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£25 million in 30 years...THANK YOU!

01 April 2014 at 10:51

For once numbers speak louder than words.

Since 1984, thanks to you, Readathon has raised over £25 million for seriously ill children in the UK, and has encouraged millions of children to read.

To celebrate this milestone and to thank you – our loyal Readathon schools; we've produced a one-off biscuit tin and teamed up with our friends Fox’s to fill it with yummy biscuits. We hope you cherish this unique biscuit tin for years to come, as a reminder of the difference you have made to the lives of many children.

So, put the kettle on, sit back and relax and enjoy a yummy biscuit and a cuppa. You deserve it. 

Thank you for running Readathon – keep up the good work. 

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Send us a Readathon photo to WIN a class set of books

26 February 2014 at 09:48

For your chance to win a class set of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief or Steve Backshall’s Deadly 60 2014 Annual send us a photo that best captures your school’s Readathon. Pupils reading in unusual places, reading trees, piles of books – whatever snaps you take we’d love to see them! Tweet, facebook or email your entries to reading@readathon.org or you can post your photos to Readathon, Nailsworth Mills, Avening Road, Nailsworth, GL6 0BS with your school’s name and post code on the back. Winners will be drawn at random and this free prize draw is open to all Readathon participating schools.

All entries to be received by Friday 4th April.

Good Luck!

PRIZE

Deadly 60 2014 Annual by Steve Backshall (50 copies maximum)

 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (50 copies maximum)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS Closing date to receive photos: Friday 4th April 2014. All photos received will be entered into a draw to win a class set (maximum 50) copies of The Book Thief OR Steve Backshall's Deadly 60 2014 Annual. The winning entry will be drawn at random after the closing date and the school will be notified by 28.4.14. All photos received are the property of Readathon and may be used by them in full or in part.  The school may also be named.

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Winning School Announced in Piers Torday, The Last Wild School Review Project

29 January 2014 at 16:21

We’re delighted to announce the winning school in the prize draw held as part of our project to collect reviews of Piers Torday’s latest novel, The Last Wild. With over 70 schools participating and 1500 reviews received it really was a case of luck of the
draw. The winning school chosen was The Corbet School, Baschurch, Shrewsbury. Congratulations to all pupils in year 7 who took part and of course Carole Fry for organising and submitting all these wonderful reviews for the author and publisher to read.

Author of The Last Wild Piers Torday extends his thanks to all the participating schools.

“I have been blown away by the wonderful responses to THE LAST WILD from all the schools involved in the Readathon campaign. Thank you.
I’m thrilled teachers and pupils enjoyed the book, and extremely proud to
support this great scheme that brings the joy of reading alive for so many
young people across the country.”

As the winning school The Corbet School will be sent £500 worth of books for all their pupils to enjoy!

If you haven't yet read Piers Torday’s The Last Wild, and would like to find out more visit his official author website.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE PART IN FUTURE
PROJECTS LIKE THIS?
Our friends in publishing often ask us to
send out free review copies of extracts and samples of new books to schools who
run Readathon sponsored reads. If you are a participating Readathon school and
would like your school to be considered for one of our future review projects,
please email your contact name, email address, school name and school postcode
with "Readathon Review Club Application" in the subject line
to the
Readathon office.

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Winner announced in Jonathan Stroud School Review Project

15 January 2014 at 14:11

We're delighted to announce the winning school in the prize draw held last term as part of our project to collect reviews of Jonathan Stroud’s latest teen novel, The Screaming Staircase.

The winning review comes from Waldegrave School for Girls,Twickenham. One of the many reviews this school sent us was drawn at random from a heavy postbag of entries to win a free visit from Jonathan Stroud during the current academic year.

Clare Hetherington the school's Readathon organiser has been responsible for raising over £20,000 by running Readathon’s every year for nearly 15 years. As a loyal and committed bunch and on behalf of Readathon – thank you!

The Winning Review

The author of the winning review was Stella (11), and here's her brilliantly descriptive review:

“Unearthly, eerie and inexplicable are some of the words that may be going through your head as you gaze down at the terrifying cover of The Screaming Staircase.

Lucy Carlyle and Antony Lockwood, two young teenage ghostbusters are hunting for ghosts in a spooky and decrepit old house when a loud clatter comes from the old crooked stair case. But only one of the daring duo hears this strange, astonishing and petrifying noise. By this Lucy is reminded of the incident that occurred with the last residents and lead to a sad demise.

In this, the third book from Jonathan Stroud, and the first in a new mystery series. The two main characters Lucy, a focussed and determined young girl and Lockwood (Antony) continue together to undercover a new mystery. The contrast between the two works well and injects the story with humour and human interest. Stroud’s style is pacey, compelling and never doubts the readers intelligence and is so vivid that at times the reader struggles to distinguish between fantasy and reality.

This is a brilliant book and would be perfect for a lover of mysteries in year 7/8. It may even spook you into believing that ghosts really do live amongst us!”

