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The Reading Agency

The Reading Agency is an independent charity with a mission to give everyone an equal chance in life by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers.

The agency focuses on helping people needing extra support to become readers – children in their formative years, disadvantaged young people and adults with poor literacy skills – and involve one million people each year in practical activities like reading challenges. They are passionate about libraries’ vital role in creating equal access to reading.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £315,000
  • 2013-2014: £340,000
  • 2014-2015: £350,000

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Croydon Reading Activists interview author Kia Garriques

Nathan from Croydon libraries interviews Kia Garriques about her YA fantasy novel Innovera Yakov.

Happy World Book Day from Lauren St John

Lauren St John, Author of The Midnight Picnic: A Laura Marlin Mystery, wishes you a Happy World Book Day! World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) reading. This year, it is celebrated on Thursday 6 March. http://readingagency.org.uk/children/005-get-involved/world-book-day-2014.html http://www.worldbookday.com/

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Books in Warrington Library

Reading Activists from Warrington Library and Great Sanky High School have been working on a film showcasing just some of the books you can find in Warrington Library to celebrate National Libraries Day.

Summer Reading Challenge 2014 Book Selection - Three Judges

The recommended book collections for this year's Summer Reading Challenge were picked by librarians, children's literature experts and children from Chatterbooks reading groups. Here's an insight into the judging process. Read the full list of titles here: http://readingagency.org.uk/children/news/mythical-maze-book-collections-announced.html Get more book recommendations, and keep up with Summer Reading Challenge news here: http://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

The Six Book Challenge at HMYOI Deerbolt

In October 2013 The Reading Agency held and event to celebrate the success of the Six Book Challenge in prisons. The keynote speaker was Gabrielle Lee, Governor of HMYOI Deerbolt. Read more about the event here http://readingagency.org.uk/adults/news/martina-cole-urges-prisons-to-join-six-book-challenge-adult-literacy-drive.html

Tips for running the Six Book Challenge in prisons

We asked people who run the Six Book Challenge in prisons for their top tips. They included being enthusiastic, working with other people within the prison and using incentives!

Making a difference - Summer Reading Challenge volunteering

Reading Activists for the Summer Reading Challenge talk about their experience volunteering at the Idea Store Whitechapel in Tower Hamlets. Find out what they did, what they gained, and how to get involved. readingagency.org.uk/readingactivists

Cressida Cowell welcomes you to the Christmas Mini-Challenge!

Join the Christmas Mini-Challenge on the Summer Reading Challenge website (http://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/) and read some great books during the winter holidays! Simply read three library books between 12 December 2013 and 6 January 2014, log them on the website and then receive a special reward badge! The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK's biggest reading promotion for children run by The Reading Agency (http://readingagency.org.uk) and in a library near you.

Reading Activists amazing thing #9: help kids read

Want to do amazing things in your local library? Then become a Reading Activist! Reading Activists gives young people new skills and opportunities through reading activities in their local libraries and communities. It's a creative project for teens run by the UK charity The Reading Agency (http://readingagency.org.uk/) Find out more here: http://readingagency.org.uk/readingactivists/. Follow Reading Activists on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReadingActivist and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ReadingActivists -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Produced by Verdant Films (http://verdantfilms.com/), illustrated by Jack Noel (http://jacknoel.co.uk/) and with a voice over by Holly Walsh (http://www.hollywalsh.co.uk/). MASSIVE thanks to all three! Extra special thanks to Rachel B and the Hounslow Reading Activists!

Reading Activists amazing thing #16: organise events

Want to do amazing things in your local library? Then become a Reading Activist! Reading Activists gives young people new skills and opportunities through reading activities in their local libraries and communities. It's a creative project for teens run by the UK charity The Reading Agency (http://readingagency.org.uk/) Find out more here: http://readingagency.org.uk/readingactivists/. Follow Reading Activists on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReadingActivist and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ReadingActivists -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Produced by Verdant Films (http://verdantfilms.com/), illustrated by Jack Noel (http://jacknoel.co.uk/) and with a voice over by Holly Walsh (http://www.hollywalsh.co.uk/). MASSIVE thanks to all three! Extra special thanks to Rachel B and the Hounslow Reading Activists!

