The Leicester Readathon 2023!

27 February to 10 March 2023

The Leicester Readathon 2023 is a free, fun-filled fortnight of events focused on reading for pleasure, reaching across Leicester and run in partnership by Read for Good and the Leicester Schools’ Initiative Whatever it Takes. 50 schools (and counting!) have signed up to take part around World Book Day 2023 this year. 

There are lots of fun ways to get involved!

Join as many activities as you like…

  • Half A Million Minutes Track My Read® Challenge – sign your school up to make sure your reading counts
  • Collective Readathon® order your free kit to join Leicester pupils reading and helping get books to children in hospital 
  • Join our inspiring author events – Michael Morpurgo, Sarah McIntryre and Emma Carroll will inspire your pupils
  • #DEARLeicester – Drop Everything and Read at 10am on 28 Feb
  • #DEALLeicester – Drop Everything and Listen at 10am on 7 March
  • Free Brilliant Book Boxes – apply to be one of 30 schools in Leicester to receive books

Schools who’ve signed up to run Readathon, your Readathon resource kit will be arriving on Monday 13th February!

Need more inspiration? Listen to a special message from Wilf Merttens, our storyteller at Leicester Children’s Hospital, and sign up below!

PLUS, Leicester readers will be continually cheered on as they read for fun by lots of amazing authors, and follow, like, share and comment on our social media as we build a buzz about reading for pleasure, books and stories!

Use the hashtags, #LeicesterReadathon2023#DEARLeicester2023#DEALLeicester2023#HalfAMillionMinutes#KeepReadingLeicester.

Any questions? Just email or call Holly at Read for Good on 01453 839005.

And to help you get started, download our fabulous reading for pleasure events poster to help spark your pupils’ excitement in reading as we build up to the Leicester Readathon 2023, and display our Save the Date poster around your school or setting.

Click here for a DEAR poster
Click here for a downloadable poster
Click here for a Readathon overview
Click here for a downloadable overview
Click here for a downloadable calendar

Support from Authors and Illustrators!

Amanda’s Story for our ‘Drop Everything and Listen’

Amanda Smith is a Read for Good hospital storyteller. In this story, Amanda shares a traditional West African Anansi tale. The story is perfect for early years and KS1, but older children may also find lots of joy in it.

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