07 June 2013 at 09:34
Next 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."
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