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Reading Ahead

Challenge yourself to get Reading Ahead

Set up Reading Ahead at your organisation

If you work in a library or learning setting and would like to start running Reading Ahead take a look at our Shop or get in touch.

What is Reading Ahead?

Reading Ahead is a reading challenge for young people and adults delivered by libraries and learning settings. It can be run digitally or off-line with printed materials. Reading Ahead asks participants to choose six reads, these can be books, magazines, recipes, letters – anything! After completing each read, participants can share their thoughts on what they’ve read by filling out a review.

The programme includes a unique reading database to search for reads at the right reading level and a hub of supporting guidance, learning resources and promotional materials. Reading Ahead improves reading confidence, builds skills and encourages everyone to read more.

Find out more about the proven power of reading.

Meet the 2021 Reading Ahead ambassadors!

Our Reading Ahead ambassadors are bestselling authors who write books on different topics and with different styles. They are here to support and inspire you on your reading journey!

  • Dreda Say Mitchell
    Dreda Say Mitchell

  • Adele Parks
    Adele Parks
  • Bali Rai
    Bali Rai
  • Peter James
    Peter James
  • Mahsuda Snaith
    Mahsuda Snaith
  • Andy McNab - Image Neil Spence
    Andy McNab
  • Martina Cole - Image Bill Waters
    Martina Cole