Ready, set, read! The Liverpool Readathon is coming!
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Photography copyright Liam Walsh
wizards and hungry caterpillars are on the curriculum for 30,000 children
across the city as the Liverpool Readathon returns for its third year next
than 100 schools have signed up to take part in this year’s event from 2-13
March which will include a visit from Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida
Liverpool Readathon will also incorporate a citywide Drop Everything and Read
(#DEARLiverpool) at 10am on World Book Day (Thursday 5 March), which is also
open to local community groups and businesses as part of the Liverpool City
Council-led Year of Reading #LiverpoolReads initiative.
The Readathon is organised by the Liverpool Learning Partnership with the charity Read for Good, which has been running its Readathon in individual schools since 1984. 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.
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 Children’s Hospital. The first two Liverpool
Readathons raised more than £33,000.
to Train Your Dragon’s author and Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell
is hosting an event for primary schools at The Epstein Theatre on Wednesday 4 March
and then visiting Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in the afternoon.
for Good’s storyteller, Wilf Merttens will inspire older children at two
secondary school events on Tuesday 10 March.
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 so many reasons: from academic attainment to emotional well-being. 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 was the first city in the UK to run our much-loved Readathon across its whole school community back in 2017, in a model that’s now been copied by other cities including Manchester and Leicester. We can’t wait to see the creative ways schools will run it for the third time.”
co-ordinator for the Liverpool Learning Partnership Jenny Holder said: “We’re already known
as a city of football, music and culture – and increasingly Liverpool is also
becoming known for being a city of readers, especially in 2020 with the
citywide Liverpool Year of Reading campaign. We know our third Readathon will
create a real buzz about books and reading across the city’s schools and
#DEARLiverpool on World Book Day 5 March is something we’d love all children,
teachers and the wider community to join in with – regardless of sponsorship.”
member of education, employment and skills and lead for #LiverpoolReads Cllr
Barbara Murray said:
“It’s great news that so many schools across Liverpool have ‘booked’ their
place on the Readathon this year. It’s an incredible opportunity to engage so
many children and young people, and it’s wonderful that it is also happening
during the city’s Year of Reading.
is now the third time that Read for Good and the Liverpool Learning Partnership
have brought the Readathon to Liverpool and I’m so pleased that it has gone
from strength to strength after the city was the first place to have a citywide
event back in 2017.
“But the Readathon isn’t just for our young people! I’d encourage all the city’s grown-ups to get involved in Drop Everything and Read for ten minutes on Thursday 5 March at 10am and raise all-important funds for school libraries and for Alder Hey. And don’t forgot to let us know what you’re up to using #DEARLiverpool.”
Alder Hey’s arts co-ordinator 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.”