READ Gloucestershire!

Between January and July 2021, we want as many schools as possible taking part in READ Gloucestershire! Pupils in Gloucestershire will be reading for fun – united in a shared purpose to help their school, to help children in hospital, and to help themselves. Will you join us?

Whether it’s running our Readathon, Dropping Everything to Read or joining one of our author events, there are lots of ways to get involved in our celebration of reading. And all schools who are part of Read Gloucestershire! will be automatically entered into free prize draws to win bookish goodies!

When your school signs up to the READ Gloucestershire! campaign, you’ll get:

  • Access to monthly virtual events with authors, illustrators, and storytellers
  • Everything you need to “Drop Everything and Read” with your pupils on the last Friday of each month
  • Entry into monthly prize draws for free books, comics, and great reading resources
  • The chance to unite with others across Gloucestershire to read one million minutes by July! 

Drop Everything and Read!

We’re asking all Gloucestershire schools to “Drop Everything and Read” on the last Friday of each month. It’s a great way to make reading for pleasure fun, creating a real buzz and involving all staff and children.

Agree the time and dates with your SLT, tell pupils and parents and then when the time comes, ring a bell or make an announcement via online lessons, and get everyone reading.

For more information, and to tell us that you’re taking part, click here

Post photos of the fun using #DEARGlos. As well as resources, we’ll be supporting your DEAR with fabulous author events. 

Authors and illustrator events

We’re inviting schools (and pupils at home) to join our fabulous author events.

Starting on 29 January, we  have a dazzling array of wonderful authors and illustrators talking about reading, and answering your pupils’ questions. There’s something for everyone, and all ages. 

These authors will inspire and delight children, whether at home or at school.

Click here for details of the authors and illustrators featured and how to get involved. 

Run Readathon

We want as many schools as possible running Readathon – our fabulous sponsored read, proven over decades to be an effective way to get pupils reading for pleasure.

Join us in March to run Readathon around World Book Day. You can run it with pupils at home or at school, and it’s a great way to bring pupils together in a shared purpose. Click here for more info

All schools can use our brand new TRACK MY READ, engaging pupils in reading and giving schools loads of insights about what they choose to read.

Getting books to children in hospital

And all the while, you’ll be helping support our fabulous work at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital – bringing books and stories to children who really need them.

Here’s our very own Read for Good Storyteller, Michael Loader, who regularly cheers children up in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital:

Storyteller Michael Loader wants to tell you about the launch of READ Gloucestershire! from Read for Good on Vimeo.

Download and share our posters


READ Gloucestershire! is run by Read for Good with support from Gloucestershire Libraries, Gloucestershire Community Foundation, Hitchins Family Trust, John Lewis & Partners, Cheltenham, World Book Day and Read With Me. Partners can find resources here.