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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."

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Shakespeare Goes Global for 2012 London Olympics

25 April 2012 at 10:27

World Shakespeare Festival logoAs part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympics, an amazing festival of 37 Shakespeare plays in 37 languages kicked off this week on Shakespeare's birthday, Monday 23rd April. Performances will take place not only at The Globe, but at venues all over Britain.

As the biggest Shakespeare festival ever, this is a landmark event that every schoolchild should know about! Although most children won't have the opportunity to enjoy a festival play at first hand, there are plenty of other ways of making Shakespeare accessible to even the youngest child. Here are links to some of our favourite children's editions of Shakespeare:

Real Reads' Collection of William Shakespeare Titles

The Orchard Book of Shakespeare Stories

Mr William Shakespeare's Plays

10 Best Shakespeare Stories Ever

Tags: Shakespeare | London Olympics 2012 | books | children