Read for Good’s Brilliant Box of Books – supporting school libraries

“I’m wondering what to read next…” Matilda

Children read more when they read what they like. This was the view of Readathon’s first chair, Roald Dahl, and one that is supported by decades of research and our experience of running Readathon over the last 35 years.

Read for Good’s mission is to support children to love reading, with all the lifelong benefits this brings, from emotional wellbeing to social mobility and attainment. We know that now, more than ever, schools need an exciting range of books to help children discover the stories that will set their imaginations alight and inspire a lifelong love of reading.

We’ve given £1 million of book vouchers to schools in partnership with Scholastic Book Clubs since 2010. We also piloted a new programme in 2019/2020 to further boost reading for pleasure book selection in schools. Filled with books that children love and choose, Read for Good’s Brilliant Box of Books gave 30 schools in need £1,000 worth of the latest series, graphic novels and firm favourites spanning Y5-Y8 (approx ages 9-12).  

We also included a year’s free membership to the School Library Association giving access to guidance and ideas such as lesson plans, expert book knowledge and reviews of digital platforms, plus exclusive benefits.

We’re hoping to re-open applications to the our next round of brilliant book boxes subject to funding. Sign up to our newsletter to be kept up to date with developments