Pre-K Read-A-Thon

K280 Read-A-Thon

Welcome to the Read-a-Thon!

The K280 PTA, in a partnership with the K280 Equity Team is excited to announce the 2022 K280 Read-a-thon & Fundraiser!

The PTA and Equity Team has planned events, activities and book sales all month long.  Please stay tuned for more information.

  • Read-a-thon fundraiser to raise money for K280
  • Literacy workshops for grownups
  • Book drive for K280 families 
  • K280 teachers are creating a limited supply of literacy kits to supplement select books to extend the book’s lessons. The PTA will be selling these kits in the coming weeks. The kits will include the book, all materials needed for the project and instructions. 
  • Live bedtime read alouds by various staff members on Zoom

During the month of March, our whole school will read the same book every Friday and children will be invited to explore each theme by dressing up. 

We will continue updating this page throughout the month and will send updates and reminders to keep you informed. If you are interested in volunteering to help with Read-a-thon activities, please email us at

Register Here


1. Signing up:

We encourage you to activate your reader’s account today by clicking on and follow the instructions listed on the website.

2. Promote the Read-a-Thon:

You can also use this page to easily promote the Read-a-Thon through emails, texts and social media.

3. Read-a-Thon Logs:

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To Add Read-a-thon to Your Phone for Easy Access:

  1. In Safari, paste the web address. Enter the secret code.

  2. Tap the upload button 

  3. Scroll down to “Add to Home Screen” 

Outside In Nature Kit

Homemade Love Sensory Kit

Festival of Colors Art Kit

Harlem Grown Gardening Kit

K280 Read-a-Thon Special Dates!



Windows, Mirrors, and Doors

The development of literacy skills begins early in young children through their experiences with language (storytelling, songs, talking) and literature (reading books together with children, back-and-forth discussions about stories, interactions with diverse books). Reading aloud with children nurtures their development of visual imagery, story comprehension, word meaning, and phonemic awareness. Reading also strengthens children's social, emotional, and character development as books become tools that can be used to visualize and communicate about tough feelings and thoughts. 

(Information sourced from:

Books are MIRRORS, WINDOWS, and DOORS for all who open and delve into their stories. 


We need diverse books because we need books in which children can see reflections of themselves – but also look through and see other worlds.



Rudine Sims Bishop, Ph.D

Rudine Sims Bishop, professor emerita at Ohio State University, has been referred to as the “mother of” multicultural children's literature for her groundbreaking American children’s literature research.

Diverse Books

Diverse books can become the windows, doors, and mirrors that we need to learn the stories of others similar and different from us, from the past and present.

The Danger of a Single Story

"Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding."



Why Diverse Books are Important for Everyone- Not Just Marginalized Kids


Library Questionnaire

This is a checklist that can be used to analyze how diverse and culturally responsive home (and classroom) libraries are. It is a tool that can be used to find gaps and spaces in libraries to build up diverse library collections- even at home!

Book List

Library Resources

Although libraries are not open for browsing, most are open for lobby service.

You can go online, put books on hold and choose where to pick them up.


Can't Make it to The Library?

The Brooklyn Public Library offers many of its titles as e-books, including picture books.

Brooklyn Public Libraries are not open for browsing, most are open for lobby service. You can go online, put books on hold and choose where to pick them up.

Book Recommendations

The PTA and Diversity Committee has made it easy for you to check out our recommendations from the library. Check out our list of general book recommendations and diverse book recommendations. You can easily put them on hold. Note many of the titles are also available as e-books. 

E-books and Audiobooks

The Brooklyn Public Library offers many of its titles digitally, including picture books. This website can be used to search for ebooks and audiobooks to borrow online. 

Bklyn BookMatch

Do you need book recommendations? Bklyn BookMatch is a free service from the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) where a BPL librarian will create a customized reading list of 5 titles for you. Please fill out the form on this website for help with this service: 

Need a Library Card?

If you need a library card, a few libraries including Central Library, Flatbush Library and Red Hook Library are processing in-person library cards. For immediate access to e-books and digital resources, apply for an e-card at

Upcoming Events


K280 Read-a-thon Calendar 2022         

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March 11

Celebrate You Day! Come to school dressed in something that represents you and your family! 

March 18

Favorite Animal Day! Come to school dressed as your favorite animal- real or imaginary!

Wednesday, March 23

Bedtime Read Aloud w/ Ms. Scott @ 7 pm - Zoom Link:

Wednesday, March 23

Terrace Books Virtual Event: Abby Seiff presents "Troubling the Water," with Gabriella Burnham @7:30pm

Register Online: 

Thursday, March 24

Bedtime Read Aloud w/ Dr. Wong @ 7 pm - Zoom Link:

March 25

Superhero Day! Come to school dressed as a superhero!

March 25

Book Swap @ Froggy Park from 3 to 4 pm

March 28

Bedtime Read Aloud w/ Mr. Jonathan, K280 Music Teacher @ 7pm - Zoom Link:

March 28

Terrace Books Virtual Event: CBH Talk: Oded Galor presents "The Journey of Humanity" @6:30pm

Register Online: 

March 29

Bedtime Read Aloud w/ Ms. Maciel @ 7pm - Zoom Link:

March 29

Terrace Books Virtual Event: Panel: "A Land With A People" @ 7:30pm

Register Online: 

Wednesday, March 30

Bedtime Read Aloud w/ Ms. J @ 7 pm - Zoom Link:

Wednesday, March 30

Terrace Books Virtual Event: Emme Lund presents "The Boy with a Bird in His Chest," with Alex McElroy @7:30pm

Register Online: 

Thursday, March 31

Terrace Books Virtual Event: NYRB: David Shields presents "The Very Last Interview," with Laura Kipnis @7:30pm

Register Online: 

Friday, April 1 

Favorite Book Character Day! Come to school dressed as your favorite book character!

April 7 

Diverse Books for Young Children Workshop (for Grownups)  w/ Ms. Linda @ 8:00 pm

April 14

Last day of the Read-a-thon. Ends at 8 p.m.

Contact Us

K280 PTA



What is the Read-a-Thon?

The Read-a-Thon is a fundraiser to raise money for K280.  All funds raised will directly benefit the children at K280.  Families can register online to set a reading goal and raise money for K280 by asking families and friends to sponsor.  

How do I register for the Read-a-Thon?

Go to

Scroll down and click on "Not Registered For This Event?" 

What is the duration of the Read-a-Thon?

The Read-a-Thon begins on Friday, March 21st  and ends on Sunday, April 15th at 8 PM.

What is a book bundle?

These kits have been created to further the lessons and ideas from books from our book packages. Each kit comes with materials and instructions for an activity designed for our pre-k children.