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Send us your Readathon photo to WIN a variety of books for your school library

24 February 2015 at 12:19


For your chance to WIN a variety of books for your school library (50 books) 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 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. We’ll select two winning photos at random from KS1/KS2 (junior) and KS3 (secondary) categories. This free prize draw is open to all Readathon participating schools and you can enter as many photos as you like.

All entries to be received by Friday 1st May 2015. 

Good Luck!

For inspiration here’s a reminder of last year’s winners!

Cumbernauld Primary School, G68 0EL

Cumbernauld Primary School

The Commonwheel, Swindon

The Commonwheel School, Swindon

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Closing date to receive photos: Friday 1st May 2015. All photos received will be entered into a free prize draw to win a variety of age relevant books (maximum 50). The winning entries will be drawn at random after the closing date and the schools will be notified by Friday 8.5.15. All photos received are the property of Readathon and may be used by us in full or in part for future marketing materials, so please ensure you have followed your school's photo permission policy before submitting your entries. Your school may also be named.

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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 to give books on World Book Night

26 February 2013 at 10:08

World Book Night 2013 logoReadathon 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

Cover of World Book Night 2013 edition of Treasure Island by Robert Louis StevensonThe 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. 

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PTAs Love Readathon!

26 January 2012 at 10:09

Cover and pages from PTA UK magazine feature on readingThe Spring 2012 issue of PTA-UK magazine highlights Readathon as an ideal, easy-to-run project for PTAs.  

Some of the Readathon offce team are PTA members for their children's schools, so we know just how valuable these organisations are!

Although most schools' Readathons are run by teachers, we welcome applications from PTA volunteers who are helping to promote literacy or organising PSHE-related activities. A Readathon is also a great way to acquire new books for the school library without using the school budget or PTA funds.

Readathon is suitable for children of all ages, so whether your PTA is associated with a primary school or a secondary school, we'll be pleased to hear from you.

PTA-UK is the national charity representing over 13,600 PTAs across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Tags: PTA | library | books | PHSE | free

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Readathon founder launches Hawkesbury Primary School's sponsored read

27 September 2011 at 12:47

Brough Girling launches Readathon at Hawkesbury Primary SchoolHawkesbury Primary School in South Gloucestershire enjoyed a memorable launch for its recent Readathon with a visit from the charity’s founder and children’s author, Brough Girling.

Brough spent time in each classroom, reading stories, telling jokes and answering their questions about what it’s like to write books.  

In assembly, Brough entertained staff and children alike with anecdotes about his friend Roald Dahl, Readathon’s first chairman. The children were particularly intrigued by Dahl’s boyhood encounter with Beatrix Potter.

“The free books from Readathon are especially welcome as we are working hard to expand and modernize our Infant and Junior Libraries in the face of substantial budget cuts,” says Mrs Louise Lewis, Head Teacher.

“We are also keen to demonstrate to our pupils that reading and writing are lifelong pleasures of equal interest and value to boys and girls, so a visit by a male author was really constructive. We love supporting children’s charities too.

“I recommend Readathon to any school that wants to enthuse their pupils about reading, to build their library stocks and to find a different way of raising money for charity. With Readathon, everybody wins.”

Brough Girling also enjoyed his visit.

“What a lovely village school!” he remarked.

“The wonderful thing about schools and young people, is that even in today’s economic climate, they are still eager to raise money for those less fortunate than themselves,” he says. 

Tags: Readathon | primary school | reading | boys reading | sponsored read

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Readathon gives free books to schools worth over £100,000

10 August 2011 at 15:59

Primary school children enjoy their school libraryReadathon, in partnership with Scholastic Book Clubs, has given over £100,000 worth of free books to its participating schools this year. 

As school budgets come under increasing pressure, and libraries across the country face closure, the new offer of free books to schools taking part in Readathon could not have come at a better time. 

In league with Scholastic Book Clubs, we have helped schools get the latest titles, providing even more reading opportunities for children.

Happy reading, everyone! 

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