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.

If you'd like to blog for Read for Good, please email jo@readforgood.org.

Happy reading!

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 […]

Willingdon Community School students let their imaginations run riot to raise money for Readathon and to celebrate books!

Willingdon Community School

We are a group of 19 Literacy students at Willingdon Community School in Eastbourne who have participated in Readathon for the first time this year. We had three main aims from this project: raise money for Readathon, encourage ourselves to read for enjoyment outside of school and to inspire other students to read. The freeing […]

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 […]

Shhhh, we have made it to to the end of term! Readathon Social Media Co-ordinator, Jo, reflects on a busy term at Readathon HQ.

Spring term has always been the busiest on our calendar but this year more than ever it has been a joy to engage online with our schools, libraries, teachers, authors, partners and even a Hollywood Movie Producer (of Despicable Me fame), John Cohen (OK, it was one retweet – but, you know, WOW!).  From photos […]