#DEARLiverpool 2021

Uniting 12,359 children across Liverpool to drop everything and read for March 2021 World Book Day.

Schools across Liverpool collectively read for (at least) 185,385 minutes this March in the midst of a national lockdown as part of our long-term campaign with the Liverpool Learning Partnership.

The fourth annual 2021 Liverpool Readathon was postponed due to the pandemic, instead we decided to bring much-needed escape and a bit of peace across the city by challenging pupils to read whatever they liked for at least 10 minutes at 10am on World Book Day. Many took to social media to share their experience. #DEARLiverpool

As concern mounts about the effect of the global pandemic on children’s mental health and education, a simple message underpins our campaign:

“If children can only do one thing during lockdown: they should read for fun. Loving reading is a more powerful indicator of future life achievement than your parents’ education or your socio-economic background; it’s that transformative! Reading also reduces stress and builds empathy and of course, children right now need that escape into other worlds,” said Read for Good chief executive, Justine Daniels.

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