How It Works

BookSpring and The Library Foundation present the 2021 Family Readathon.

About the Readathon

The 2021 Family Readathon is a great way to bring solo readers and small teams together in supporting a fun reading event and sharing the importance of books at home and reading together as a family or 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 interested in putting together a team for the 2021 Family Readathon, be it your family, a group of friends, a class, a school, or a company or civic group, that’s fantastic!  As a Team Captain, you are expected to motivate and remind your team to reach towards their reading and fundraising goals. It’s helpful if you can monitor your team’s entering of minutes, or collect it on your own and do it for them.  You can also be a team of one, or a Solo Reader.

All Readathoners can participate in the creative and inspirational Book Collage and Book Spine Poetry Challenges to share in your favorite social media right from the start! We’d love to see some TikToks or Spotify playlists in our feeds to help motivate team readers. Be sure to post with #FamilyReadathon to be eligible for prizes!

Getting Prepared

Once you or your team is registered and have your page set up, it’s time to get ready! You can start by making 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:

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 or Solo minutes read.  You can do this every day, every week, or at the end, but they must be recorded in order to win prizes and awards.  Parents or caregivers should fill this form out together for all children under 13. 

The Bottom Line

The top three solo readers and top three team leaders for fundraising and reading will get special prizes and awards recognition! 

Please sign up as a Team Captain or Solo Reader and record all minutes no later than the end of the Readathon, February 10, 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 or call us at (512) 472-1791 x 123.