Reading Activists amazing thing #42: reading groups

Want to do amazing things in your local library? Then become a Reading Activist! Reading Activists gives young people new skills and opportunities through reading activities in their local libraries and communities. It's a creative project for teens run by the UK charity The Reading Agency (http://readingagency.org.uk/) Sign up to Reading Groups for Everyone for free books, competitions and more! http://readinggroups.org/ Follow Reading Activists on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReadingActivist and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ReadingActivists -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Produced by Verdant Films (http://verdantfilms.com/), illustrated by Jack Noel (http://jacknoel.co.uk/) and with a voice over by Holly Walsh (http://www.hollywalsh.co.uk/). MASSIVE thanks to all three! Extra special thanks to Rachel B and the Hounslow Reading Activists!

Reading Activists amazing thing #31: reporting

Want to do amazing things in your local library? Then become a Reading Activist! Reading Activists gives young people new skills and opportunities through reading activities in their local libraries and communities. It's a creative project for teens run by the UK charity The Reading Agency (http://readingagency.org.uk/) Find out more here: http://readingagency.org.uk/readingactivists/. Follow Reading Activists on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReadingActivist and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ReadingActivists -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Produced by Verdant Films (http://verdantfilms.com/), illustrated by Jack Noel (http://jacknoel.co.uk/) and with a voice over by Holly Walsh (http://www.hollywalsh.co.uk/). MASSIVE thanks to all three! Extra special thanks to Rachel B and the Hounslow Reading Activists!

Reading Activists amazing thing #61: interview authors

Want to do amazing things in your local library? Then become a Reading Activist! Reading Activists gives young people new skills and opportunities through reading activities in their local libraries and communities. It's a creative project for teens run by the UK charity The Reading Agency (http://readingagency.org.uk/) Find out more here: http://readingagency.org.uk/readingactivists/. Follow Reading Activists on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReadingActivist and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ReadingActivists -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Produced by Verdant Films (http://verdantfilms.com/), illustrated by Jack Noel (http://jacknoel.co.uk/) and with a voice over by Holly Walsh (http://www.hollywalsh.co.uk/). MASSIVE thanks to all three! Extra special thanks to Rachel B and the Hounslow Reading Activists!

Reading Activists amazing thing #16b: make book trailers

Want to do amazing things in your local library? Then become a Reading Activist! Reading Activists gives young people new skills and opportunities through reading activities in their local libraries and communities. It's a creative project for teens run by the UK charity The Reading Agency (http://readingagency.org.uk/) Find out more here: http://readingagency.org.uk/readingactivists/. Follow Reading Activists on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReadingActivist and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ReadingActivists -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Produced by Verdant Films (http://verdantfilms.com/), illustrated by Jack Noel (http://jacknoel.co.uk/) and with a voice over by Holly Walsh (http://www.hollywalsh.co.uk/). MASSIVE thanks to all three! Extra special thanks to Rachel B and the Hounslow Reading Activists!

"Shall I compare thee..." - a Reading Activists Halton promo film

Reading Activists based in Widnes Library produced this short promotional film for their group. To find out more about the project, visit us here: http://readingagency.org.uk/readingactivists/

Neil Gaiman interviewed by Reading Activists

At our 2013 Reading Agency lecture young Reading Activists were given the opportunity to interview Neil Gaiman. These are just some to the questions they asked him. For more information on the lecture visit http://readingagency.org.uk/news/media/neil-gaiman-delivers-our-second-annual-lecture.html and for reflections from young people on the evening visit http://readingagency.org.uk/young-people/002-showcase/reading-activists-meet-neil-gaiman-at-the-reading-agency-lecture.html and http://readingagency.org.uk/young-people/002-showcase/neil-gaimans-library-of-the-future.html

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Martina Cole tells us why she endorses the Six Book Challenge.

Neil Gaiman Reading Agency lecture 2013

On 14 October Neil Gaiman delivered our second annual lecture at the Barbican Centre. To read the full transcript visit http://readingagency.org.uk/news/blog/neil-gaiman-lecture-in-full.html.

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