If you haven't yet read Jonathan Stroud’s The Screaming Staircase, we bet Stella’s
review will make you want to read it now! Find out all about Jonathan Stroud
and other books in the series on his official author website.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE PART IN FUTURE PROJECTS LIKE THIS? Our friends in publishing often ask us to send out free review copies of extracts and samples of new books to schools who run Readathon sponsored reads. If you are a participating Readathon school and would like your school to be considered for one of our future review projects, please email your contact name, email address, school name and school postcode with "Readathon Review Club Application" in the subject line to the Readathon office.

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Winner Announced in Malorie Blackman Review Project

17 September 2013 at 12:15

Children's Laureate Malorie BlackmanWe're delighted to announce the winning school in the prize draw held last term as part of our project to collect reviews of Malorie Blackman's latest teen novel, Noble Conflict.

The winner is The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre in Dunmow, Essex. One of the many reviews this school sent us was drawn at random from a heavy postbag of entries to win a free school visit during the current academic year from the Children's Laureate.

The school's Readathon organiser was Learning Zone Manager Mrs Turner, who did a great job of spreading enthusiasm about Noble Conflict within school, and also read the book herself during the summer holidays, as did her own daughter.We think Mrs Turner is a great ambassador for reading!

Cover of teen novel Noble Conflict by Malorie BlackmanThe Winning Review

The author of the winning review was Sarah (12), and here's her eloquent review:

"Full of apocalyptic action, this ominous book is an explosive thriller. Kaspar Wilding has joined the Guardians, an organisation dedicated to fighting insurrection. As always, Malorie Blackman's work flows effortlessly with flashbacks placed strategically throughout. As Kaspar fights the subversive terrorists, the reader also ventures on a journey exploring literary dynamite. In my opinion, the book is a beacon of success for all aspiring novelists."

If you haven't yet read Malorie Blackman's Noble Conflict, we bet Sarah's review will make you want to read it now! Find out all about the Children's Laureate on her official author website.

LIKE TO TAKE PART IN FUTURE PROJECTS LIKE THIS? Our friends in publishing often ask us to send out free review copies of extracts and samples of new books to schools who run Readathon sponsored reads. If you would like your school to be considered for one a future review project, please email your contact name, email address, school name and school postcode with "Readathon Review Club Application" in the subject line to the Readathon office.

Tags: Malorie Blackman | Noble Conflict | Children's Laureate | school visit | book reviews | prize draw

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Great Readathon idea from St Joseph's Catholic College, Swindon

16 September 2013 at 09:36

The impressive modern library of St Joseph's College SwindonSt Joseph's Catholic College, a secondary school in Swindon, came up with a great idea to boost their recent Readathon: a "live reading exhibit" in the school library every lunchtime, featuring a member of staff reading aloud to anyone who came to listen. 

"We thought this was a great way to raise awareness of the school's Readathon and to remind pupils every single day that it was happening," says Justine Daniels, Readathon's CEO. "I'm sure that lots of other schools will love to follow suit!"

This was just one of the College's many effective Readathon ideas. Their fabulous team effort resulted in its Year 7 students (just over 200 pupils) reading a staggering 1,442 books and raising £981.52 for Readathon - an impressive achievement in just one month, during which the College Library experienced an amazing three-fold increase in lending, compared to the same period in the previous year.

Assistant Principal, Adrian Stoten, said of the event:

“The aim of the programme was to encourage every student in Year 7 to read for pleasure. No limits were set on what students should read, we just wanted them to realise that reading could be fun. We wanted students to get into good habits, such as visiting the College Library and reflecting on their reading, as well as wanting to help young people facing hardship. Readathon has managed to achieve both these aims and smashed the targets that we had set ourselves.”

Jessica, a pupil in Year 7, described what the students had got out of the month:

“For the Readathon challenge we had to read at least one book (or as many as you could) in a month, so we could raise money for charities that help seriously ill children. It is a good way to raise money and a good way for kids to get into reading; it will help us use the language from the books we have been reading in our own writing. I have read four books and am really pleased so far!”

Congratulations to St Joseph's Catholic College for a fantastic Readathon!

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Another Great Reason to Run a Readathon

12 September 2013 at 11:04

Mr Hall of East Boldon Primary School with his Readathon testimonialWhen Key Stage 2 teacher David Hall of East Boldon Primary School tweeted a picture of himself proudly holding up his testimonial, we thought we should share it, to remind our wonderful Readathon organisers realise that they will be getting this small token of our appreciation in their official Readathon Reward Pack.

The Readathon Reward Pack

Every school that sends us sponsorship money and sponsorship cards will receive a Readathon Reward Pack containing:

  • a Scholastic Books voucher worth 20% of the school's sponsorship money, for you to buy new books for your school library
  • a certificate for you to display showing your sponsorship total
  • a personalised testimonial certificate for the Readathon organiser
  • 2 x £5 book tokens to reward YOUR most deserving pupils
  • a registration card to order another pack for the next academic year

The 2 x £5 tokens are an added bonus for Readathons taking place in the academic year 2013-2014, thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens.

