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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.
This year we have a brand new reading programme, plus a number of completely new series such as Reading Stars, Toxic and The Outer Reaches, and we welcome a number of new authors as well as many familiar favourite writers.
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 brand-new, fresh reading programme for younger children. Ninety books at fifteen levels - covering phonics and Book Bands Pink through to Lime. Developed in consultation with Book Band expert Shirley Bickler. More...
A new series of action and adventure fiction for reluctant readers aged 9–12. These are great reads from writer Jonny Zucker, with one title from John Townsend. Each story is a stand-alone read, with an adventurous theme and fast-moving action.
In a world inhabited by two distinct humanoid species, the majors and outers, teenage detectives Troy Goodhart (major) and Lexi Four (outer) are challenged by a series of mysterious and gruesome crimes. Drawing on the best of science-fiction, mystery and crime fiction, The Outer Reaches is perfect for inquisitive and demanding readers.
Fifteen brand-new, never before published titles in this series. These are fast-paced, shorter novels (just 64pp each) for older readers (12 plus) who may find longer books too daunting, but who still want the excitement of a great story told with pace and style. Perfect for less-able readers.
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.