How It Works

The 2021 Family Readathon is a great way to bring schools, solo readers and small teams together supporting the importance of books at home and reading together as a community. In Central Texas, less than 52% of families have 20 or more children’s books at home. Children growing up with 20 or more books are three times more likely to succeed in school and in life.

How to Register

If you are a student at a participating school, resister from the Schools page. If you are interested in putting together a team for the 2021 Family Readathon, be it your family, a group of friends, or your coworkers, that’s fantastic!  As a Team Captain, you are expected to motivate and remind your team to reach towards their reading and fundraising goals. You can also be a team of one, or a Solo Reader.

Getting Prepared

Once you or your team is registered and have your page set up, it’s time to get ready! Make a Reading Wish List to plan out your Readathon reading sprint. Look for reading recommendations from the Library Foundation here and from BookSpring here. We have a number of additional ideas that you can use to help you and your team get ready for the Readathon:

We’d love to see some TikToks or Spotify playlists in our feeds to help motivate team readers. Be sure to post to Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram with #FamilyReadathon to be eligible for prizes!

About Raising Money

It’s fun to raise money through the Readathon, and know that your efforts are going to a worthy cause. Dollars raised will help two community organizations advance their literacy missions.

  1. BookSpring – an established non-profit organization distributing books to kids facing economic hardship in Central Texas. $10 buys four books!
  2. The Library Foundation supports the programs and operations of the Austin Public Library.

About Recording Minutes

Once the Readathon starts, go to the Reading Reports page to record your Team, Solo or Student minutes read.  You can do this every day, every week, or at the end, but minutes must be recorded by individual readers for the reading period in order to win reading prizes and awards.  Parents or caregivers should fill this form out together for children under 13. 

The Bottom Line

The top three solo readers and top three teams will get special prizes and awards recognition!  Schools will compete against each other for first place in fundraising, with students still eligible individually.

Please sign up as a Team Captain, Solo Reader, or School Reader and record all minutes no later than the end of the Readathon, February 17, 2021, to be sure you and/or your team get full credit for your efforts.

If you have questions at any time, email us at readathon@bookspring.org or call us at (512) 472-1791 x 123.