City of Readers is a campaign to transform Liverpool into the UK’s foremost reading city.

“Reading for pleasure is the single most important thing that will make a child successful in life.”


Working in partnership, Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Learning Partnership and The Reader, are creating a culture of reading for pleasure across the city to develop a generation of readers who will take the power of great books into the future.

IMPACT Evidence from the Institute of Education (2013) shows that reading for pleasure significantly narrows gaps in attainment and is more important for children’s cognitive development than their parents’ level of education. The study also suggests that parents who read for pleasure are more likely to influence their children to do the same.

In light of this research, we want everyone to pick up a book and get reading. City of Readers is working with children, parents, carers and the wider community, reaching some of Liverpool’s most disadvantaged families, to instill a lifelong love of reading. By partnering with various businesses, cultural organisations and charities from across Liverpool, City of Readers is inspiring change by helping the people of Merseyside to build resilience, reduce social isolation and enhance well-being.

We want every child who has the ability to do so, to learn to love reading.

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