The Reading Agency is a charitable organisation whose remit is to give everyone a chance to be equal in life, through their ability to read because, as they say: ‘everything changes when you read.’
You can access their website by clicking on the link here.
There are lots of activities, events, ideas and promotions for helping both children and adults to read.
Chatterbooks is a monthly promotion in which the Reading Agency team up with children’s publishers to come up with a list of their top five books every month, divided into Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 reads.
The list is available on the website, and is updated every month. There is also a blog which gives you more details of the books which are chosen and discussed. You can use the list to give you ideas of new books for your children, or as the basis for book groups in schools or after school events. The blog also has pages with ideas to get discussions started, as well as offers and deals on some of the books that are featured every month.
The Reading Agency does a great deal of work with libraries, including promoting and endorsing the summer reading schemes that libraries hold every year, to encourage children to read in the long summer holidays. Although children can read what they want when they take part in the scheme, there is always a theme for the challenge. The theme for 2013 is ‘Creepy House’, and a selection of books is already being offered to the library service by the Reading Agency to make sure there are plenty of suitable books on offer for the children to borrow.
There are resources available through the website and the Agency for both librarians and schools to encourage children in their reading journey. There are ideas for book groups and the six books challenge, which encourages children to read at least six books over the summer holidays to keep their literacy skills to the fore even while they are away from school.
There are also resources available for older children and adults on the Reading Agency site.