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20 July 2021

Crime and Thriller

Struggling to get into reading? Can’t find a book to keep you hooked? Why not take your pick from this selection of these gripping Crime and Thriller titles…

20 July 2021

Sporting Titles

A selection of twelve sport-related titles to get you inspired!

27 May 2021

2021 Quick Reads!

A list of the 2021 Quick Reads. You can purchase your copies here

25 March 2021

The latest Quick Reads!

Quick Reads are short books written by bestselling authors. If you’re new to reading, struggle to find the time for longer books or want to try out some new authors – Quick Reads are the answer! These six titles were...

11 March 2021

Quick Reads versions of bestsellers!

We’ve gathered together six Quick Reads versions of bestsellers! If you’ve been wanting to see what all the fuss is about or join in the discussions on bestsellers but find the full text too long, try the Quick Reads version! If...

11 March 2021

Reading Ahead Ambassadors share their favourite books

If you’re just starting out on your reading journey or looking to try something new, why not take a recommendation from the experts! These six titles have been recommended by our Reading Ahead ambassadors and cover a range of topics and...

11 March 2021

Latest titles written by our Reading Ahead Ambassadors

Check out the latest titles written by our Reading Ambassadors, they cover a range of genres and topics so there’s something for everyone!

11 March 2021

Quick Reads by our Reading Ahead Ambassadors

A booklist of Quick Read texts written by our Reading Ahead Ambassadors.

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...

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:

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:

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...

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. ...