San Mateo County Libraries is excited to be supporting the San Carlos Education Foundation, opens a new window in its first annual Read-A-Thon, opens a new window! The Read-A-Thon runs from Monday, Jan. 25 through Friday, Feb. 5 and will help SCEF raise money for programs like music and counseling for San Carlos Public Schools.
To support the Read-A-Thon, the San Carlos Education Foundation, San Mateo County Libraries, and local San Carlos bookstore The Reading Bug, opens a new window are working together to host author Jennifer L. Holm, opens a new window, a three-time Newberry Honor recipient and New York Times bestseller for two virtual events on Sunday, Jan. 24. To kick things off that day, Holm will read from and discuss her series Babymouse in an event at 12:00 PM geared towards grades TK-4. Later that afternoon, she will return to discuss her latest book, The Lion of Mars in an event at 4:00 PM geared towards grades 5-8. In addition to Holm, San Mateo County Libraries will be hosting author Jesse Bennett on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 4:00 PM for an author event geared towards grades TK-3. Although these are the recommended ages, all are welcome to attend these live author events!
What is a Read-A-Thon?
A Read-A-Thon is an event to encourage reading and listening to books. Students ask friends and family for pledges and keep track of the time they spend reading. Read-A-Thon participants can read anything they choose, but one area of focus will be books that celebrate the diversity of the United States and introduce ideas around social justice and anti-racism.
We are proud to support literacy efforts like these throughout San Mateo County schools. During the Read-A-Thon, we will put together Grab and Go Bundles of books celebrating the theme of diversity which will be available at the San Carlos Library, and our staff will offer special storytimes for students of San Carlos Public Schools.
Are you a teacher interested in putting on a Read-A-Thon? We'd love to help! Visit our Teacher and Student Resources page or get in touch, opens a new window with us to learn more about the many ways we're supporting education in San Mateo County.
Let's Get Reading!
Wondering what students will be reading during the Read-A-Thon? We've created book lists to supplement the recommendations that teachers are providing to their readers.
Here are some suggestions for easy readers and early reader books to celebrate the 2021 San Carlos Read-A-Thon theme of social justice, anti-racism, and celebration of diversity. Many of these books are part of a series!
Here are some suggestions for chapter books to celebrate the 2021 San Carlos Read a Thon theme of social justice, anti-racism, and celebration of diversity.