"I'm a perfect example of how reading can change your life. I had the reading age of an 11 year old when I was 17 and I only became a confident reader when I joined the Army. But once I started I couldn't stop - and that's what the Six Book Challenge is all about."
Andy McNab, bestselling author and former SAS soldier, says it's never too late to start reading. We're delighted that Andy is supporting our Six Book Challenge scheme for less confident adult readers as our Ambassador for 2013.
The annual Six Book Challenge invites people to pick six reads (not just books but poems, magazines articles, even digital games can count) and record their reading in a diary to get a certificate. It is designed to engage those who struggle with the written word but is also being used to get people back into an enjoyment of reading.
We launched the scheme nationally in 2008 and it is now run at local level through public libraries, adult education, colleges, prisons and workplaces. We broke our own targets in 2012 with 23,500 people across the UK registering to take part - 30% up on 2011 and 90% of survey respondents said that they were more confident about reading after taking part in the Six Book Challenge.
To purchase materials for use during the 2013 Six Book Challenge visit our shop.
One in six adults struggles to read. The Six Book Challenge builds people’s reading confidence and literacy skills, improving their life chances. While Reading Groups for Everyone celebrates all the good things that happen when people come together to share reading and Mood-boosting Books recommends good reads for people who are anxious or depressed. Because everything changes when we read.