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Many children and adults are not in the habit of reading. They don’t get on with books: they are reluctant readers. As a result, they have little opportunity to develop their literacy skills – and they lose out as a result.
Others may be keen to read, but (for whatever reason) they find reading difficult. Conventional books for a person of their age might be just too difficult to read. These struggling readers need reading materials that are age-appropriate, but which don’t patronise.
Of course, many readers who struggle are also reluctant.
If you’re working with reluctant or struggling readers, either as a parent or teaching professional, the Encouraging Reluctant Readers FAQ offers essential guidance and contains many useful tips. It's a great place to start.
NEW! Download a copy of Ransom's 2013 catalogue.
This year we have new titles from current favourites such as Boffin Boy and Siti's Sisters, as well as new series such as GirlFriendZ, Steve Sharp and Cold Fusion - our new series for more able readers.
Ransom is the leading publisher of books for reluctant and struggling readers. Our titles have strong visual appeal (important for poor readers!) and are never patronising. We always show both the interest age and the reading age on our website and in our catalogues, so you can match our books to your readers’ interests and abilities.
A series of levelled reading books covering popular non-fiction topics, with particular appeal to older readers. The 24 full-colour titles offer progression over four levels. As with the Trailblazers series, these books combine a non-fiction section with a fiction story on the same topic. More...
Meet Liv, Kelly, Eve, Charlotte and Yaz. They are GirlFriendZ – the number one band in the world. But now the evil Zargons are in control. Their MIB (Music is Banned) agents are hunting down musicians, wiping their minds and destroying their instruments. This is like stealing a music-lover's soul!
Meet Peter Ian Green – P.I.G for short. All his friends and family call him Pig. Even the teachers. Pig is 12 and is small for his age. He has sticky-out ears and bright red hair which is also sticky up.
He attends Coalpits Road High School (or ‘The Pits’ as it is known locally) and lives with his mum. Pig is small for his age, but says his mum is huge for hers. She is a single mum but Pig says she looks more like a double mum or even a treble mum.
The latest book in the Hairy Mole series. Hairy Mole and his crew have entered a team in the one hundred and first pirate Olympic Games. But it’s not going to be plain sailing when they are up against the likes of Wee Gladys the Mad and the Pirate Pensioners.
The Beast of Hangman's Hill by Roger Hurn (from the Spook Squad series) and Boffin Boy and the Temples of Mars, by David Orme, have been selected for the
new 2012 'Bookbuzz' programme.
Bookbuzz is a new UK national programme for secondary schools in England.
Congratulations also to illustration maestro Peter Richardson, who illustrated both books.
You can read more on the Bookbuzz website, where you can also see the complete booklist for 2012.