School Librarian Angela Nixon describes some of the innovative ways of having fun with reading during her school’s Readathon.

Welcome to Annan Academy’s Book Week: The Musical!

Running Readathon means our students are taking their reading to another level, becoming a force for good. They are helping to provide books and storytellers to those who can’t be sitting in the classroom, or relaxing at home in their room, because they are in hospital. That message is heard by every pupil during this week through the brilliant videos Read for Good provide. They know exactly where the money they raise is going to and who it is helping.

We are running it during book week and this is how it begins:

It is Monday. 8.55am. Kids are on the way to class and it begins…as they walk into class their teacher is wearing a badge, on that badge is a picture of a book. “I’ve got one,” they yell and the Scavenger Hunt begins: the target, every staff member in the school as for one week we are all books which they must collect. The book Scavenger Hunt is the brainchild of Mrs Johnston, English Teacher and Our Community Reads Co-Ordinator. Book Week is her baby with support from myself, the school library and all the staff in the school. For this week the pupils will be asked to take out a book during any period to read for 10 mins. Books and the joy of reading are on everyone’s agenda.

During break and lunch the pupils come to the Library and discover cakes (baked by staff) and fresh fruit (provided by local retailers) so everyone taking part receives a treat. Other competitions include The Blurbie , Tutor competitions, Writing competitions and Recommend a Book.

Angela Nixon