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01 June 2021

Read with Pride - Summer of Reading List 2021 A3 poster

The second Paper & Hearts Society adventure. Join Olivia and The Paper & Hearts Society gang in this joyful comfort read and celebration of books from Booktuber Lucy Powrie. The perfect book for fans of Alice Oseman, Holly Smale and...

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

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...

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.

25 September 2019

Quick Reads back catalogue

Quick Reads began in 2006. Since then over 5 million copies of more than 100 titles have been distributed. The books have been loaned more than six million times through libraries. This document contains all of the titles published since 2006...

11 September 2019

The Wilbur & Niso Smith Adventure Writing resources

The Reading Agency has been working with The Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation to promote adventure writing. These resources are mainly targeted at students in further education and sixth form colleges who may also be taking part in Reading Ahead....

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

ESOL Creative writing Activity 12 Fold-over story

Handout for Activity 12

07 November 2018

ESOL Creative writing Activity 9 International Etiquette Quiz

Handout for Activity 9

07 November 2018

ESOL Creative writing Activity 6 Alphabet poem

Handout for Activity 6

07 November 2018

ESOL Creative writing Activity 4 Reflections on learning English

Handout for Activity 4

07 November 2018

ESOL Creative writing Activity 3 Jokes and riddles

Handout for Activity 3

07 November 2018

ESOL Creative writing Activity 2 Flashcards of sayings

Handout for Activity 2

07 November 2018

ESOL Creative writing in prison Notes for workshop leaders

This is an overview of how to run a creative writing workshop with prisoners wtih ESOL.

07 November 2018

ESOL Creative writing in prison powerpoint

This is a powerpoint for use in a creative writing workshop.

07 November 2018

Final ESOL Creative writing in prison Guidance for workshop assistants

This is an overview of how to run a creative writing workshop with prisoners with ESOL.

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...

07 November 2018

Creative Activity 6 Reading Ahead Bingo

Playing with words.

07 November 2018

Creative Activity 5 Every picture tells a story

Using pictures to get students writing.

07 November 2018

Creative Activity 5 Every picture tells a story

Using pictures to get students writing.

07 November 2018

Creative Activity 4 First lines

Writing your own first line.

07 November 2018

Creative Activity 3 Reader vocabulary

Learning the words with which to talk and write about what you read.

07 November 2018

Creative Activity 2

Using book covers to spark discussion.