Welcome to Read for Good's blog.

Here you'll find a treasure chest of ideas, musings and inspiration from some of the people who experience Read for Good: from schools running our Readathon, to children in hospital discovering our books and storytellers.

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Happy reading!

Who needs sleep when you can read? Jimmy from NorthGate High School in Dereham tells us about their 24 hr Readathon!

As part of our World Book Day celebrations, we held a 24 hour Readathon and library sleepover in the Learning Hub. 24 pupils from years 7-9 and 4 members of staff took part in the Readathon and had a variety of reasons for signing up- Sam, who read 2 books during it, had some books […]

For more than 30 years we’ve been motivating gazillions of individual schools to read for fun through our Readathon. External Relations Manager, Annie Smith explains how we now want multiple schools to join forces to unleash its power across whole communities.

External Relations Manager, Annie Smith

From the world’s biggest coke-mentos demonstration to the largest number of people dressed as Smurfs, mass participation events are all the rage. So how about a mass Readathon? We know that our sponsored read has worked beautifully in individual schools for whole generations. Schools that run it are already part of a glorious loop of […]

Pupils from Mab Lane Primary School excitedly regale their Liverpool Readathon experience

Mab Lane Primary

Here at Mab Lane we were excited to take part in the first Liverpool-wide Readathon which ran during last year’s National Libraries Week. We all love reading! Our teachers chose really fun books to share with us that make us excited to do our work. Year 5 read Cosmic, by Frank Cottrell Boyce which is […]

For Cherry Land our Operations Manager, this Christmas, the spirit of giving and receiving will have a special significance.

I’ve always been a big fan of Christmas – the twinkly lights, mince pies, mulled wine and hours watching films and playing Lego at home with my family, have been what makes it for me. But more recently, it’s been at work, in my job as Operations Manager at Read for Good, that Christmas has […]

Jeanne Willis leaps in to Neverland in her role as Readathon in Residence author at Evelina Children’s Hospital

Jeanne Willis

According to Peter Pan, all children except one, grow up. It’s a lovely fantasy but the sad reality is that not all children do. Hopefully, most of the young patients I met on my Readathon author visits to Evelina Children’s Hospital will go on to lead long and happy lives, but despite the best medical […]

Carmel Herrick, the School Room Team Manager at Gloucester Royal Hospital School reflects on the impact Read for Good’s hospital programme has on the children’s ward.

Read for Good's mobile bookcase

The Read for Good bookcase has been on the Children’s Ward for four years and is enjoyed and appreciated by young people, parents, medical staff and definitely the teachers. As we wheel it around the ward, families’ eyes light up as they spot the range of books. Parents spot books they loved as children and […]

Why we love to read – Three Year nine students from Holly Lodge Girls College tell us why they read along with over 20 000 children in the Liverpool Readathon last week!

Holly Lodge

To read or not to read? Asked what we like to do in our spare time and it will range from being on our phones to swimming. But what most people don’t realise is that reading actually widens our way of thinking. For someone who likes books it is a way of escaping the harsh […]

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 […]

The Kids of Readalot – sounds like a great novel – but actually they’re a band of brothers who love to read so much they’re doing our BIG HOLIDAY READ! PLUS they’ve shared their brilliant blog with us!

The Kids of Readalot

Hello everyone! It’s the start of the second week of our summer holidays and we wanted to tell you about one of the things we’re doing over the summer. A couple of weeks ago we signed up to take part in Read For Good’s Big Holiday Read. The aim of the Big Holiday Read is […]