Tag: librarian

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 […]

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 […]

Willingdon Community School students let their imaginations run riot to raise money for Readathon and to celebrate books!

Willingdon Community School

We are a group of 19 Literacy students at Willingdon Community School in Eastbourne who have participated in Readathon for the first time this year. We had three main aims from this project: raise money for Readathon, encourage ourselves to read for enjoyment outside of school and to inspire other students to read. The freeing […]

Shhhh, we have made it to to the end of term! Readathon Social Media Co-ordinator, Jo, reflects on a busy term at Readathon HQ.

Spring term has always been the busiest on our calendar but this year more than ever it has been a joy to engage online with our schools, libraries, teachers, authors, partners and even a Hollywood Movie Producer (of Despicable Me fame), John Cohen (OK, it was one retweet – but, you know, WOW!).  From photos […]

A Book is a Book (In praise of the Argos Catalogue) Former Readathon employee turned author Debbie Young is inspired by unusual World Book Day choices!

Debbie at BBC Radio Gloucestershire

Wacky fancy dress costumes quickly go viral on World Book Day, and this year a boy dressed as the Argos catalogue hit the headlines. “Well, it is his favourite book,” tweeted his mum, Vicki Bowles. While some commentators sniffed disapproval, the story will have resonated with any parents who’ve ever had an Argos catalogue in […]

Wilmington Grammar School for Boys get their bookbuzz with Readathon!

Wilmington Grammar School for Boys

Hi, I’m the librarian in Wilmington Grammar School for Boys and I have been running Readathon for a number of years now. Each year has got progressively better in terms of involvement and money raised through introducing an element of competition. This year has been the best yet, raising in the region of £2,700! Readathon […]

To celebrate National Storytelling Week, Readathon storyteller Jen Lunn shares the magic of storytelling for children in hospital.

Me – “Can you see what it says on the back of my t-shirt?” Child – “I’m a Readathon Storyteller” Me – “Yeah. The thing is… I’m a bit of a cheat.” Intrigued look from child. Me – “You see, I’m actually a story collector.” I have been pushing my wonderful mobile bookcases of Readathon […]

A-Level student and bookworm Holly Mc Sweeny explains how a passion for reading led her first to work experience and then to a volunteer post at Readathon

Stroud High School

My name is Holly McSweeney. I am currently studying for A levels and I am also a profound book lover. Recently I had to find somewhere to spend my work experience week, and searched for weeks for something I would enjoy that was linked to my love of English and reading.  When I stumbled across […]

Listen up teachers! Our resident part-time primary teacher Lucy has come up with some inspiring ideas on how to make Readathon lighten your load!

Children reading

I’m a part time primary teacher and I spend a couple of days a week working at Readathon, which is great because I’m able to put my knowledge of life in the classroom to good use! I know all too well how a teacher’s time is stretched by government and school demands, and having run […]