Read-a-thon

October 28-November 10, 2022

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Reading Inspiration

This page contains reading inspiration for all ages from our community members, schools, libraries, and the broader community. We’re grateful for all of these contributions and resources and hope they inspire you throughout the Read-A-Thon and beyond.

Resources on this page include:

Finding Reading Materials

 
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The Reading Bug has a wide selection of books on social justice, anti-racism, and celebration of diversity available in-store and online. See staff recommendations on:​

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Free for all San Carlos residents 

downloadable e-books, audiobooks

complimentary book holds & transfers

Book Lists of titles on social justice, anti-racism and celebrating cultural diversity:​

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Find book swap boxes all over town!​

Search for a box near you

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The San Francisco Exploratorium presents: a storybook read-aloud, followed by a fun related experiment 

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Choose from hundreds of celebrity read-alouds from Storyline Online

Book Recommendation Videos

 
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Post Your Video & Win!

Read a book, recommend a book: Post a 30- to 60-second video of your book recommendation HERE and you could win prizes from Tutti Frutti, Tea Hut, the Reading Bug, the Crepe Stop, Gelataio, Diddams, Patxi’s, and more! Post up to 3 videos. Open to all students registered in the Read-A-Thon. 

Below are examples from past Read-A-Thons for inspiration!

Skye
4th Grader at Arroyo Elementary

Chloé
Kindergartener at White Oaks Elementary

Jennie Fitzgerald
Brittan Acres Aftercare

Laura Parmer-Lohan
Mayor, City of San Carlos

Mrs. Leah Scholer
Principal, White Oaks Elementary School

Aileen Cassinetto
Poet Laureate of San Mateo County

Recommendations

 

FREE Online Books and News Articles

Videos & Podcasts for different ages

Storytimes & Read-Alouds

 

Read-alouds in Spanish, Mandarin and More languages

 

Poetry Inspiration

 

Former National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, says “My goal has never been to convert every young person into a professional writer; my goal is to make sure every young person has the literacy skills they need to raise their voice and change their communities. That passion drives me every day.” Learn more about Amanda here

Below is a selection of poetry from Amanda Gorman:

Additional youth poetry inspiration

Books about Coronavirus

 

Presenting Sponsor

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For any Read-A-Thon issues or questions, please contact events@scefkids.org