Tag: reading

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 […]

A-Level student and bookworm Holly Mc Sweeny explains how a passion for reading led her first to work experience and then to a volunteer post at Readathon

Stroud High School

My name is Holly McSweeney. I am currently studying for A levels and I am also a profound book lover. Recently I had to find somewhere to spend my work experience week, and searched for weeks for something I would enjoy that was linked to my love of English and reading.  When I stumbled across […]

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 […]

Author Ben Holden, writes about his new anthology – Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups – which he has just published in support of Readathon

Bedtime Stories for Grown Ups, Ben Holden

In Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups, I explore night, dreams, sleep and storytelling through (short) great works of literature (prose and poetry, fiction and non-fiction). The project was inspired by the joy of reading bedtime stories to my own young children, a primal routine that has also allowed me to commune with my own inner-child. The […]

Listen up teachers! Our resident part-time primary teacher Lucy has come up with some inspiring ideas on how to make Readathon lighten your load!

Children reading

I’m a part time primary teacher and I spend a couple of days a week working at Readathon, which is great because I’m able to put my knowledge of life in the classroom to good use! I know all too well how a teacher’s time is stretched by government and school demands, and having run […]

Such a “positive way to promote literacy” – The Study School, New Malden tell us about their first ever Readathon

Pupils at The Study School

Today was a very exciting day for the whole of KS2 at our school. After enjoying ourselves the day before with the celebration of Roald Dahl’s 100thbirthday, we decided to encourage pupils to read more by organising a Readathon! Children in KS2 (aged 7-11) embarked on an 8 hour long reading marathon to raise money […]

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