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!

Read for Good’s Holly McSweeney revels in The Female Lead’s stories of inspirational women; each with a history and a success to be shared. 

When The Female Lead landed at the Read for Good office not too long ago, it was met with complete awe from the team. And when I first unfurled its pages I intended only to glimpse at what it had in store, thinking I’d fully read it at a later date when I had more […]

To mark our BBC Radio 4 Appeal, we talk to Royal Cornwall Hospital’s Storyteller and Hospital Teacher about the importance of books and stories for long-term patient, William, and his mum, Hannah.

Mike O'Leary Storyteller

It’s easy to think that storytelling is just what the word says: telling a story. But since working at Read for Good and meeting our truly unique group of storytellers, and some of the hospital school and play team staff they work with, I’ve learned that storytelling is so much more, particularly for a child […]

Miss Kauser from Hyndburn Park Primary School hollers ‘Happy reading + happy children = happy teachers!’ when delighting in running the school’s second Readathon.

At Hyndburn Park Primary School in Accrington our Readathon week began on Monday 8th November and ended on Friday 12th November. We raised over £840 and this is how…  Read for Good was picked as the chosen charity for our Autumn Term as we wanted to raise funds and awareness – not only for an […]

Lu Fraser, author of the award winning The Littlest Yak, encourages you to turn left when looking for your literary love!

Author Lu Fraser

Read for Good champions every bookish thing that matters to me and, far more importantly, every bookish thing that matters to thousands of children around the UK. Their Readathon is an ingenious way of encouraging a genuine love of books whilst simultaneously funding school libraries AND bringing light to children in hospital at some of their most difficult times. Read for Good changes lives in the most wonderful way.

Amazing Jane swaps her books for trainers as she runs for Read for Good in her debut Marathon effort!

In October this year, Jane France made Read for Good history as the first person to complete the London Marathon for our charity. Jane laced up her trainers, and ran the marathon virtually, fundraising to bring brand-new books and spellbinding storytellers to children in hospitals across the UK. With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, imagination […]

Ranulf Kinloch Jones, founder of Beyond the Blackboard Tutors and Science teacher extraordinaire, shares with us his thoughts on why reading for pleasure is a cross curriculum challenge.

Beyond the Blackboard Tutors

There I am, a newly-qualified 24-year old teacher, standing in front of a sea of slightly perturbed but curious eyes in my first ever science lesson at a deprived inner-city London school. I’m incredibly nervous and very much showing it, but trying to overcompensate for this by using every body language power stance I can. […]

LettingaProperty.com find their home in a hundred books!

LettingaProperty.com World Book Day 2021

LettingaProperty.com find their home in a hundred books!  Once upon a time, the team at LettingaProperty.com set themselves a challenge to raise money for an important cause. Intrigued? Well, settle down and enjoy the story.  Before we get to that, a quick bit about us. LettingaProperty.com is the UK’s longest established online lettings company. We offer a smarter alternative to traditional high-street letting, by providing greater control and transparency […]

Read for Good work experience student Laura Young shares her experience of reading for pleasure.

Having just completed my GCSEs, I decided to do a week of work experience at Read for Good. It appealed to me because there are a variety of different interesting roles in the charity. Although I have never done a Readathon at my school, I am enthusiastic about the idea and I encourage people to […]

All hail Mrs Fleming, the Halewood Academy Librarian who has run Readathon for 10 years before her retirement!

Pupils with piles of books

Hello! My name is Diane Fleming and I was the School Librarian at Halewood Academy, which is a Secondary School in Knowsley, Liverpool. I worked there for over 22 years and was the Librarian for the last 12 years. I am also a mum of two (now grown up children) and a grandmother to an […]