Book-a-Thon – Classroom or Library Fundraiser – Reading Incentive


Has your library budget been cut? Need money to buy the things your students want for the library? This kit makes it easy to set up a Book-A-Thon Fundraiser. It includes an editable PowerPoint, Pledge Sheet, Reading Tracking Sheet, and full directions.

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  • Recommended for: Grades 3-7
  • Lesson Duration: 30 minutes to introduce; Book-A-Thon can last as long as you like
  • Formats: PPT, Google Slides, PDF
  • Editable: YES, all text is editable


School library budgets are cut all. the. time. It’s a terrible shame, but is a reality for far too many school libraries.

This starter kit gives you the tools you need to host a school-wide Book-A-Thon Fundraiser. All text is editable, so you can make your fundraiser fit your school’s needs.

This is a fun way to celebrate World Book Day, Book Week, Literacy Month, author birthdays, Read Across America, back to school, and other literacy events. You can start small with just a book club Book-A-Thon or Library Lock-In, or think big with a month-long, school-wide Book-A-Thon.


Students collect small pledges for each minute they read during a specific time period. Let’s say a student’s grandmother pledges 3 cents per minute that her granddaughter reads for the Book-A-Thon. If the granddaughter reads a total of 200 minutes, the grandmother would donate $6 to the school library.

The great part about this fundraiser is that even though the amounts donated may be small, a school-wide Book-A-Thon Fundraiser can have a lot of participation. When you have a lot of participation, even the smallest donations can add up to a big boost to your library or school budget.

Students are also reading to earn money for the library or school, which will be more popular with parents and caregivers. It’s easy for everyone to participate, and it costs nothing for students to participate. Even if they do not gain any pledges; they can still read with their classmates.

Further, there is no product to deliver at the end. No incorrect orders or mix-ups. No junk food or cheap plastic trinkets. Parents and teachers will love you for hosting a fundraiser that is this easy to implement!


  • 9-slide PPT + Google™ Slides presentation
  • 6 pages of tips and how-tos for librarians and teachers
  • 2 Book-a-Thon reading tracking pages
  • 2 Book-a-Thon pledge pages

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