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Choose six reads and challenge yourself to get Reading Ahead 

Manchester Reading Ahead invites you to pick six things to read - then record, rate and review them in a special diary to get a certificate.

Developed by The Reading Agency, the programme is part of the Read Manchester campaign from Manchester City Council and the National Literacy Trust. Thousands of people across the UK have already taken part in Reading Ahead, rediscovering a love of reading.

You can choose to read:

  • Books (or e-books)
  • Newspapers or magazines
  • Comics and graphic novels
  • Poems
  • Plays
  • Websites

You could also choose six children’s books and enjoy them with your children or grandchildren. Reading is a great way to spend time together as a family.

"This has given me the motivation to get back into reading again." - Employee, Manchester City Council

How to take part

Ask if they are running Reading Ahead at your:

  • Place of work
  • College or university
  • Child’s school or children’s centre

If they are, they will give you a free reading diary and get you started. Then, when you return your completed diary to them, you'll receive your certificate.

reading ahead imageYou can also visit your local Manchester library to take part. The staff will give you a diary and help you find six things to read, based on your likes and interests. 

Alternatively, visit the national Reading Ahead website for help finding your next read and to log your reads online.  

For more information about running Reading Ahead or finding someone running it near you, email


Guidance for individuals

Read this if you want to get involved but you aren't linked to an organisation taking part 
Registration form

For individuals and organisations to complete. Hand in at your local library or email to
Information for businesses

Why you should run Reading Ahead within your organisation 
Guide for Reading Champions

How to deliver Reading Ahead within your organisation 
Pledge for organisations

Complete this to show your organisation's commitment to Reading Ahead 

Why take part?

Manchester Reading Ahead will build you and your child's reading confidence and get you both into the habit of reading regularly, which can help to improve your literacy skills and wellbeing.

Share what you're reading online with #ReadMCR


The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
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