One in six people struggles to read. However, research shows that when we inspire people to read for pleasure they benefit from far greater opportunities in everyday life, education and employment. Reading Ahead (formerly called the Six Book Challenge) is the gateway to these opportunities. Because everything changes when we read.
Reading Ahead supports young people and adults by changing their perception of reading, opening up opportunities and building their confidence.
Run through public libraries, adult learning organisations, colleges and workplaces, Reading Ahead invites participants to pick six reads and record, rate and review them in a diary in order to get a certificate. The programme isn't just about books - it's about newspapers, magazines and websites too. The new name reflects this to help those for whom books might be a barrier to joining in.
Completers can enter a national prize draw to win some great prizes - a trip to London and e-readers for the runners-up - while organisations can win an author event. Anyone taking part can also use our website for participants to share their thoughts about what they read, enter competitions and find out more about the programme.
Reading Ahead facts
Over 40,000 people took part in 2014, when it was called the Six Book Challenge.
Nearly 90% of survey respondents in 2014 said they felt more confident about reading after taking part.
The programme is designed to help people improve their reading skills and be fun at the same time.
Visit our resources page for ideas on how to run Reading Ahead in your own organisation.
If you'd like to take part in Reading Ahead, email Genevieve Clarke and we'll put you in touch with an organisation running the programme in your area so you can find out more.
One in six adults struggles to read. Reading Ahead supports young people and adults who struggle with the written word or who don’t read for pleasure. Reading Groups for Everyone celebrates all the good things that happen when people come together to share reading and Reading Well supports people's health and wellbeing. Because everything changes when we read.