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Run a Readathon for World Book Day!
Posted: 01 Jan 2013
Readathon, the UK’s biggest sponsored reading event, is the ideal way to celebrate World Book Day on 7 March 2013.
Readathon encourages children to read for pleasure by allowing them to read whatever they want, however they want – fiction, non-fiction, comics, poetry, e-books or just listen to stories. The money raised helps seriously ill children and your school gets free books worth 20% of the total it raises!
Ofsted says* ‘it is now time to take more practical steps to improve provision for reading in schools’ and that all schools should ‘develop policies to promote reading for enjoyment’. Furthermore, research shows that recreational readers not only gain higher scores in reading assessments, but they also fare better in their education as a whole.
Children love to raise money to help seriously ill children. As well as running Readwell, which provides books and storytellers for children in hospitals, we support two exceptional children’s charities: CLIC Sargent, which provides vital support to children and young people with cancer, and their families, and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which helps seriously ill and disabled children.
“Inspiring children to read is one of the greatest gifts you can give them. I’d recommend Readathon to anyone.”
Julia Donaldson, author and Children’s Laureate
“I had all but given up on trying to get my daughter (Year 4) to read, but this has given her the push she needed and we can’t stop her now. Thank you.”
Parent, St Christopher’s School, Beckenham
“We found your box of goodies inspiring. You really helped to make the whole process fuss-free and straightforward.”
Ms Titley, Literacy Coordinator, Funtington Primary, Chichester