Middlesbrough was one of four venues selected to host the 2020 World Book Day’s Share a Story Live Tour. Over 1,200 pupils from 26 local primary schools attended an author extravaganza at Middlesbrough Town Hall. The event featured 7 of the UK’s best-loved children’s authors and illustrators as part of World Book Day’s Share a Story Live Tour (MG Leonard and Sam Sedgman, Katie and Kevin Tsang, Sam Copeland, Sibeal Pounder and Jamie Littler). After the event on stage, children were given the opportunity to meet the authors, and get a signed book. The authors then spent the afternoon visiting schools across the town. Children from Abingdon Primary School (joined by pupils from Breckon Hill Primary School & St Augustine’s Primary School), Archibald Primary School, Linthorpe Primary School, and Ayresome Primary School, all enjoyed an hour long performance from one of the authors.
In 2020, to build on the success of the campaign, World Book Day called on the nation to Share a Million Stories within a month (27 February – 29 March) everywhere and anywhere; schools, shops, libraries, the park, at home, on public transport. The event at Middlesbrough Town Hall contributed to this feat as every child got a free World Book Day book to take home.