Get on the Road to Reading

05 April 2023

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. Your reading journey will also form part of a national reading research project, helping us to transform the lives of more people across the UK.

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.

The Road to Reading officially starts on 23 April, so sign up today and we’ll see you then, when you’ll be provided with a road map to track your reading. How about starting your #RoadToReading between 7 and 8pm on World Book Night during the #ReadingHour?

See you on the road!

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