Organize a read-a-thon by selecting a time period for the activity, creating logs to track minutes read and spreading the word through publicity campaigns, such as flyers and radio announcements. Give participants pledge sheets to invite family and friends to donate per book, per minute read or a flat amount.
Read-a-thon participants should be provided with collection envelopes to store donations. Prizes for participants, such as books or t-shirts, should be collected to distribute upon completion of the read-a-thon. Local businesses may provide prizes when requested. Organizers can create their own reading logs and pledge sheets, download and copy them from online sources or use a read-a-thon company, such as Read-a-Thon.com, to access these materials.
The read-a-thon may be hosted in a day or over weeks of time. For a day event, organizers can provide a quiet space for readers to enjoy their books as well as a room with activities and snacks to use during reading breaks. Organizers can keep track of time read by having participants sign in and out as they enter the reading area. During read-a-thons that take place over weeks of time, participants can track their own hours and turn them in at intervals or at the completion of the program. Some teachers use long-term read-a-thons as summer reading incentive programs for their students.