We’re building a City of Readers in Liverpool… 

Take a look at how we’ve been getting Liverpool reading for pleasure in this trailer video – with special thanks to Insight Moving Images.

City of Readers is a campaign to transform Liverpool into the UK’s foremost reading city. We’re here to develop a generation of readers who love to read, and will take the power of great books into the future.

Nationally, more than 22% of children rarely or never read a book in their own time. Yet we know that people who read for pleasure not only do better at school but are also more creative.

“Readers are astonishingly creative. Danny Boyle and I created the Olympic Opening Ceremony from all the thoughts and imagination books had given us over the years.”

Frank Cottrell Boyce, writer.


The importance of reading for a child’s future has never been so clear, with research from the Institute of Education (IOE) showing that children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers and make more progress in maths as well as vocabulary and spelling between the ages of 10 and 16 than those who rarely read.

But it’s not only in school where the impact is felt – reading for pleasure is more important to a child’s social mobility in later life than whether or not their parents have a degree.

Preliminary results from the same researchers suggest that reading in adult life is still important for learning, and if parents read regularly, they’re more likely to influence their children to do the same. Creating a City of Readers starts now before it can move into the future, so we want everyone to pick up a book and get reading!

We want every child who has the ability to do so to learn to love reading. That means growing up with reading as an enjoyable part of every day life, sharing stories, talking about books, and surrounded by adults who love reading.  It’s Liverpool – so carry a book!

We’d love to know what you’re doing to promote reading in Liverpool.  Let us know through our contacts page or the social media icons to the right.