Read Manchester are excited to announce the three winners of a set of 62 books from their reading map.

Last year, Read Manchester launched a Reading Map resource in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester. The design is based on the iconic Manchester Metrolink map but the twist is that children will find a new book to read in place of every Metrolink stop!

Every Manchester school child in year 5 and 6 received a copy of the map. The map has also been very popular amongst featured authors who have uploaded photos of themselves with the map from all over the world! Check out #ReadMCR on Twitter to view some of these.

To find out what schools thought about the map and how they used them to support pupils’ learning, we conducted a feedback survey open to all schools who had received maps.

Reading is like a journey Map combining Manchester's tram network with books replacing stations.

Schools who completed a survey giving feedback on their experience of the map were entered into a draw to win a set of books. Three lucky schools were drawn at random and chosen as the winners! The winning schools are Armitage C of E primary school, St Wilfrid’s C of E Aided Primary School and Unity Community Primary School. Congratulations!

Feedback from the map was positive and many schools told us how it had helped children to explore new books and genres. Unity Community Primary School explained that the map ‘encouraged the children to try different books in the library by referring to the maps – adults would signpost children in different directions to their usual choices!’

Armitage C of E Primary School explained that the map made children ‘more aware of the standards and expectations in Upper Key Stage Two’ and added that ‘the readers who are naturally more interested expressed opinions about which books they were going to read first.’

Two children reading books at the table

At St Wilfrid’s C of E Assisted Primary School, teachers fed back to us that ‘Encouraging children to read in our setting presents a challenge so opening their minds to new options has been useful!’

Read Manchester would like to extend a big thank you to the publishers and authors who donated copies of their books in order for us to gift these sets of books:

Barrington Stoke, Nosy Crow, Canongate Books, Chicken House Books, Collins Kids, Scholastic, Usborne Children’s Books, Macmillan Children’s Books, Simon & Schuster, Wide Eyes Editions, Penguin Random House, Atheneum Books, Pan Macmillan, Otter-Barry Books, Bloomsbury Children’s Books, Guppy Books and Harper Collins.

Table of books