Join the Road to Reading

16 April 2024

A little reading can go a long way. It can connect us to others, spark curiosity, boost our self-esteem and support our mental health. That’s why, this World Book Night, we are inviting you to join the Road to Reading. Change your life, 30 minutes at a time! Pledge to read every week and see what a difference it makes.

Sign up to the Road to Reading this April. Each week we’ll share advice, reading recommendations and more, while keeping an eye on your progress to help you along the way. Last year, 86% of Road to Reading participants said that it helped them to feel more relaxed, and 73% said that it added purpose to their week.

Does a short story every now and then count? Absolutely! What about listening to an audiobook narrated by your favourite actor? That too! Or graphic novels – is that more looking at pictures than reading? No, that’s also reading! You can even include flicking through a recipe book to choose next week’s dinner.

According to research, adults who read for just 30 minutes a week are:

  • 20% more likely to report greater life satisfaction.
  • 18% more likely to have higher self-esteem.
  • 52% more likely to feel socially included and 37% more likely to get greater pleasure out of their social life.

See you on the road!

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Road to Reading activities

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Road to Reading activities