I will be participating along with my children. They have come to enjoy this almost as much as I do. Of course, none of us make the entire twenty-four hours but that’s okay. The amount of enjoyment we get out of reading together during the readathon is what makes it worth it to me. Of course, I do continue reading on my own once they’ve gone to bed but that’s me every night.
Another fun part of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon (at least for my children and I) is preparing for it We go to the library and stock up on books to read. That means we always have far more books than we actually complete but I think that’s perfectly all right. Who knows what you’re going to be in the mood to read when you’ve finished one book, right? Another thing we love is going shopping for our food. I usually like to cook something in my Crock Pot on readathon day. We get to smell the delicious scents while we’re reading during the day and then dinner is easily served and cleaned up afterward. In fact, we have even continued with our reading a couple of times. This isn’t always the case though as we like to talk and spend time as a family during dinner. Then there are the snacks. I think this is what my kids love the best about the food aspect of the readathon. And okay, it’s my favorite part (besides the reading, of course), too. We usually have chopped, raw vegetables and dip, chips and salsa and something sweet. I don’t go completely overboard but I do let my kids choose something they aren’t allowed to have on a regular basis.
So, it is six days until the next readathon and we are eagerly anticipating it.