Liverpool reads for 2 million minutes!

Our long-running campaign with the Liverpool Learning Partnership saw some 30,000 children across almost 100 schools come together under the umbrella of the fourth Liverpool Readathon, which ran from 28 February to 11 March and incorporated World Book Day on the first Thursday.

New for 2022 was a Two Million Minute Track My Read Challenge, alongside a citywide Drop Everything and Read (#DEARLiverpool) and author events with Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre and Emma Carroll. And Liverpool smashed it! Children across the city read for a stunning 2,038,715 minutes – the equivalent of just under four years of non-stop reading.  Two schools received a £250 National Book Token for logging the most minutes and sessions per pupil:

Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School & St Hilda’s CE Catholic High School! 

Arnot St Mary C of E Primary School and Broughton Hall High School both received £100 in National Book Tokens too to boost their respective school libraries as this year’s runners-up.*  Every school who logged minutes was awarded a £10 National Book Token for their star reader. 

With funding for the event from several Foundations including Granada, Pilkington and E L Rathbone, ​we also distributed some £18,000 of brand new books.​

Reading Coordinator at the Liverpool Learning Partnership, Jenny Holder said: “We love seeing the creative ways that busy schools showcase all that they do to support their children in becoming lifelong readers. The Liverpool Readathon motivates even reluctant readers to give reading a go, gets books to disadvantaged children – who are experiencing real book poverty – and unites the community.”

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