During National Libraries Week (9th -14th October), 70 schools across Liverpool joined together to build a real buzz about books and reading for fun across the city. The event was organised by the Liverpool Learning Partnership and the charity, Read for Good, which has been running its sponsored read in individual schools since 1984.
Children taking part in the event were sponsored to read whatever they like – from comics to classics – with the emphasis on reading what they love. 20% of what a school raised will be used to buy books for its library, 10% is going to support Liverpool Learning Partnership’s wider work on reading for pleasure and 70% will fund Read for Good’s unique programme bringing a regular supply of books and storytellers into children’s hospitals such as Alder Hey.
As part of our Readathon celebration we had several different events running through the week. On 11th October we celebrated the wonder of children’s books with a visit from author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre. Sarah started her day by visiting Springwood Heath Primary School for a breakfast club meet and greet session with their CRASH (Cool Readers at Springwood Heath) reading club. Following this, pupils from 5 different schools were able to hear Sarah talk about her work, the importance of books and even have a go at drawing! The fun continued after lunch when Sarah visited our competition winners St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School for an illustration-packed afternoon session with their KS2 pupils.
Friday 13th October marked the date of our Drop Everything And Read session. At 1.30pm pupils across the city stopped what they are doing, picked up their books and got stuck in to a good story (or amazing non-fiction for that matter).
Take a look at our Storify article to find out how the schools across Liverpool took part in the #LiverpoolReadathon.