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!

To celebrate International Women’s Day Little People, Big Dreams author Maria Isabel Sánchez Vergara shares with us her love of reading and explains why, as her first books about men are published this spring, she chose to write the first books in the series about strong, brave women

Isabel Sánchez Vergara

Hola! My name is Maria Isabel Sánchez Vergara… (but you can call me Isa!) and I’m the author and creator of the Little People, Big Dreams series. I was born, and still live, in Barcelona, Spain, and I have always loved reading! I thought I could tell you a little bit about myself, and my […]

Freya aged 8 tells us how winning a visit from Tom Gates author Liz Pichon to her school has motivated her to keep reading and to start her own online book review!

Freya aged 8 tells us how winning a visit from Tom Gates author Liz Pichon to her school has motivated her to keep reading and to start her own online book review!

Dawn Greenall, Librarian at Churcher’s College in Petersfield tells how she created a Spooktaulcar Haunted Library for a Halloween Readathon! Take note for next year!

Dawn Greenall, Librarian at Churcher’s College

When we canvassed our Library regulars here at Churcher’s College in Petersfield to find out how they wanted to celebrate Halloween this year, there was only one answer – a Haunted Library! Read for Good seemed the most fitting charity for the library to support with this fun event. We spent the morning hanging heavy […]

Adam Baron, Author of ‘Boy, Underwater’ tells us how a workshop to inspire students taking part in the 2018 Leicester City Readathon inspired him too.

Adam Baron

I was delighted to be asked by Read For Good and Leicester-based literacy initiative Whatever it Takes to run workshops for 250 pupils at Leicester Racecourse and for one prize-winning school, Judgemeadow Community College. The plan was to cheer on students taking part in the Leicester city Readathon- a celebration of reading from 1st-12th October […]

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 […]