Run Readathon remotely

It’s our belief that reading for pleasure plays a really important role in helping our young people to recover from the unquantified impact of COVID-19 on their education, social development, mental health and well-being. We believe that Readathon may help school communities come together, united in a common purpose supporting children in hospital, which at the same aids their own pupils’ recovery.

You can run Readathon remotely with your pupils – and we are providing lots of tools to help you do just that.

Set your reading challenge

Set a start and finish date for your Readathon – 2 to 4 weeks generally works well. Let staff, pupils and parents know about Readathon.


Use our new digital tool that encourages children to read more, and more often, and provides insights as to how pupils read, what they read, for how long and whether they enjoyed it or not. We believe this could transform how you monitor and assess your pupil’s reading behaviours.

Share our downloadable sponsor form

It doesn’t matter how much a pupil raises, but raising money to help children in hospital provides the all-important extrinsic motivation to get reading. Use our downloadable version

Help pupils understand why reading is important

Help pupils understand why reading matters – for them and for others. Share our PRIMARY or SECONDARY films with pupils and parents.

Share our pick of the best resources out there

There are loads of free, and really good quality resources out there – from stories being read by Hollywood A listers, to learning how to draw with Rob Biddulph. We’ve curated our pick of the crop for you to share with pupils. 

You’ll get free books for your school

You’ll get free books for your school worth 20% of whatever pupils raise – and we know books are needed more than ever at the moment. We’ll send you a voucher to spend at Scholastic Book Clubs – you can use Track My Read to inform your choices!

You’ll also get £10 worth of National Book Tokens to reward star pupils.