about this year’s book.


Young City Reads is an annual BIG READ for children – one book, by one author is selected for classes to read, explore, discuss and creatively engage with. 

All your school or book group needs to do is buy a set of the book for your class or school. The weekly emails and resources are free.


Young City Reads exists to inspire children to read for pleasure, empower them to believe in themselves and create thinkers of the future. It is the largest children’s shared reading project in the South.

We believe in the creative power of all young readers and work hard to support children and families to experience the joy of reading and all its benefits.

We aim to collaborate closely with teachers, parents and community development workers working together to the greater benefit of young people across the region.


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 at the top of the page to give the gift of reading to child in need.