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WIN a class set of books, complete this short Christmas Quiz

02 December 2014 at 12:38

In the spirit of Christmas (without Google) answer as many of the Christmas trivia questions to win a class set of books for your school

You could try running it with your class too. Send us as many entries as you can to be in with a better chance of winning. The winner (winning school) will be picked at random if there is more than one winner. 

1.     What is The Simpson’s pet greyhound called?

2.    London's Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is traditionally given by which country?

3.    What is New Year's Eve called in Scotland?

4.    Who wrote How the Grinch Stole Christmas?

5.    What is the surname of the family in the 1989 film 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation'?

6.    Driving Home For Christmas was a 1988 hit single for which singer?

7.    The surname Chandler derives from the making or selling of what?

8.    What is the name of the Pumpkin King in the Disney movie The Nightmare before Christmas?

9.    The Latin word meaning 'coming' gave us what term which still refers to the coming Christmas period, and also to a particular tradition popular with children?

10.  Who wrote ‘Twas the night before Christmas’?

11.    What was the name of the little boy in Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol who said: "Merry Christmas, one and all!"?

Click here to print out a word version of the quiz

Send your entries by Friday 12th December 2014 to: fay@readathon.org or post them to:

Christmas Quiz, Readathon, 26 Nailsworth Mills, Nailsworth, GL6 OBS

Winners will be notified by Wednesday 17th December.

Merry Christmas from all at Readathon. 

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'When You Can Read' a poem by Nimra Aged 7

02 December 2014 at 12:03

 

We love this poem written by Nimra, aged 7. 

  

 

"My daughter Nimra became   particularly engaged in reading   after Readathon was introduced to her in February this year. Since, Nimra's reading has gone from strength to strength and she has developed a real passion for reading."

 Sumeera, Proud Mum

 

Tags: Poem | reading for pleasure | Readathon | Nimra

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Winning School announced in David Logan, The League of Sharks School Review Project

29 April 2014 at 16:54

We’re delighted to announce the winning school in the prize draw held as part of our project to collect reviews of David Logan’s latest novel, The League of Sharks. Thank you to all schools that sent in their reviews. We had over 70 schools participate and over 2,300 reviews.

The winning school was selected at random by the publisher Quercus.

Congratulations to Sullivan Upper School, Holywood, Co Down, Northern Ireland. Well done to all pupils who took part and of course Clare Dorman for organising and submitting all these wonderful reviews for the author and publisher to read. In the last 3 years Sullivan Upper School has raised over £4,000 by running Readathon.

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

If you haven't yet read David Logan’s latest novel The League of Sharks perhaps the below reviews will tempt you do so. 

Legue of Sharks reviews

More reviews

Would you like to take part in review exercises like this in the future?

Our friends in publishing often ask us to send out free review copies of extracts and samples of new books to schools that have 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.


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Readathon photo competition winner(S) announced!

29 April 2014 at 10:08

Firstly, thank you to all schools that took part in our Readathon photo competition. Every entry we received brought a smile to our face and many of your photos now decorate our office walls.

We asked you to send us a photo that showed off Readathon at-its-best in your school. We had so many entries that we decided to split them into primary and secondary categories and select one winner from each category.

I’m pleased to announce that the winner in the Primary School category is…..

Cumbernauld Primary School, Glasgow


And the winner in the secondary category is….

The Commonweal School, Swindon

Winners will be contacted and sent their prizes.

Thank you for your entries. We hope you enjoyed taking part in this competition as much as we enjoyed looking at your Readathon photos! 


 


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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.

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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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