Liverpool Readathon 2020

Liverpool schools are uniting for the third time for a two week citywide Readathon. Money raised will help buy books and storyteller visits for Alder Hey, as well as books for Liverpool school libraries (20% of whatever a school raises) and supporting Liverpool Learning Partnership’s work into reading for pleasure!

Schools taking part in the Liverpool Readathon will be invited to Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) on World Book Day, 5th March at 10am. We’re also inviting business, cultural venues and other organisations to join us in dropping everything to enjoy the pleasure of reading at this time.

As part of the Liverpool Readathon celebrations, current Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell will be talking to pupils from primary schools on 4th March. The following week, Read for Good’s storyteller Wilf Merttens will be visiting secondary schools on 10th March. To express an interest and find out more details about these visits please email

The Open University’s Research Rich Pedagogies site features a case study of the Liverpool Readathon which shows the impact that a large scale reading event of this type can have both on individual schools and on wider communities.

To find out more about the Liverpool Readathon please visit or email