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A little bit of festival magic; Vicky Pember describes why working in partnership with major literary festivals feels so special.

There’s something so magical about meeting the author of your favourite book and hearing about their inspiration for the story. As Bath Children’s Festival get underway this week, thousands of children will have the opportunity to do just this. My colleague, Heidi Perry and I have been lucky enough to have worked with Bath Children’s […]

15 Julia Donaldson books in 15 days – 5 year old Layla’s amazing Readathon challenge!

Layla’s Mum tells us more.. When Layla heard about ‘Readathon’ from her school, she was so excited and could not wait to start. As a keen reader who loves books, she found huge sympathy with children who may not have the simple enjoyment of a book. Creating an online event, she was able to record […]

Titus Salt School borrows a remarkable 769 books during their Readathon marathon

Pupil at Titus Salt Schoo

Our Year 7 students spent seven weeks between spring half term reading as much as they could and getting sponsorship for Readathon. Reading took place in form time and in their literacy lessons, where they also shared and reviewed their books and had a go at writing their own stories. The students raised £611 and […]

Read Amelia’s charming story ‘The Bird Princess’ – created with Readathon Storyteller, Graham, during her stay in Birmingham Children’s Hospital

A story by Amelia with Readathon storyteller Graham Langley Once upon a time in a distant land there lived a beautiful bird. She was a princess of birds and her feathers were bright blue and red.  Her palace was in a tall pointed tree in the middle of the woods ant it was surrounded by […]

Working together. Rebecca Wilson, College Librarian, Huddersfield New College Library tells us how she approached her Readathon

Rebecca Wilson College Librarian

We provisionally set the end date for our Readathon as Monday 11th April, so first day back after the Easter holidays, hoping that if students involved didn’t read much during the term weeks before we broke up, that the holidays would provide them with the time and opportunity to read & get sponsors. Depending on […]

Henry inspires a whole school

We visited the Readathon website & downloaded & used a lot of the extra materials found on there, such as posters but we especially loved the videos both for Secondary Schools & Teachers on running Readathon but the one video we found that made the most impact was called Henry’s Story and was a recorded […]

Leighterton Primary School place books at the heart of their kindness tree

Our Readathon officially finished on Friday and we have already had some sponsor cards and money returned which is great. I have given them the next week to collect their money in and return it to school – reminding them it wasn’t too late to get a one off pound here and there for reading […]

Quick wins for Leighterton Primary School with their on-the-spot sponsored reads for an instant 50p!

I reminded the children to keep on going with their Readathon in assembly today. I suggested that they could have ‘on the spot sponsored reads’ to drum up some money! For example, ‘Will you put 50p in my pot if I read you this poem?” I also encouraged them to try and beat the last […]

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