Cressida wants to thank Readathon schools!

We have an exclusive reward for any school that has run Readathon since the first lockdown started back in March 2020.

We wanted to show our appreciation for not only keeping pupils reading for pleasure, but at the same time supporting our work to get books to children in hospital (believe us, they really needed their books this last year), all during the most challenging and demanding times education has ever seen (and let’s face it, you weren’t exactly twiddling your thumbs before all this).

We salute you! We appreciate you! And we wanted to thank you in a very special way this year. The Children’s Laureate, best-selling author, and creator of much-loved Toothless the dragon, also wants to thank you. She is on a mission to improve reading for pleasure, and you have supported this mission brilliantly.

If you have completed a Readathon between March 2020 and 14 June 2021, then you’re invited! Please save 9-9.45 am on 23 June 2021 for the event to be streamed to your school. If you haven’t received your invitation, please email

Your support has been vital, this year, more than most

As a charity, we of course have had a really difficult year – so many Readathons interrupted, delayed and cancelled. It’s had a real impact on our income, but our determined team has worked harder than ever to ensure we continued to support schools and hospitals in the best way possible. Our book deliveries to hospitals continued throughout the pandemic – and we know they were more important than ever.

“I just wanted to let you know how invaluable the Read for Good books have been during this lockdown period. Although we’re not working on the wards, we’re now operating a School Takeaway service from one of our classrooms – the play team share the menus and deliver the resources to the bedside from us. We’ve been sending a book to each child we work with, and have had some lovely feedback from parents and staff.

Parents aren’t allowed down to theatre with children at the moment, so a member of the play team has to accompany each child – one told us that yesterday she was able to read the Winnie the Witch book all the way to the theatre . . . a perfect distraction.”

Hospital teacher