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08 March 2021

Challenge yourself to get Reading Ahead leaflet

What is Reading Ahead and why take part?

24 February 2021

Roll of Honour 2019/2020

Roll of Honour 2019/2020 for the Reading Ahead Programme, listing the awards for organisations with their completer numbers.

19 February 2021

Have you read a Quick Reads? Tell us what you thought and enter to win a £25 voucher!

If you have read a Quick Reads tell us what you thought by filling in this very short survey. You can enter to be in with the chance to win a £25 shopping voucher! The survey closes on Friday 26...

05 February 2021

Advocacy leaflet Reading Ahead

Use this leaflet to explain the Reading Ahead programme to colleagues and potential partners. It contains information on how the programme works and the impact it has. There is a separate leaflet for Reading Ahead in prisons.

05 February 2021

Advocacy leaflet Reading Ahead in prisons

Use this leaflet to explain the Reading Ahead programme to colleagues and potential partners. It contains information on how the programme works and the impact it has.

05 February 2021

Reading Ahead image for plasma screens

Use this card to advertise Reading Ahead on screens or websites.

03 February 2021

Reading Ahead glossary

One of the great things about reading is that you learn new words and expand your vocabulary, often without even realising! When writing your review think about how you could use these words to express your thoughts about what you have read.

31 January 2021

How to sign up to the website - guide for participants

This is a guide that can be shared with participants to show them how to set up their account. It is an editable word document so that you can add your organisation code – text highlighted red. Your unique code can...

31 January 2021

Publishers with books for emergent and reluctant readers

This short document suggests some publishers that are producing books for emergent and reluctant readers and dyslexia friendly books.

31 January 2021

Reading Ahead cards for social media

Use these cards for promoting the challenge on social media. Remember to tag @readingagency #ReadingAhead so that we can amplify your posts.

31 January 2021

Reading Ahead poster for peer-recommendations

The poster can be put up in a communal for Reading Ahead participants to suggest reads to peers.

31 January 2021

Reading Ahead sign-up sheets

Use these sheets to sign-up participants and collect information for your evaluation form that you will need to complete when you finish the programme.

31 January 2021

Reading Ahead editable posters

Use these posters to fill in local details on how to take part in Reading Ahead at your library.

31 January 2021

Reading Ahead template for booklist

Use this template to curate suggested reads for your Reading Ahead participants. Use our emergent publishers resource or Find A Read to choose books at the right level or ask your team or Reading Ahead participants to recommend reads. The poster is...

28 January 2021

Reading Ahead Toolkit 2021

This toolkit covers everything you need to run Reading Ahead, how to get started and ideas for partnerships and engagement.

27 January 2021

Ryan Gattis' top tips for creative writing

Ryan Gattis is an American crime author and a PEN America Prison Writing Mentor. Here he has shared his top tips for creative writing. Please download and print this document to share with your residents.

27 January 2021

Prison libraries: short story competition and permission form

This competition is only open to people in prison. Publisher Picador and national charity The Reading Agency are holding a 500-word writing competition! This resource contains instructions for entering the competition and a permission form to be signed by the entrant. Print...

27 January 2021

How To Read Like A Writer - Guide by Crime Writer Ryan Gattis

This resource contains tips from crime writer Ryan Gattis on the importance of reading to be a good writer and what to look out for to build your skills. Take a look at our other resources by Ryan Gattis in the...

27 January 2021

Q&A with Crime Writer Ryan Gattis

Find out more about crime writer Ryan Gattis and his latest book, The System. Take a look at our other resources by Ryan Gattis in the Reading Ahead resources database: How to Read like a Writer, Ryan’s top tips for creative...

23 November 2020

Reading Ahead 2021 contact details for admin account set up

Thank-you for ordering your materials for Reading Ahead 2021! To access the new Reading Ahead website and digital resources you will need to register for an admin account for your organisation. Please complete this form and return it to readingahead@readingagency.org.uk to...

26 October 2020

The Reading Agency booklist for ESOL learners

This booklist has been compiled as part of the Reading Ahead with ESOL in prisons project funded by The Bell Foundation together with guidance provided by NATECLA. Originally created for use in prisons, these books are useful for anyone working...

01 October 2020

Emergent Reader titles by Ransom

Ransom Publishing have a broad range of titles available to support emergent adult readers at various levels. Find out more in this leaflet and visit their website here: https://www.ransom.co.uk/catalogsearch/advanced

23 July 2020

Education & Training Foundation ESOL for Refugees: resources for new arrivals

Visit the Education & Training foundation for resources and teaching materials to support ESOL learners and specifically refugees. These resources aim to help ESOL practitioners better meet the early integration needs of refugees who are New to ESOL i.e. working below,...

23 July 2020

Beyond Words: Coping with Coronavirus Picture Stories

Free picture stories and illustrated guides to support people with learning disabilities and autism through the coronavirus pandemic. Take a look at the Beyond Words books for: Beating the Virus Mental health, end of life and bereavement Secure settings Here: https://booksbeyondwords.co.uk/coping-with-coronavirus/#secure-settings

29 May 2020

Reading Ahead for prisons during Covid-19 toolkit

This toolkit contains ideas and resources for continuing with Reading Ahead in prison settings responding to the current lockdown during Covid-19. This is a working document and will be updated as more resources become available. Do get in touch if you...

20 May 2020

Reading Ahead during Covid-19 toolkit

This toolkit contains ideas and resources for continuing with Reading Ahead despite closures of public libraries, colleges and workplaces during Covid-19. This is a working document and will be updated as more resources become available. Do get in touch if you...

19 May 2020

This Is Going To Hurt: Diary Writing Challenge

This activity sheet has been designed for use alongside reading the Quick Reads version of Adam Kay’s This Is Going To Hurt. It provides inspiration and a framework for starting a diary.

30 April 2020

The Reading Agency Hub

Here you can access The Reading Agency at home. You’ll find ideas, activities and challenges from across our programmes to entertain and educate yourself, your family or those you are teaching remotely. The activities will be refreshed every couple of weeks...

27 March 2020

Penned By A Prisoner Drawing Challenge 1 & 2

The Penned By A Prisoner daily drawing challenge offers an opportunity for those who struggle with literacy and/ or prefer art to take part in daily creative challenges. These resources are word documents so feel free to edit them so they...

27 March 2020

Penned By A Prisoner Daily Writing Challenge (days 1-30)

Penned By A Prisoner is a daily writing challenge created by staff at HMP Brixton. The resources are in three batches covering 30 days of writing. Feel free to tailor the word documents to work best for you before printing. They...