Read with Me is CODE’s reading promotion campaign designed to promote the love and habit of reading by providing encouragement and inspiration. The campaign features “Reading Champions” from Africa, the Caribbean, and Canada. A Reading Champion is anyone interested in promoting reading for pleasure, including young readers, celebrities, writers, teachers, librarians, students, civil servants, even entire organizations can be reading champions.

We are using social media to spread the word and to feature our reading champions. We’re also encouraging in-person appearances and events.

Become a Reading Champion

You can become one of our reading champions, it’s easy!

Pick one (or many) of the options below and send us your post. We’ll share on our website, facebook page, twitter, youtube and Instagram. Our celebrity reading champions will also share your post on their network. We’re going to make a draw at the end of March 2018 and choose three of the best reading champion submissions to win one of three great prizes!

CODE’s Burt Award social media accounts:

Here’s how to promote the love of reading through your social media network.

  • Tag us @CODEBurtAwards #ReadWithMe when posting to your personal Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
  • Become friends and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We will, in turn, follow you and re-post your messages and photos on our social media accounts.
  • It is okay to post in any language, but if you include an English version then we can share around the world.

Level A – Take a photo holding a book and tag your post @CODEBurtAwards with #ReadWithMe. We’ll repost and share your content. Follow @CODEBurtAwards on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and share our content. You can take individual photos or group photos.*

Level B – Do the same as Level A, AND write a few sentences explaining why you are a reader and why reading is important to you.

Level C - Create a short video (using a phone or a camera). You can use these questions to guide the content of your video – or make up your own questions.

  • Why are you a reader?
  • Why is reading important to you?
  • What book do you want people to “Read with You”?
  • What is your favorite book and why?
  • Why do you read for pleasure?
  • Where do you find good books to read?

Level D – In-person events

Promote literacy and a love of reading by gathering together to share the reading experience.

  • Set up a reading club and read the same book and then meet to discuss.
  • Or read a book of your choice (each a different book) and meet to discuss which book you read, and why you liked it. Swap books.
  • Set up a book fair.
  • Organize an author visit.
  • Invite a reading champion to your school or library and host a reading event.
  • Work with one of our partner organizations to set up a reading tent, a book club, or public event.
  • Post photos and messages about your event through your social media network
  • Be sure to tell us about your activities, before, during and after, and we’ll repost and share your activities to inspire others.
  • Tell us what you are planning and we can provide some fun things to help you including: books, bookmarks, book bags, t-shirts, wristbands, posters and a Read with Me sign that you can hold for profile photos.
  • We’d be thrilled if you chose to be photographed with a Burt Award-winning title. We can provide a list of local Burt Award winners and supply you with a copy of the book of your choice.

For more information contact: Lynn O’Rourke or Claire Bolton

Read With Me Resources

  1. Complete Participation Guide for Teachers, Librarians, organizations, and celebrities
  2. Media Consent Form for youth under the age of 18 (for photos and videos)
  3. Download a Read with Me sign for photos and videos
  4. Photo Video Guidelines

Regional Partners

Request support materials regionally through CODE’s local partners:

Ethiopia: CODE-Ethiopia
P.O. Box 9443, Arat Kilo Square, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia / 
+251 111 266 563 / +251 0919 -34-38-49 / +2510913-00-39-51

Ghana: Ghana Book Trust
No. 16  IPS Road, Legon, Accra, Ghana
P.O. Box LG536, Legon, Accra, Ghana 
+233 302 502 495 / +233 244 383 724

Kenya: National Book Development Council of Kenya
Golf Course Phase 1, Ngobit Estate, House No. 116B, Nairobi, Kenya
P.O. Box 10904-00100, Nairobi, Kenya 
+254 770 108556

Tanzania: Children's Book Project for Tanzania
Kijitonyama Area, Plot No. 271, Block 44, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania 
+ 255 222 773 392



Caribbean: Bocas Lit
Anna Lucie-Smith 
(868) 222-7099

In Canada: CODE
Lynn O’Rourke
Claire Bolton
321 Chapel Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 7Z2
613-232-3569 or 1 800-661-2633 or 


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