Manchester’s One Million Minutes Challenge!

Manchester – you did it!! In fact you SMASHED it!

Manchester’s children and young people read for an astonishing 2,002,510 minutes in total!!

Between 30th of October and 10th of November 2023, Read Manchester and Read for Good joined together to challenge Manchester to read for One Million Minutes! Using our free online tool, Track My Read® or by simply logging minutes on paper, schools, organsations and community settings united to smash the goal and unlock free books for community settings and an extra day of storytelling at Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Schools, Sure Start Children’s Centres, libraries, storytime parents, Read Manchester literacy champions, Manchester City of Literature, and many more got involved.

Why not give Track My Read a go in your setting or community – you might be surprised by the results!


Our service in the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

With thousands of brand new books, beautiful mobile bookcases, and professional storytelling sessions run by Amanda Smith, our work does so much to brighten up a stay. You can learn more about our work in the Hospital below.