On Thursday 12th September 2019, pupils, teachers, councillors, librarians, council officers, charity colleagues, Ronny the Rhino and others gathered at Shakespeare Primary School to officially launch Leeds’ Year of Reading. A 3 year partnership agreement was signed with The Booktrust (http://www.booktrust.org.uk ) which will bring over £1 million worth of books and resources into the city as well as enhanced programmes and training for a range of families and colleagues. Children and young people from 12 different schools attended and were entertained by stories from The Rainbow Factory (https://www.rainbowfactorykids.com/ ) and a songwriting workshop with Luke Carver Goss ( https://lukecarvergoss.co.uk/home.html ) . Photos were taken , books were handed out to all children (courtesy of Booktrust), a cake was cut and everyone had a wonderful time, The Year of reading aims to activate the city around a love of reading and stories so that everyone has an enhanced enjoyment of the magic of books and the benefits that they can bring. For further details follow @LeedsYOR on twitter and see our website at http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/YearofReading and get involved!