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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a fundraising target?

Each individual or team can set their own fundraising target, by creating a National Readathon fundraising page on Firstgiving: individuals can get started here and teams can build their team page here. Any dollar amount raised is immensely helpful and will benefit the National Book Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit. We’ll be announcing prizes throughout January for reaching different dollar amounts, so stay tuned for more about those incentives!

What book should I plan to read for the National Readathon?

Great question — you can read any book at all! The time commitment is four hours, so this might be a great opportunity to tackle that challenging longer book that’s been sitting on your nightstand. Or maybe you want to bring a whole pile of books, and read a bit from each. Khaled Hosseini plans to read The Children Act by Ian McEwan; novelist Emma Straub plans to read Evelyn Waugh as well as some Babar; and the National Book Foundation’s Executive Director Harold Augenbraum plans to read the Lemony Snicket’s The Bad Beginning.

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