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31 March 2021

Tips for Writing a Review!

Read our tips on how to write a great review, other readers will be interested to hear your thoughts!

08 March 2021

Challenge yourself to get Reading Ahead leaflet

What is Reading Ahead and why take part?

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 Reading Ahead website - guides for participants

We have two guides that can be shared with participants to show them how to register on the website. - An editable A4 document that you can add your organisation code into - Four images that make up a visual guide that...

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

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...

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,...

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.

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...

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 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...

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....

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.