It was months (or years, I think) ago when I started using this browser extension Tab for a Cause. Basically, when you have it activated, you will earn a Heart every time you open a new tab in your browser. In turn, you can donate these hearts to different institutions or foundations that they are partnered with. Some of these are Save the Children, Room to Read, Human Rights Watch, Water.org, and Action Against Hunger. This extension is really put to use by me because as a software developer, I definitely open tens to hundreds of tabs per day (I would like to thank Google, StackOverflow, and various computing blogs out there). If you’re interested in trying this app, you can get it here.
Okay, sorry for the random but totally related rambling up there. Let’s get back to the original topic of this post. So today, when I opened my browser, I discovered that Tab for a Cause has partnered with Penguin Random House for a project called #ProjectReadathon. My first reaction was, “So you’re telling me I can just read books and so some little good for the world at the same time? I’m in!” And it’s really lame if I don’t get to share this with you guys.
What is #ProjectReadathon?
The #ProjectReadathon Million Minutes is a campaign by Penguin Random House. It aims to help young readers in local communities throughout North America. There are excerpts from books provided on their website. These excerpts are timed, depending on their length and for every minute that you read, books are donated to Save the Children, which is also one of the organizations I mentioned above. This project runs from April 17 to 23. As we all know, April 23 is World Book Day, and this is also the culminating day. You can find more information about it here.
How do I join?
To join, all you have to do is visit their website and start reading. Sounds easy, right? Here.
Some excerpts are short and can be read in 5 to 10 minutes while others are longer and take 60 or more minutes to read. This is proportional to how many books will be donated after you read them but can also be used to estimate which ones we can read, given a certain timeframe. Because we are all guilty of finding the opportunity to read even in the slightest hint of free time, right?
At the top of the page for every excerpt, the number of minutes and books donated are indicated as shown here:
Here are some of the books that you can read if you participate:
- Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven – 5 mins, 1 book
- Quiet by Susan Cain – 5 mins, 1 book
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio – 10 mins, 2 books
- The Castle in the Mist by Amy Ephron – 10 mins, 2 books
- Every Day by David Levithan – 10 mins, 2 books
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – 15 mins, 3 books (also has an audio)
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg – 15 mins, 3 books
- The Girls on the Train by Paula Hawkins – 15 mins, 3 books (also has an audio)
- Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow – 15 mins, 3 books
- Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza – 40 mins, 13 books
- Zodiac by Romina Russell – 70 mins, 24 books
Aside from these, there a lot more books you can choose from. Again, all you have to do is choose which excerpts to read and start reading!
UNESCO’s World Book Day
As I mentioned above, this campaign culminates on April 23, which is the World Book Day as declared by UNESCO. This also coincides with the World Book Night in UK and St. Jordi Day in Spain. You can check these links to see how fellow readers around the world are celebrating World Book Day.
If you’re going to share this campaign in other social media platforms, don’t forget #ProjectReadathon and #ReadWell!
Happy reading! ❤