2019 Read-A-Thon


Watch out for our Monster Readers!

2019 Monster Readers BookSpring Read-A-Thon
Monday, January 28 – Sunday, February 10, 2019

Registration for readers will open in January!

If you want to make a donation to a reader, click here.

If you’re a librarian, teacher, principal, or parent and want to host the 2019 Read-A-Thon at your school, sign up here!


What is the BookSpring Read-A-Thon?

BookSpring’s Read-A-Thon encourages community service and sharing the joy of book ownership with children in our community. During the two week event, students and book lovers read and collect donations based on the number of minutes they read. The donations buy books and support BookSpring’s childhood literacy programs in the Greater Austin area.

Participating Schools


When does the 2019 Read-A-Thon start?

Monday, January 28th

When does the 2019 Read-A-Thon end?

Sunday, February 10th

How do I participate in the Read-A-Thon?


  • If your school is a Read-A-Thon school, find your school in the drop down menu on the registration page.
  • If NOT, register as an Individual and type in the name of your school, then download forms here.

For more detailed information on HOW TO REGISTER, click here.

When is online registration available?

Student registration will begin January 2019!

How does the Read-A-Thon work?

Students register to participate with their school or as an individual if their school is not participating. Once registered, and with help from parents, students solicit pledges from friends and family in support of their reading. Students log the amount of time and the number of pages read during the Read-A-Thon.

At the end of the Read-A-Thon, students collect donations and turn in their pledge envelopes to their teachers. The results are tallied and awards are announced. Incentives are awarded to students, classrooms, and schools based on the level of funds raised. Schools and students compete for top fundraising and reading medals.  At each school, three medals are awarded: Most Minutes Read, Most Pages Read, and Most Funds Raised.  There is also a prize for the top fundraising classroom at each school.  In addition, a prize is awarded to the top overall Read-A-Thon fundraising student and a trophy is awarded to the top overall Read-A-Thon fundraising school.

How to Calculate the Amount of Money to Collect

Pledge Log image

Take the number of MINUTES you read.

Example: 1 hour = 60 minutes

Multiply the TOTAL NUMBER OF MINUTES by the amount of MONEY PLEDGED per each MINUTE.

Example: 60 minutes X .o5 per minute = $ 3.00 donation to collect

Add together the amount of all the donations your collect and write that amount on the front of the envelope.

How are Schools and Classrooms involved?

Schools, librarians, and teachers encourage the students to read each day during the Read-A-Thon; learn more about community service and how they can help; and, raise funds that will be used to buy books for other students in the Austin community. Fundraising prizes are awarded to schools and classrooms that participate.

Who Benefits from the Read-A-Thon and BookSpring programs?

All donations from the event support BookSpring’s childhood literacy programs in the Greater Austin area. BookSpring serves children ages birth to 12 years, teen parents and parents of young children. Ninety-five percent (95%) of BookSpring’s recipients are living at or below the federal poverty level. Approximately 80% of the target population is Hispanic and more than half of these speak Spanish as their first language.

How is the Community Involved?

  • Individuals can pledge to support a Read-A-Thon participant, register to participate in Read-A-Thon as an individual, or volunteer time to help with a variety of Read-A-Thon tasks.
  • Businesses can sponsor BookSpring’s Read-A-Thon and encourage employees to volunteer time to BookSpring’s Read-A-Thon.
  • Organizations can donate money to the Read-A-Thon or volunteer time to BookSpring’s Read-A-Thon.