Category: Friends of Readathon

Adam Baron, Author of ‘Boy, Underwater’ tells us how a workshop to inspire students taking part in the 2018 Leicester City Readathon inspired him too.

Adam Baron

I was delighted to be asked by Read For Good and Leicester-based literacy initiative Whatever it Takes to run workshops for 250 pupils at Leicester Racecourse and for one prize-winning school, Judgemeadow Community College. The plan was to cheer on students taking part in the Leicester city Readathon- a celebration of reading from 1st-12th October […]

Intrepid interviewer Toby Ringland, age 7, delves into the detective life of Rory Branagan with author Andrew Clover

Toby reading Rory Branagan

Toby: How did you have the idea for Rory Branagan – a boy who becomes a detective? Rory: I got chicken pox when I was seven, and spent two glorious weeks reading The Secret Seven, and always wanted to write about a child who becomes a detective, but wanted the stories to be faster and […]

Little Legends Author/ Illustrator Tom Percival – who will headline our Leicester city-wide Readathon this Autumn- explains why he loves creating stories for children and feels so passionately about promoting reading for pleasure

Tom Percival, Author and Illustrator

I always struggle when trying to start writing a blog post for someone else. After all, it’s not my blog that the post will appear on, so there needs to be some sort of an introduction—but it’s very easy to slip in to Troy McClure from the Simpsons mode and say, ‘Hi, I’m Tom Percival! […]

Kate Powling Director of the Siobhan Dowd Trust, shares why the Trust has chosen to support Read for Good’s hospital programme for the last six years.

Storyteller Steve Lally with patient

The Trust was set up by the childrens’ and young adults’ author Siobhan Dowd, who in the last days of her life established a trust to use the income from her writing to fund reading projects for disadvantaged young people. Or – as the Trust mission statement goes – to provide books for the children […]

15 Julia Donaldson books in 15 days – 5 year old Layla’s amazing Readathon challenge!

Layla’s Mum tells us more.. When Layla heard about ‘Readathon’ from her school, she was so excited and could not wait to start. As a keen reader who loves books, she found huge sympathy with children who may not have the simple enjoyment of a book. Creating an online event, she was able to record […]

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 […]

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 […]