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Small School Does Great Things

28 May 2012 at 13:27

Photo of The Trossachs Primary School, ScotlandTrossachs Primary School in Brig O'Turk, Scotland, is proof that you don't have to be a big school to do great things! With just 4 pupils on the roll, it has run a very successful Readathon sponsored read, with each pupil pledging to read "as many books as I can in three weeks!"

Between them they have raised an amazing £110, which will help make life better for seriously ill children. Well done!

No school is too small to take part in a Readathon sponsored read - or too big, either! To order our free resource pack for your school, please click here.

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Children Invited to Enter New Writing Competition

24 May 2012 at 11:45

We're pleased to invite all Readathon supporters to enter a new writing competition organised by HarperCollins, publisher of Sarah Lean's amazing debut novel, "A dog called Homeless", about love, loss and the extraordinary connection between a girl and a very special dog:

Book cover of A dog called Homeless‘My name is Cally Louise Fisher and I haven't spoken for thirty-one days. Talking doesn’t always make things happen, however much you want it to...’

Cally Fisher saw her mum bright and real and alive. But no one believes her, so Cally’s stopped talking. A mysterious wolfhound always seems to be there when her mum appears and now he’s started following her everywhere. But how can Cally convince anyone that Mum is still with them, or persuade Dad that the huge silver-grey dog is their last link with her?

What would you do if you had something important to say - but couldn’t find a way to say it? If you could tell a story about your favourite pet – like Cally’s – what would it be? It can be your dog, or an animal that belongs to one of your family or friends. Just tell us your story in 500 words or less, and you could be in with the chance of winning one of three iPod Touches and having your story published on the book's official website:!

To enter, simply head over here to email your story to HarperCollins before the closing date of 30th July 2012. 

Good luck!

Tags: harpercollins | sarah lean | writing

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Year 7 Students Read Stacks For Readathon

02 May 2012 at 10:22

Photo of Y7 girl reader at The Hayling CollegeYear 7 students at The Hayling College, Hampshire, are having a great time with their first ever Readathon, launched on World Book Day (1st March). So far the 104 pupils have read 423 books, racking up over £1,000 in sponsorship pledges and earning £200 worth of free books for their school library.

The keenest reader, pictured here, has read an astonishing 38 books, ranging from abridged Shakespeare to Anthony Horowitz. She said: "I read all the time but now there’s even more reason because it’s helping to raise money for charity."

Even relucatant readers have been transformed into bookworms by the buzz of Readathon. Said one: ‘I’d never read, but I made an effort as it was for charity – now I can’t stop reading."

All the children have twice weekly 25-minute sessions to read towards their Readathon challenge as well as an hour every fortnight, but they are all making their own time to get ahead.  

"Our pupils have adored the challenge of Readathon," says Lorraine Corram, Head of English at The Hayling College. "This is the first year we have participated, and we have had such an amazing response."

(Photo by kind courtesy of The News, Portsmouth)

Tags: Readathon | reluctant readers | Hampshire | Portsmouth | Hayling College

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Schools Use Readathon to Shadow Carnegie Medals

01 May 2012 at 12:31

Logo for CILIP book awardsWith the shortlist for the 2012 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Book Awards recently announced, many schools are following the Awards process via the scheme's excellent shadowing site.

Some schools are using the Awards as the theme for their annual Readathon sponsored read. At least one, Ranelagh School, had the foresight to save the free book vouchers they earned with their previous Readathon to buy copies of the shortlisted books for their school library. (Readathon schools earn free book vouchers worth 20% of their Readathon sponsorship money.)

Both medals are awarded annually by children's librarians at CILIP (The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals). 

  • The Carnegie Medal is awarded for an outstanding book for children and young people. (see shortlist)
  • The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded for an outstanding illustration of a book for children and young people. (see shortlist)

With the winners due to be announced at 1pm on 14 June, there's still plenty of time (including half term) to get pupils reading these fabulous books. They can review the books and choose their favourites – and maybe they'll predict the real winners!

If you'd like to shadow the Awards via a Readathon, please click here to order your free Readathon resource pack which should arrive within 5 working days.


Tags: CILIP | Carnegie Children's Book Award | Kate Greenaway Children's Book Award | 2012

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