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Reading gives us someplace to go

when we have to stay where we are

Unbound is a month-long readathon for students in secure settings. At BreakFree, we believe it is critical for students in secure facilities to explore the power of reading at every opportunity; to read for pleasure, not just for a grade; and to develop the habit of reading. Unbound provides a framework and incentives to increase students’ engagement with books.

We sponsor a national readathon competition for schools to participate in, host weekly challenges, and offer many prizes and rewards for schools and students that participate!

The below resources are from last year. Updated materials for the 2021-22 school year will be added in advance of the initiative.

Teacher Resources

Below are all the tools and resources you will need to participate in the Unbound Readathon.

Teachers will use this form to submit their weekly reading tallies.  Download the form as an excel and submit through the submission portal below. Before submitting your weekly tally sheet, make sure to watch this short video on how to do so.

Print and post this poster to encourage students to read and get your school excited about the readathon!

Teachers can print out this bookmark for students to use when keeping track of the minutes they read each day.

Weekly Challenges

View student book reviews here!

Extension Activities

Plant this ticket in a book that isn't often read at your school.  If a student finds it and reads the book, you can let us know and your student can win a book prize!

Have a student that loves to write?  Use this fan fiction mini-lesson and encourage your students to write a continuation of the book they read for the readathon.  If you submit their writing to us, students will be entered to win a book prize!

Focus Book

Every school that participates in the 2021 Unbound Readathon is receiving a copy of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter.  Below are resources you can use with students who read the book.

Interview with Author

Click the link above to view our recorded webinar.

Slides from the webinar can be viewed here.

2021 Calendar

Please take note of submission deadlines for weekly challenges and award nominations

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2021 Leaderboard & Updates


2021 Teams

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