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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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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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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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Visiting Dog Helps Children To Read

21 December 2012 at 10:27

Deborah and Pippa the dog from Dogs Helping KidsWe've just had an unusual guest in the Readathon office: one with four legs and a wet nose!

Pippa the dog and her owner Deborah Neame, from the charity Dogs Helping Kids, came to demonstrate how reading to dogs can improve children’s literacy skills. It is especially helpful to reluctant readers and to young readers who lack confidence and and enthusiasm, but all children of all ages may benefit.

Half Labrador, half Dalmation, Pippa is a naturally calm and comforting presence, but even so, extensive training is required to turn a suitable dog into a safe, consistent and purposeful DHK dog.

The training includes teaching the dogs to treat books and readers with interest, respect and undivided attention, and to tolerate children’s behaviour. DHK dogs must also learn to reward the young reader at the end of each session, such as pressing a button on a device that speaks a message and doing amusing tricks.

Children enjoying reading to a dog from Dogs Helping Kids“It was easy to find young volunteers to help with Pippa’s demonstration!” explains Justine, Readathon's director.

Two boys from nearby Amberley Parochial Primary School, an avid Readathon supporter, took it in turns to read to Pippa.

Looking on, their Headmaster Pete Godfrey commented: “I was very impressed with this demonstration and can see how effective this approach would be within a school environment.”

Supporting children’s reading in primary and secondary schools is just part of a much wider educational and therapeutic brief for DHK, which was founded in North Devon by Tracey Berridge. A qualified professional Canine Behaviour Counsellor. Tracy earned her Master's Postgraduate Degree in 'Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling'. Her thesis about the effects of using dogs in the school environment identified tremendous benefits of introducing dogs into schools. These include teaching children non-violence, empathy, respect, kindness, love, responsibility, friendship and trust. In the long term, DHK aims to have a dog in every school in the UK. In the meantime, it is busy raising awareness, fundraising and recruiting and training suitable dogs. 

Tags: Dogs Helping Kids | boys reading | reluctant readers

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The Kindness of Children at The Corbet School

20 December 2012 at 12:14

The shield of The Corbet School, Shrewsbury, ShropshireAt the Readathon office, we're always touched by great feedback from young readers whose schools have run a Readathon sponsored read. In the run-up to Christmas and the season of goodwill, it's been especially heartwarming to receive a message this morning from The Corbet School, a Shrewsbury secondary school.

These fabulous quotes from Year 7 readers show that not only did they enjoy their reading, they were also highly motivated by being empowered to help children less fortunate than themselves.

Pupils of The Corbet School enjoy reading for Readathon "I loved Readathon, I loved the experience and that we have raised so much money. What an opportunity I have had in my childhood to be able to raise money for children who are ill! I have made everyone in my family proud and I hope that I have made the children who are ill very happy. I hope I have put a smile on their faces because I have a smile on my face!" (Amy M)

"I enjoyed Readathon. I am happy because I met my Readathon target and I am so pleased that we have helped those less fortunate." (Dominic B)

"I think it was an amazing experience and I really enjyoed it. I hope they do it every year! It made you want to push yourself and read more books." (Alex W)

"Readathon is really good. I don't really like reading but I enjoyed Readathon because it was for people who needed it. I hope all the money we raised will help a lot. It was an opportunity to show that reading can change people's lives. I am happy with what we raised. Everyone enjoyed reading to help people. Thank you to everyone who got sponsors and everyone who sponsored someone." (Katie H)

"Readathon was a very good experience and it all goes to a good cause. Everybody just lit up with happiness when we found out how much money we had raised. If you ever get a chance to take part in a Readathon, take it!" (George W)



Tags: Corbet School | Shrewsbury | Shropshire

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Inspiration For Your School's Readathon

27 November 2012 at 11:32

Barr Beacon's poster for their Readathon We're always delighted to hear about schools who have added their own creative ideas to their Readathon, and Barr Beacon School, a secondary school in Walsall, West Midlands, is a great example. 

Barr Beacon School has designated a list of 13 recommended books, each championed by a particular member of staff. Pupils sign up to read one book from this list. After they've read it, they chat about the book with other pupils who chose it, mentored by the book's staff champion, before compiling a joint review of the book. The school has made a brilliant promotional video to encourage pupils to take part.

This sophisticated approach, led by Director of English Miss Melanie Rock, echoes aspects of the judging process of national and international book awards. We're sure it will be a really interesting and enjoyable process for all involved - including the teachers!

Tags: key stage 3 | secondary school | video

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School Talent Show Helps Readathon

19 November 2012 at 11:14

Cast of Huish Episcopi Talent Show 2012 with Brough Girling, Readathon founderLast week he pupils of Huish Episcopi Academy, in Langport, Somerset, staged a brilliant Variety Show to boost their Readathon fundraising. The evening of fun involved comedy, singing and playing musical instruments. Guest of honour was Readathon's founder, Brough Girling, pictured here with the show's cast.

It was the idea of staff member Phillipa Burrell to stage this event to raise awareness of Readathon and the charities it supports for seriously ill children: CLIC Sargent, Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity and Readwell. 

