Category: Friends of Readathon

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 […]