For School Librarians

Here at Ransom, we produce books that kids, adults and young adults really want to read. The carefully levelled texts, well thought-out structure, great design and illustrations all makes our books ideal for motivating reluctant readers and making real progress with struggling readers. This makes them the perfect addition for your library.

Of course, when you first open our catalogue, it can be hard to know exactly where to start. It seems that we have a lot of books, and we do. Once categorised however, understanding Ransom books becomes a lot simpler.

We at Ransom publish three types of books:

  • High-Low Reading Titles

  • Reading Programmes

  • Young Adult Fiction (via our imprint Raven)

High-Low Reading

High-low reading titles are designed for those with lower reading ages, but attract kids of older ages (interest age) so that they can have appropriate content. We release titles in a whole range of genres, so we hope that you find something that suits your readers’ needs and interests.

If the problem is not necessarily struggling readers but reluctant ones, we also have our Cold Fusion series for 8-12 year olds. These books are for children who are bright, perhaps they’ve been identified as a Gifted and Talented student, but for whom general fiction has low appeal. They incorporate mathematical and scientific elements, or instead focus on historical fact.

Many of our books are sold in packs of 6, and you can also buy packs that include workbooks (which you can photocopy to your heart’s content!).

Reading Programmes

If your student needs a more structured approach to reading, Ransom release a range of Reading Programme titles, known as Ransom Reading Stars.

These adhere to the standard phonics and book band requirements that schools teach, as well as providing advanced bands in a similar way to Oxford University Press.

We also provide titles for those who still require guided reading programmes even if they’re a bit older. Our Reading Stars Plus range caters to those aged between 8-12, and Neutron Stars range for those aged 13+. Both of these ranges include titles across all of the book bands.

Young Adult Fiction

In 2016, Ransom launched Raven, a fresh imprint releasing exciting, contemporary reads for young adults. These are for teenagers who already love reading.We also have discussion questions for readers which are available online.

As well as this, thanks to our Search tool, you can search through our catalogue with very little hassle. You are able to separate books by multiple categories including: Title, Author, ISBN,  Book Band (organised from lowest to highest), Accelerated Reader specs, Reading Age, Interest Age and more. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to find the right books; we hope this helps.

We hope that you can trust Ransom, as many have over the years. We have established our position as one of the leading publishers in the field of titles for struggling and reluctant readers, and have even won a number of awards. These include the Carnegie and Educational Resources Award, alongside other familiar names. 

Free Resources

Here at Ransom we have a range of free resources for you to use and keep to spruce up your library. Our posters are full colour A3 posters from a range of our series including our latest YA novels and our Reluctant Readers programs. We also have both paper bookmarks and magnetic bookmarks avaliable for order. We also provide discussion questions for readers for all our Raven titles.

Posters and Downloads

Readers' Notes


Ransom's School Consultants

Library Packs

Reluctant and Struggling readers

Teenage Fiction