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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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How Did Your School Celebrate World Book Day?

19 March 2013 at 10:05

Claremont Primary School's reading leader and pupil dress up for World Book Day 2013There can't be many schools in this country who didn't know that last Thursday was World Book Day. At Readathon we're enjoying catching up with how everyone celebrated reading for pleasure on that special day.

First up on our website to share their World Book Day news is Claremont Primary School in Blackpool, one of the hundreds of schools all over England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales who chose World Book Day to run a Readathon sponsored read. From the list of events sent to us by Mrs Barr, Claremont's Reading Leader, (pictured here as Mr Stink with her son as The Boy in a Dress) their day was action-packed, making reading fun for everyone!

"As well as taking part in our Readathon sponsored read, each child came dressed as a character from a book they liked, and they presented their character and their book in an assembly for book prizes. We also included a home reading challenge, peer reads, small group reads and quiet individual reads. Each year group made a reading tree, which parents then came in to see."

Of course, World Book Day is a fab time to start or finish your Readathon, although you can run a Readathon at any time of year. Just register on line and we'll send you your free resource pack.

What did your school do for World Book Day this year? Please send us your stories and photos and we'll display the best on our website!

Tags: World Book Day | reading for pleasure | reading for fun | Blackpool | Claremont Primary School

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Readathon Bewitches St Neot's Prep School

28 March 2012 at 10:36

A coven of witches on St Neot's non-uniform dayA coven of witches turned up at St Neot's Preparatory School's non-uniform day, held to raise money for Readathon on World Book Day.

Children and staff from Years 3-8 dressed up as their favourite book characters. The school's official Readathon organiser, Librarian Mrs Mary Cassidy, was clearly not the only one to love good books about witches!

And when it comes to good books about witches, there are plenty of them - from Julia Donaldson's "Room on the Broom" to Roald Dahl's "The Witches." What's your favourite book about witches?

Tags: non-uniform day | witches | books about witches | librarian

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Small Scottish School Sets Great Example

28 March 2012 at 09:58

Clachan Primary School holding its Readathon nightClachan Primary School, a small rural school in Scotland, came up with a great new idea for Readathon this term. It decided to hold its sponsored read on the Friday evening after World Book Day so that the whole village could come along to join in the fun.

Children, parents, staff and other members of the local community were invited to bring in their favourite book to share from 7pm until midnight. The celebrations culminated in a midnight feast! By charging admission, the reading event raised an impressive £59 for Readathon and earned the school enough free book tokens to buy several new books for its library.

"It was a great literacy experience!" reports Mrs Catherine Black, Acting Head Teacher.

It just goes to show that you don't have to be a big school to have big ideas - or to hold a successful and memorable Readathon! Congratulations to everyone who helped make Clachan Primary School's Readathon such a great success.

Tags: Clachan | Clachan Primary School | Argyll and Bute | literacy | new ideas | reading

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