READ Gloucestershire! 2024

READ Gloucestershire! is Read for Good’s Gloucestershire-wide campaign, bringing together local and national partners to inspire, empower and enable children and young people across Gloucestershire to read for pleasure, providing accessible support throughout the school year.

Following last year’s fabulous 1 Million Minute challenge, Andy Seed author events and our transformative library makeovers, this year, we are offering schools the chance for more free books, library suport and author events, to help you establish and maintain a reading for pleasure culture in your school.

  • Sign up for a free Readathon kit to join our Readathon Summer Party on Tuesday 25 June – an online event for pupils, celebrating all things reading for pleasure! Watch this space for our exciting line up of authors and illustrators!
  • In-person author events – we are offering 20 schools a free in-person author visit to their school
  • Library kickstarter – we are offering 20 schools a Library Kickstarter package of books and pragmatic advice on how to make the most of your school’s book space
  • In partnership with National Book Tokens, we are giving selected schools a chance to increase book ownership among their pupils

If you are interested in receiving support from Read for Good in the future, please complete our quick Expression of Interest form. Schools will be selected based on need and ability to support the package.

As well as these bespoke activities for Gloucestershire, we have a huge range of free resources, tools and activities to support a reading for pleasure culture in your school.

Get pupils excited about reading with Readathon
Apply for one of our Brilliant Boxes of Books
Run Track My Read (think Strava for reading!)

Make sure you receive our emails for resources, author events and MORE!

Resources to download and share across your entire school!


Click here to catch up on the previous READ Gloucestershire! events and Read for Good’s range of national events, which you can watch whenever you like.

More useful reading initiatives to explore…

We highly recommend layering your READ Gloucestershire! activities with the fabulous reading offers from other brilliant Gloucestershire-based charities.

Read With Me

Through its fantastic, free volunteer service, Read With Me provides one-to-one support in primary schools to help every child learn to read well before they go to secondary school and take a full part in education. Read With Me works as an extension of its partner schools: volunteers can come into your school at a time to suit you, working with your reading scheme and any initiatives, they hear each child for 10-15 minutes, twice a week. Read With Me can also provide additional books for reading reward schemes, and can top up class book collections. In some schools, Read With Me runs Rhyme With Me sessions for pre-schoolers as well as after school book clubs. If you’d like Read With Me to support your school get in touch with Founder, Linda Cohen, linda@readwithme.org.uk or read more here.

Cheltenham Festivals, Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils

Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils is a national network of teachers’ reading groups who read high-quality and diverse children’s literature in order to ignite the spark of reading for pleasure in teachers and, through them, their pupils. Teachers sign up for an academic year and attend a launch, five book groups and a Sharing Day between Oct — June. Teachers receive two free copies of the RTRP books, one for them and one for their school. The books are chosen by an expert panel and consist of three contemporary texts (published in the last two years), one anytime text an one picture book or graphic novel. Find your nearest group and more information here, or email education@cheltenhamfestivals.com.

If you are already part of RTRP, and/or if your students benefit from Read With Me’s volunteers, get in touch with us to see how Read for Good’s READ Gloucestershire! activities can complement this support, to nurture a whole-school culture which celebrates reading for pleasure.


*If you already receive our READ Gloucestershire! emails, you don’t need to sign up again.

With many thanks to Jennifer Hayward and Richard Waite, and The Notgrove Trust, for supporting READ Gloucestershire.