26,000 Liverpool Children Unite For Readathon Fortnight

Some 80 schools across Liverpool are joining forces next week in a fortnight-long celebration of

books, libraries and the power of stories (5-16 November 2018).

 

The event is being organised by the Liverpool Learning Partnership with the charity Read for

Good, which has been running its Readathon in individual schools since 1984. More than 80

Liverpool schools (25,936 pupils) have already signed up to participate in the mass sponsored

read, with the aim of motivating whole schools to read for fun. Money raised will be used for

school libraries and by the charities to fund their work in Liverpool, including Read for Good’s

mobile bookcase and resident storyteller at Alder Hey. Last year’s first-ever Liverpool city

Readathon raised £16,722.

 

The Readathon fortnight ends with a citywide Drop Everything and Read finale at 2 pm on Friday

16 November with wider members of the community – from TATE Liverpool, the Royal Court

Theatre and British Music Experience to a Minecraft You Tube sensation – joining the schools

to read whatever they like for as long as they can.

 

Read for Good Chief Executive, Justine Daniels said: “Learning to love to read as a child is one

of the greatest things you can do. For some children our Readathon is the spark that inspires a

lifelong love of reading and for many more, it’s a fantastic way to reinforce and revitalise reading

habits. Liverpool already goes above and beyond as a city to get every child reading, so we’re

not surprised that the city was the first in the country to run our Readathon this way and to make

it even bigger and better this year.”

 

Children taking part in the event will be sponsored to read whatever they like – from comics to

classics – with the emphasis on reading what they love. Illustrator and author Sarah McIntyre is

visiting the city in the first week to cheer on primary schools, while author Phil Earle will inspire

older children in the second week. As well as events at Central Library, Sarah and Phil will be

visiting competition winners St Clare’s Catholic Primary School and St Margaret’s CE Academy

respectively.

 

Alder Hey’s Arts Coordinator, Vicky Charnock said: “Read for Good’s storyteller and bright orange

mobile bookcase are well-known at Alder Hey,where the service has been running

since 2014.

We love the loop of children in our schools reading to bring stories into our hospital.

Imagination is a ticket out to the wider world when you’re in hospital and the power of stories to

entertain, uplift and distract is incredible and something I’ve seen first-hand at Alder Hey with

Read for Good.”

 

Project Coordinator for the Liverpool Learning Partnership, Jenny Holder said “We’re already

known as a city of football, music and of culture – and increasingly Liverpool is also becoming

known for being a city of avid readers. The City of Readers campaign has worked with children,

parents, carers and the wider community, reaching some of Liverpool’s most disadvantaged

families, to instill a lifelong love of reading. We know our Readathon will create a real buzz about

books and reading across the city’s schools and #DEARLiverpool on the final Friday is

something we’d love all children, teachers and the wider community to join in with – regardless

of sponsorship – to end our fortnight on a real high.”

For More information or to sponsor a child in a liverpool school or join DEAR Liverpool,visit:  https://readforgood.org/dearliverpool/