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Heather Bateley, Independent Usborne Organiser

Schools Events

Fundraising for books

There are lots of different ways to raise money for your school to purchase brand new Usborne books, and I am here to help!

Sponsored reading and listening events

Reading practice is crucial both to help children improve their literacy standards, but also to give them the skills to be able to engage in reading for pleasure. That's why teachers love Usborne's simple sponsored reading events: Ready, Steady...Read! for older children or Ready, Steady...Listen! for younger children. Both are great fundraising ideas that encourage reading at home and in school, and remind us of just how often we are reading without even realising it. These easy-to-administer initiatives allow your school to fundraise for, and benefit from, books which everyone will enjoy. If you want an exciting Usborne event that gets children actively involved in reading, then a sponsored read is ideal.

How do reading events work?

Children are sponsored to read as much as they can in a given time. This could be across a term, in the school holidays, or in a rapid 24 hour race - the choice is yours. Reading can include anything from books, comics and magazines, to websites, recipes or TV guides - anything with words.

I will provide templates for reading logs for your pupils to record the number of minutes they have spent reading. The sponsorship money can go towards any of your school's reading needs, whether this is new books for your school library, a new set of class readers, or as prizes for pupils themselves. Every penny counts, and depending on the amount of money raised, you could get up to 60% in free books for your school too!

Usborne Community Book Pledge

Usborne often hears from teachers about the importance of involving the local community with school initiatives - that's why I can offer you a fantastic book pledge package.

The Usborne Community Book Pledge is a simple, easy way for you to increase vital reading resources in your school.

There are over 2500 titles to choose from, and in addition to the donations made, Usborne offers up to 60% in free books!

How does a Book Pledge work?

With your written permission, I will contact local businesses and organisations on your behalf, asking them to make a small donation to buy Usborne books for your school.

I will take care of everything, from pledge letters and posters to collecting donations and delivering books - all you have to do is confirm that your school is happy to be the beneficiary.

What next?

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