Quick Reads is a charity whose aim is to spread the love of reading to the people who need it most. Over the past seven years they have succeeded in doing just that.
1 in 6 adults of working age in the UK finds reading difficult and may never pick up a book. People’s reasons for not reading are varied but are often based in fear. Some people say they find books scary and intimidating, thinking they are ‘not for them’ or that books are difficult or boring.
Quick Reads Response
Quick Reads sets out to challenge these beliefs and to show that books and reading can be for everyone. Each year we commission big name authors to write short books that are specifically designed to be easy to read. They are the same as mainstream books in every respect but are simply shorter and easier to tackle for adults who are less confident in their reading skills. The books are then sold through major retailers, online booksellers and are loaned from libraries.
A powerful outreach campaign around Quick Reads delivers the books and accompanying learning resources written specifically for the titles and inspiring case studies to literacy practitioners across the country. Quick Reads books are vital in educational settings such as further education colleges and libraries, prisons, military bases, care homes and family centres as well as in workplace learning centres. They are also used in settings as diverse as oil rigs, cross channel ferries, bus depots and refuse disposal units. Practitioners tell us that Quick Reads are the ideal tool to use with their learners and evaluations reveal very real benefits to quality of life, well-being, self-esteem, confidence and job prospects. We also know that adults who become readers through Quick Reads encourage their children to read, transforming their prospects and creating the next generation of readers.
Today sees the official release of six new Galaxy Quick Reads books:-
- ‘Love is Blind’ by Kathy Lette
- ‘A Sea Change’ by Veronica Henry
- ‘A Dreadful Murder’ by Minette Walters
- ‘Today Changes Everything’ by Andy McNab
- ‘Wrong Time, Wrong Place’ by Simon Kernick
- ‘Doctor Who: The Silurian Gift’ by Mike Tucker
Galaxy Quick Reads books are also ideal for people who don’t have much time to read.
Each book costs just £1.
For further information about Quick Reads and to find out about all their books visit http://www.quickreads.org.uk/
You can also find them on Twitter @Quick_Reads