Reading Ahead, formerly called the Six Book Challenge, gets adults and young people engaged in an enjoyment of reading – particularly those who struggle with the written word. More than 30,000 people registered for the programme in 2018-19 through public libraries, colleges and adult community learning, prisons and workplaces.
Reading Ahead print materials and branded incentives for 2019-20 can be purchased from our Shop.
See the Reading Ahead page on our resources database for downloadable guidance, templates and reports and for links to evaluation surveys and our impact pages for impact case studies and examples of best practice.
Using the website
The aim of this website is to create an online community to enrich the experience of those taking part in and running Reading Ahead. Participants are able to create an online profile, rate and review their reads and search our unique Find a Read database.
We welcome your support to develop this site. In particular you can help by:
- encouraging your learners to sign up and helping them to use the website alongside their reading diary. For instance they might want to make notes about their reads in their diary and then write a proper review here.
- telling us about your participants so that we can ask them to share their stories and add their recommendations to our Find a Read database.
If you’d like to sign up to the Reading Ahead newsletter, containtng the latest impact case studies and best practice, updates on new materials including downloadable resources and Quick Reads and opportunities to get involved with shaping the programme and networking email us.
How does Find a Read cater for different literacy levels?
Our Find a Read database is unique in that it is searchable by literacy level ranging from pre-Entry to Level 2 and each book displays its level in a pink box. Pre-Entry titles are likely to contain few words or no text at all; Level 2 should appeal to someone able to achieve a GCSE at A* – C.
Can I use this site as a practitioner?
Yes you can use the Find a Read database without signing up. We’re always looking for people who are keen to get involved with the site in other ways so drop us a line.