Donate now
Tackling life's big challenges through the proven power of reading

Resources

22 January 2020

Reading Ahead Facebook newsfeed 2019-20

Download this Reading Ahead Facebook card to post on your organisation’s Facebook page to promote Reading Ahead.

21 January 2020

The Monster Writing (A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness) - guide

Walker Books have an exciting creative writing challenge called THE MONSTER CHALLENGE. ‘Stories are important. Stories can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth.’ Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls Are you a young person with a passion for telling...

20 January 2020

Quick Reads Fortune Teller

Print this fortune teller and fold it following the instructions on the second page of the document to create a fun resource to help you engage readers with the new Quick Reads list. You can use it in your display...

20 January 2020

Quick Reads Social Cards

You can use these social cards with quotes from our authors when posting on social media to support the new Quick Reads list. Remember to add the hashtag #QuickReads and to tag us @readingagency

20 January 2020

Quick Reads Learning Resources

Quick Reads are often seen as suitable for those at Entry 3, Level 1 or Level 2. They can be used both as a first read or to work towards to as a final goal, depending on the starting level...

05 December 2019

Winter Reads 2019: Poetry, Short Stories and Novels

We’ve put together a selection of reads for Reading Ahead participants with the theme ‘Winter Reads.’ It includes poems, short stories and books for various reading levels from pre-entry to level 2. The Winter Mini Challenge starts on Monday 2 December...

02 December 2019

Making Reading Ahead work for prisoners with ESOL

This four-page leaflet draws together the findings, practical tips and creative tools from our three-year project to support prisoners with ESOL funded by The Bell Foundation. Please scroll down this resources page to find other downloadable items.

11 November 2019

Quick Reads 2020 downloadable dumpbin header

A downloadable header 285 × 285 that can be printed and used on FSDU’s.

30 October 2019

Quick Reads poster 2020

A4 downloadable Quick Reads poster, specially designed for 2020. Use this poster to spread the word about the collection and prepare your displays for publication on 20 February 2020.

30 October 2019

Editable Quick Reads poster 2020

A specially designed Quick Reads poster for the six new 2020 Quick Reads. The poster is in an editable format so you tailor it to local needs.

17 October 2019

Football School by Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton - series trailer

A groundbreaking new series from two bestselling writers that teaches you about the world through football. The first book is packed with awesome true stories, real science and fascinating facts and will make you laugh loads. When do footballers poo? Can...

17 October 2019

Guide to running Reading Ahead 2019-20

This is a comprehensive guide to running Reading Ahead which explains how the programme works, some best practice case studies, key contacts and how we evaluate the programme. Please do get in touch if you have any further questions.

09 October 2019

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.

26 September 2019

Reading Ahead 2018-19 Roll of honour

We would like to congratulate all organisations who have taken part in Reading Ahead over the past year for welcoming so many people to the world of reading and all the benefits that brings. Each year we produce a roll...

26 September 2019

Editable dates planner for Reading Ahead 2019-20

Please use this template and suggested dates to plan your Reading Ahead year. It’s an editable Word document so you can add your local plans alongside our suggestions.

25 September 2019

Quick Reads back catalogue 2006 - 2020

Quick Reads began in 2006. Since then 4.8 million copies of more than 100 titles have been distributed! The books have been loaned more than five million times through libraries. The 2020 list are currently available to pre-order from all major...

12 September 2019

The Wizards of Once - KS2 resources

Cressida Cowell’s aim as Waterstones Children’s Laureate is to encourage EVERY child to read for fun and get something out of books. Full of magic and wonder, adventure and danger, friendship and family, her latest series, _The Wizards of Once_,...

06 September 2019

Reading Ahead best practice and participant case studies 2019

Please use this link to see our best practice case studies from practitioners around the country. If you’re looking for some inspiration or to illustrate the impact of your work, we also have participant case studies with new readers sharing...

06 September 2019

Reading Ahead 2019-20 Advocacy Leaflet for Prisons

Here is a one-pager about Reading Ahead in prisons with endorsements from participants and organisers in prisons for you to use when putting the case for the programme. It’s not intended for use with prisoners themselves.

06 September 2019

Reading Ahead 2019-20 Advocacy Leaflet

Here is a one-pager about Reading Ahead with endorsement from participants and organisers for you to use when talking to potential partners. It’s not intended for use with participants.

06 September 2019

Reading Ahead 2019-20 Materials and Incentives

A one pager that contains all our purchasable materials and incentives for 2019/20 Reading Ahead. They are available to buy from The Reading Agency shop throughout the year. This can be used alongside the Advocacy leaflet to explain the programme to...

05 June 2019

Changemaker Reads

To celebrate National Reading Group Day on 15 June, we asked reading groups which books inspire them to change the world. Tackling themes of identity, discrimination and equality, these are some of the books that make you want to make...

30 April 2019

Alex Rider: Secret Weapon - book trailer

Ever since MI6 recognised his potential, Alex Rider has constantly been thrust into the line of danger. From a routine visit to the dentist that turns into a chase through the streets of London, to a school trip with a...

08 January 2019

January 2019 Young People's booklist - Epic Tales (Myths and legends)

Our January Young People’s booklist – Myths and Legends This month we have been thinking about myths and legends and modern retellings of these stories. We have selected six books for young people which include three novels, two graphic novels and...

09 November 2018

Evaluation of the Reading Ahead ESOL pilot

This reports on the third year of our project for prisoners with ESOL funded by The Bell Foundation and draws on evidence from the previous two years.

07 November 2018

The Reading Agency booklists for ESOL learners

Here are two booklists compiled as part of the Reading Ahead with ESOL in prisons project funded by The Bell Foundation together with some guidance provided by NATECLA. These are useful for anyone working with young people and adults with...

07 November 2018

Words and Memories: Creative writing by ESOL learners

This collection of writing by prisoners whose first language is not English was produced over the course of six workshops in three UK prisons – HMP Downview, HMP High Down and HMP Thameside – between May and July 2018. ...

07 November 2018

ESOL Creative writing in prison materials pack

This is a pack of guidance for anyone wanting to run a creative writing workshop with prisoners whose first language is not English. It includes a powerpoint, notes for workshop leaders, guidance for workshop assistants and several handouts for...

07 November 2018

Creative activities for using with Reading Ahead for prisoners with ESOL

These seven documents provide a wide range of activities for using alongside Reading Ahead for prisoners with English as a Second Language or Additional Language. They have been created by David Kendall as part of a project funded by...

02 November 2018

A Society of Readers - executive summary

A new report that we commissioned from leading independent think tank Demos lays out the central role reading must play in helping to address many of the most pressing challenges British society will face over the next decade. Read the...