On the day that Quick Reads 2013 launches, new research shows that a quarter of UK adults (over 12 million people) have only picked up a book to read for pleasure once or less in the past six months.
Quick Reads, however, are an excellent way to get more people into reading, and
actress Kara Tointon has been announced as the Quick Reads 2013 celebrity ambassador. She will be encouraging more people to get reading, using Quick Reads.
Further research from the National Research and Development Centre's (NRDC) research also reveals the impact of reading.
You can read the press release here.
The Quick Reads 2013 titles are:
- Today Everything Changes by Andy McNab (Corgi Books)
- Love is Blind by Kathy Lette (Black Swan)
- Wrong Time, Wrong Place by Simon Kernick (Arrow Books)
- A Dreadful Murder by Minette Walters (Pan Macmillan)
- A Sea Change by Veronica Henry (Orion Books)
- Doctor Who, The Silurian Gift by Mike Tucker (BBC Books)
Since its launch in 2006, the Quick Reads initiative has loaned more than 3 million books through libraries and distributed over 4.3 million books through supermarkets, bookshops, workplaces and prisons.
Quick Reads are great for using with our Six Book Challenge programme.
Get involve with Quick Reads online, using:
Twitter: @Quick_Reads Use the Twitter hashtag: #quickreads. You can can also add a Quick Reads twibbon to your facebook and twitter profile pictures.
You can use the Quick Reads 2013 ideas pack to get information about Quick Reads 2013 and suggestions for how to promote Quick Reads in your libraries.
There is also a variety of learning resources produced by NIACE.
Library suppliers have delivered promotional materials - A3 posters and/or bookmarks - to participating library authorities in England and Scotland. You can also download the posters here:
Quick Reads 2013 poster
Quick Reads 2013 empty belly poster
Also available to download:
Quick Reads press release template
Reading group questions
Quick Reads logo - blue
Quick Reads logo - black
More Quick Reads 2013 titles can be ordered from your library suppliers.