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Why Everyone Loves Readathon

We'll let some of Readathon's supporters tell you themselves. We'd love to hear YOUR views too - please click here to send us a message.


Child reading in a classroom“I love Readathon. I’ve been doing it every year since I was 8. I’m now 14, and I don’t intend to stop.”  Pupil from Kesteven & Grantham Girls School, Grantham

“I needed to read more. It was quite an easy way to raise money without doing anything very stressful.” Verbatim quote to Mrs Bleakley, Librarian, Collegiate Grammar School, Enniskillen


“I had all but given up on trying to get Isabelle (year 4) to read, but this has given her the push she needed, and we can’t stop her now. Thanks.” Parent’s letter to teacher, St. Christopher’s School, Beckenham


“I would like to say a big thank you for all the resources you have provided to make the running of Readathon easy – the video with Anthony Horowitz was great!” Georgina Britton, English teacher, Broadoak Maths & Computing College, Weston-super-Mare

“The Readathon that we launched on World Book Day really helped raise the profile of reading in the school. Students were delighted to see their teachers dressed up as book characters and Year 7 students competed to name as many as they could. Next year, we are hoping to extend this so that staff and student alike will be dressed up.” Caroline Godfrey, Charters School, Bracknell


“Events such as this, which encourage children to read, are a fantastic way of introducing them to new books and new authors. And they are becoming ever more important as libraries face closure.” Nicky Sales, school librarian, West Wight Middle School

"Readathon is the best time of the year. Meeting Brough Girling in November was fantastic. The students love taking part and helping raise money for ill children. A student told me "It's good to know you're reading to help other children. Even though you don't know them, they will appreciate it"." Phillipa Burrell, Librarian, Huish Episcopi Academy


Julia Donaldson, former Children's Laureate"Inspiring children to read is the greatest gift you can give them." Julia Donaldson, MBE, Children's Laureate 2011-2013

Forget league tables and targets, and let’s break free of the shackles of a narrow curriculum; it’s time to focus on the commitment and talent of the people who touch our children’s lives.” Michael Morpurgo, children’s author, Children's Laureate 2003-5

“Apart from developing the creative powers of the imagination, reading as a teenager helps you to come to a sense of who you are, to define your own identity.” Sir Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate 1999-2009 & Chair of Selection Panel for Children's Laureate 2009-11