We aim to despatch each Readathon Reward Pack within three weeks of receipt of a school's donation, so if you've waiting longer than that for yours, please let us know and we'll investigate!

If you'd like a Readathon Resource Pack but haven't ordered yours yet for this academic year, you can do so now - either register on this website or call us on 0845 606 1151. 

Tags: East Boldon Primary School | David Hall | Key Stage 2 | Readathon | Reward Pack | incentive

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Chailey School Keeps Up Its Great Work for Readathon

20 June 2013 at 10:29

Chailey School's Y7 Readathon readersChailey School has just completed its ninth Readathon in a row, bringing its grand total of sponsorship over the years to nearly £2,500. 

13 students in Year 7 read 85 books and raised over £325 between them with just two weeks of simply reading for pleasure.

Chailey School's two top Y7 Readathon readersThe school gave prizes of boxes of chocolates for the pupil who read the most and the pupil who raised the most money, and all the students who took part were awarded official Readathon certificate.

"Chailey School is really pleased to be involved in this worthwhile annual event and are grateful to all the parents and community for their support," says Mrs Heather Duck, who has kindly organised the last seven of the school's Readathon.

Readathon is now an annual fixture in the Chailey School calendar - they've already ordered their free resource pack for Spring Term 2014!

Would you like to see your school's Readathon success story on this website? Just email your photos and brief details to Debbie at the Readathon office

Tags: reading | Readathon | reading for pleasure | fundraising | Chailey School | Sussex | secondary school | comprehensive school

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Talbot Heath School Celebrates Another Successful Readathon

18 June 2013 at 10:52

Top Readathon readers at Talboth Heath SchoolIn an aeroplane, on the beach, in the bath and even up a tree… the girls in Upper 3 at Talboth Heath School in Bournemouth have been reading at every opportunity to help raise as much money as possible for Readathon.

"The 43 girls in the year group read over 300 books between them and raised nearly £900," reports the school's official Readathon organiser, Claire Boyington. 

As always the English faculty recognized individual achievements by giving three kinds of award: best fundraising, most books read and most literary books read. Each prizewinner received a Waterstones token and a certificate. More information is available on their school website. 

Talbot Heath is an independent girls' school in Bournemouth, Dorset for primary and secondary pupils.

Related news:

Next academic year, Readathon will be providing two £5 book tokens to every school raising more than £50, thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens.

Tags: Bournemouth | Talbot Heath | school | reading | Readathon | read | books | secondary school | independent school | Dorset

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National Book Tokens Add Bonus to Every Readathon

07 June 2013 at 09:34

National Book Tokens logoNext academic year (2013-2014), National Book Tokens will be generously supporting Readathon by providing two £5 book tokens to every school that raises more than £50 with a Readathon sponsored read.

These tokens will be in addition to the Scholastic Book Clubs voucher currently granted to each school worth 20% of its total donation, to be used to purchase new books for the school.  

National Book Tokens to Reward Two Best Pupils

Each school's Readathon organiser should use these National Book tokens to reward the two pupils who are deemed to have made the best contribution to the school's Readathon sponsored read.

This doesn't necessarily mean the students who have raised the most money, as not all pupils have equal opportunities. Nor should the tokens be given automatically to the two children who have read the most books. For reluctant readers, reading a single book may be a greater achievement than reading 10 for an already avid reader. Readathon is not a competitive reading challenge - it is simply about reading for pleasure.

Instead teachers might reward the two pupils who: 

  • have the best attitude to reading
  • have the most improved attitude to reading
  • are the most helpful to the school's Readathon organiser
  • are the most supportive to reluctant readers or pupils who find reading challenging
  • share books with younger children to encourage them to read
  • devise the most interesting or original theme for their Readathon reading list

It will be interesting to see what creative uses schools make of their National Book Tokens.

Many Benefits of National Book Tokens

"We are absolutely delighted to receive this generous sponsorship from National Book Tokens, which will give teachers and librarians everywhere the chance to say a special thank you to exceptional Readathon readers," says Justine Daniels, Readathon's Executive Director. 

"We know that our Readathon organisers will already be aware of the universal appeal of National Book Tokens, not least because many of them already buy book tokens as Speech Day prizes.

"Just as we do, Readathon organisers will have fond memories of receiving National Book Tokens as children, recalling the pleasure, excitement and empowerment of being able to go into your local bookshop and choose a brand new book.

"Awarding National Book Tokens therefore seems the perfect way to reward Readathon's young reading stars. They will be very acceptable to pupils of all ages, in primary or secondary schools.

"We're thrilled also to have the opportunity to drive more children into high street booksellers. Independent bookshops play a significant part in encouraging children to love reading and so to accrue the many lifelong benefits that good reading habits bring to the individual - a message that is at the core of everything we do here at Readathon."

Tags: rewards | pupils | reluctant readers | primary | secondary | school | avid readers | students | children

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