Readathon to give books on World Book Night
Readathon is delighted to have been chosen as one of World Book Night's first ever institutional book givers.
World Book Day or World Book Night?
Not to be confused with World Book Day, which specifically targets schoolchildren, World Book Night is a relatively new event, designed to turn people of all ages who do not habitually read for pleasure into enthusiastic leisure readers. It aims at eroding the shocking statistic that 1 in 3 households reportedly do not contain a book.
Sponsored by the BBC, the book trade and reading agencies, the organisers of World Book Night produce 400,000 copies of special edition paperbacks of popular books, chosen to appeal to a diverse potential audience. (Click here to see this year's list of 20 titles.)
How We Were Chosen As A Book Giver
The books are distributed free of charge by volunteers. Designated "book givers", these are keen readers who apply for the task by choosing one of the 20 titles and explaining how they would distribute free copies to reluctant readers. Successful applicants collect 20 copies of their selected World Book Night title from their preferred local bookshop or library.
This year, for the first time, institutions have been allowed to apply to become book givers. Readathon's application was approved, and so on 23rd April, we will be distributing 20 copies of Robert Louis Stevenson's seminal pirate adventure Treasure Island to reluctant young readers whose attitude to reading could be transformed by the gift of a brand new book of their own.
We will connect with eligible young people via the nationwide network of schools who run our Readathon sponsored read. If you are a teacher or librarian with a pupil who you think would benefit from a free copy of Treasure Island, please contact us as soon as possible.