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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 […]

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 […]

Dr Frances Willmoth tells us about her book Astronomouse, a tale of the mice who inhabit the Greenwich Royal Observatory, a new addition to Readathon’s extensive selection of books for children in hospital.

Astronomouse Front Cover

Living with a long-term illness, I know all too well how tedious it can be for anyone to have to spend time confined to a hospital bed. There’s a good reason why patients are called “patients”! – patience is essential at all times, as people often have nothing to do but wait for things that […]

A Book is a Book (In praise of the Argos Catalogue) Former Readathon employee turned author Debbie Young is inspired by unusual World Book Day choices!

Debbie at BBC Radio Gloucestershire

Wacky fancy dress costumes quickly go viral on World Book Day, and this year a boy dressed as the Argos catalogue hit the headlines. “Well, it is his favourite book,” tweeted his mum, Vicki Bowles. While some commentators sniffed disapproval, the story will have resonated with any parents who’ve ever had an Argos catalogue in […]

Wilmington Grammar School for Boys get their bookbuzz with Readathon!

Wilmington Grammar School for Boys

Hi, I’m the librarian in Wilmington Grammar School for Boys and I have been running Readathon for a number of years now. Each year has got progressively better in terms of involvement and money raised through introducing an element of competition. This year has been the best yet, raising in the region of £2,700! Readathon […]

To celebrate National Storytelling Week, Readathon storyteller Jen Lunn shares the magic of storytelling for children in hospital.

Me – “Can you see what it says on the back of my t-shirt?” Child – “I’m a Readathon Storyteller” Me – “Yeah. The thing is… I’m a bit of a cheat.” Intrigued look from child. Me – “You see, I’m actually a story collector.” I have been pushing my wonderful mobile bookcases of Readathon […]

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