Tag: storyteller

An Ode to our Storytellers

Group Storytellers

Here’s to our folks who tell the tales,From robot gardeners to hypnotic whales, From Truro up to Aberdeen,These are superheroes in orange that can be seen, With guitars, story dice, bags of tricks,From hundreds of stories you can pick, Ghost stories, poems, and lots more aside,All shared at a hospital bedside, Give three cheers for […]

Specialist Learning Mentor Harry Hawcroft from Leeds Children’s Hospital shares his thoughts on Read for Good’s hospital programme

Storyteller Amanda and Specialist Learning Mentor Harry and the Read for Good bookcase

Although I’ve only recently started working as a Specialist Learning Mentor at Leeds Children’s Hospital, it’s extremely evident how beneficial the partnership with Read for Good is for both patients and their families during the time they are here. By providing a diverse range of books that children get to read and keep, young patients’ […]

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, […]

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! […]

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 […]

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 […]

Carmel Herrick, the School Room Team Manager at Gloucester Royal Hospital School reflects on the impact Read for Good’s hospital programme has on the children’s ward.

Read for Good's mobile bookcase

The Read for Good bookcase has been on the Children’s Ward for four years and is enjoyed and appreciated by young people, parents, medical staff and definitely the teachers. As we wheel it around the ward, families’ eyes light up as they spot the range of books. Parents spot books they loved as children and […]

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 […]

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 […]