Firstly, happy World Book Night!
Everyone here at Ransom is so excited about our upcoming YA fiction release, One Would Think The Deep, which has come all the way from the sunny coast of Australia, and reminds us exactly how far we bookworms will reach to grab the next big page-turner. But, especially today, we realise how important it is to reach out and share literature with everyone, regardless of location, wealth or age.
Tonight, in its 8th year, book-lovers across the nation come together to celebrate World Book Night by reaching out and sharing their love of reading with those who otherwise struggle to get their hands on decent reading materials. Organised by the sensational Reading Agency, books will be given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those who don’t regularly read, gifted through organisations such as prisons, youth centres, mental health groups, hospitals, care homes and homeless shelters. The impact that this night has each year is simply phenomenal, with positivity and newfound passion exuding from its participants, and this year promises to be even bigger and better than ever.
The night takes its lead from World Book Day, the hugely successful celebration of children’s literature, which gets the nation’s schoolchildren, and of course their teachers, running around dressed as well-beloved book characters. Encouraging children to read is so readily promoted, that it is often overlooked that adults need the same enthusiasm to be aimed their way. Hence, the importance of World Book Night, and its unwavering commitment to inspiring adults to become confident and enthusiastic readers. Tonight, like-minded adults who struggle, or are reluctant, to read, can come together at sophisticated events just for them – click here to find out what is happening near you!
Here at Ransom, we are enthusiastic advocates of adult literacy, and want to support World Book Night in their inspiring work with adults. We are proud that several Ransom series are dedicated to adult literacy, and have proved to be very successful in improving literacy skills without patronising the adults who desperately need them. Take a look at our previous blog to find out how we have been helping those in prison turn their lives around, with the help of organisations including The Reading Agency themselves. Alternatively, click here for our guidance on supporting adult literacy and the Ransom series that can be used to help.
And finally, here’s a preview of the brilliant books being given away this year. It’s going to be a night to remember!