Welcome to Read for Good's blog.

Here you'll find a treasure chest of ideas, musings and inspiration from some of the people who experience Read for Good: from schools running our Readathon, to children in hospital discovering our books and storytellers.

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Happy reading!

Fresh from a sell-out session for schools at The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, Read for Good Storyteller Wilf Merttens shares some of his ‘Storytelling Secrets of The Universe’!

Wilf at Cheltenham

What did you do last Tuesday? I co-wrote an epic legend with approximately three hundred and fifty 5-7yr olds. They were an uncommonly enthusiastic and talented hoard, my collaborators. Our collective efforts took place in a workshop entitled Storytelling Secrets of the Universe as part of the schools programme at the prestigious Cheltenham Literature Festival, […]

Intrepid interviewer Toby Ringland, age 7, delves into the detective life of Rory Branagan with author Andrew Clover

Toby reading Rory Branagan

Toby: How did you have the idea for Rory Branagan – a boy who becomes a detective? Rory: I got chicken pox when I was seven, and spent two glorious weeks reading The Secret Seven, and always wanted to write about a child who becomes a detective, but wanted the stories to be faster and […]

Little Legends Author/ Illustrator Tom Percival – who will headline our Leicester city-wide Readathon this Autumn- explains why he loves creating stories for children and feels so passionately about promoting reading for pleasure

Tom Percival, Author and Illustrator

I always struggle when trying to start writing a blog post for someone else. After all, it’s not my blog that the post will appear on, so there needs to be some sort of an introduction—but it’s very easy to slip in to Troy McClure from the Simpsons mode and say, ‘Hi, I’m Tom Percival! […]

Aside from fundraising and running Read for Good’s social media, Jo Jeffery is helping her transitioning tween daughter Emily to seek comfort from a summer reading list

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” Charles William Eliot The last term of the final year of primary school comes with triumph and trepidation, exhaustion and excitement in equal measure. After two eye opening transition days for […]

Kate Powling Director of the Siobhan Dowd Trust, shares why the Trust has chosen to support Read for Good’s hospital programme for the last six years.

Storyteller Steve Lally with patient

The Trust was set up by the childrens’ and young adults’ author Siobhan Dowd, who in the last days of her life established a trust to use the income from her writing to fund reading projects for disadvantaged young people. Or – as the Trust mission statement goes – to provide books for the children […]

Beyond the page – Abbie from Listening Books tells us how an abundance of audiobooks can provide children with a wonderful escape

Listening Books

Stories can provide a wonderful escape from scary things in life. As Roald Dahl wrote in Matilda: ‘books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.’ But, for children staying in a hospital, often in pain or discomfort, how do they get all these amazing benefits of stories? That’s where Listening Books […]

Who needs sleep when you can read? Jimmy from NorthGate High School in Dereham tells us about their 24 hr Readathon!

As part of our World Book Day celebrations, we held a 24 hour Readathon and library sleepover in the Learning Hub. 24 pupils from years 7-9 and 4 members of staff took part in the Readathon and had a variety of reasons for signing up- Sam, who read 2 books during it, had some books […]

For more than 30 years we’ve been motivating gazillions of individual schools to read for fun through our Readathon. External Relations Manager, Annie Smith explains how we now want multiple schools to join forces to unleash its power across whole communities.

External Relations Manager, Annie Smith

From the world’s biggest coke-mentos demonstration to the largest number of people dressed as Smurfs, mass participation events are all the rage. So how about a mass Readathon? We know that our sponsored read has worked beautifully in individual schools for whole generations. Schools that run it are already part of a glorious loop of […]

Pupils from Mab Lane Primary School excitedly regale their Liverpool Readathon experience

Mab Lane Primary

Here at Mab Lane we were excited to take part in the first Liverpool-wide Readathon which ran during last year’s National Libraries Week. We all love reading! Our teachers chose really fun books to share with us that make us excited to do our work. Year 5 read Cosmic, by Frank Cottrell Boyce which is […]

For Cherry Land our Operations Manager, this Christmas, the spirit of giving and receiving will have a special significance.

I’ve always been a big fan of Christmas – the twinkly lights, mince pies, mulled wine and hours watching films and playing Lego at home with my family, have been what makes it for me. But more recently, it’s been at work, in my job as Operations Manager at Read for Good, that Christmas has […]