“I would like to say a very big thank you to Mr Brough Girling, founder of Readathon, for visiting our school and meeting the cast of the Variety Show," said Phillipa Burrell, who runs the annual Readathon in the school Library. 

Mr Brough Girling said: "Thousands of schools do Readathon every year, but Huish Episcopi School is among the very best of them. The students there obviously love reading and love raising money for sick children too."

A big thanks to everyone involved!

Tags: Huish Episcopi | Somerset | Brough Girling

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Dunottar Girls Enjoy Summer Holiday Reading

29 October 2012 at 11:36

We are pleased to share this press release and lovely photo issued by Dunottar School. If you'd like your school's success story to appear here, please email us your news and digital photos.

Dunottar School's Year 8 girls who read for Readathon

Pupils at Dunottar School in Reigate are celebrating their success with Readathon. Readathon is the UK’s national sponsored reading event. It encourages students to read for pleasure, while raising money for seriously ill children.

Throughout the summer, the Year 8 students did sponsored reads and raised a total of £568.65.

Student Bee Watson, 13, said: “I made an effort to read more books over the summer – I had lots of time to do this!”

Organiser and English teacher Mrs Turner said: “We run Readathon every year as it is an extremely enjoyable activity for the girls who read books they have chosen themselves, knowing that at the same time they are raising funds to help seriously ill children. Taking part in Readathon also has longer term benefits as pupils are encouraged to continue reading widely afterwards and often play a more active role in supporting other charities.”

Year 8 students are pictured celebrating their success.

Tags: Dunottar School | Year 8

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New School Year, New School Readathon!

12 October 2012 at 09:53

Girl enjoying reading a good bookAs primary and secondary schools all over the UK approach half term, many have already kicked off their Readathon this year, giving even the most reluctant readers the chance to discover reading for pleasure.

Click on Blaenau Community Primary School to see a lovely photo and newspaper report about a school in Ammanford, Wales kicking off their Readathon, in which the children may choose to read any books they like.

For a fab collection of photos of the brilliant Hobbit Readathon - and some inspiration on running Readathons on specific themes - click on Forrester High School in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Which kind of Readathon will your school choose?

Please remember: you need to order a new Readathon pack every time you want to run a school Readathon - we don't automatically send you one if you ran one last year. This is to make sure you get the right quantity of materials for your current pupil roll and also to avoid potential waste. That in turn helps us donate more money to the children's charities that you help us to fund!

To order your Readathon pack for this year, please click here.

Tags: primary | school | Readathon | Wales | read | reading for pleasure | reluctant readers | Hobbit | Scotland | Ammanford | Edinburgh

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Guest Impressed in Northern Ireland

20 June 2012 at 09:41

Brough Girling and Daniel Blythe with staff and pupils of St Patrick's Grammar School, DownpatrickReadathon founder Brough Girling visited a truly superb school in Northern Ireland last week and treated the pupils to a visit from multi-talented author Daniel Blythe.

"St Patrick's Grammar School in Downpatrick has donated a phenomenal amount to Readathon over the years and we wanted to acknowledge the support of both their staff and their pupils with a celebration," said Brough. 

Daniel Blythe filled the children's heads with fast-paced tales, while Brough filled the teachers' stomachs with cake!

Rory, a Year 8 pupil, thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon: ‘We read the first chapter of ‘Shadow Runners’ in class before Daniel came and it seems really good. Now that I have my own signed copy, I can’t wait to read it over the summer!’

Gina Savage, Head of English at the school enthused: "Reading for pleasure is very much embedded in the culture of the St Patrick’s. All junior pupils have time in their weekly timetabled classes dedicated to this pastime. It encourages the boys to see reading as a leisure activity – something on the same level as football or soccer - something that is not just educational but also enjoyable."

Brough was especially impressed that each year St Patrick’s trains twenty Year 13 students to work as Reading Partners and Reading Champions in local primary schools to promote positive reading habits and improve literacy with the children in the community. "This is a fabulously creative investment," he said.

Pictured here are author Daniel Blythe (seated centre), Readathon founder Brough Girling (far left), Vice Principal Ray McConville, Head of English Gina Savage, with St Patrick's pupils Eoin, Aidan and Joseph.

Tags: Downpatrick | St Patrick's Grammar School

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Reading's a Pleasure at Talbot Heath

11 June 2012 at 11:35

Girls from Talbot Heath who took part in ReadathonYear 7 girls at Talboth Heath School, Bournemouth, completed a spectacularly successful Readathon last term, reading 230 books between their two classes and raising over £900. 

The English Department added extra impetus to the school's Readathon by awarding prizes for the best achievers in terms of fundraising, reading the most books, and literary merit. The school also gave a special thank you to the girls' parents for their continued support with fundraising and promoting reading in school and at home.

We'd like to add to that a huge thanks and congratulations to everyone who took part - including the English Department who organised it and motivated everyone so effectively! What a team!

Tags: Bournemouth | Dorset | Talbot Heath | Year 7

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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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