Reader resources

This page provides links to various other websites so that new readers, with support from their coaches, can easily access useful online literacy resources.

Please note that some of the websites will be too complicated for readers who are working on Yes we can read, and should only be used, when appropriate, at the Moving Ahead stage.

Developed by The Shannon Trust, Turning Pages consists of five manuals which can be worked through at the pace of the learner in short bursts of 20 minutes at a time. Accompanying the Turning Pages manuals are 30 reading books, written to interest adult emergent readers.

Designed to accompany the Yes We Can Read manual, this video sets the phonic sounds to music. Essentially for children, but fun for coaches and readers too.

The British Dyslexia Association has a range of technology support for people with dyslexia and offers lots of useful advice, such as which typefaces to use.

A useful website where you can see and hear someone speaking the phonic sounds of the alphabet and other letter blends.

Another useful video explaining phonic sounds plus a further 16  two letter blends.

The Six Book Challenge run by the Reading Agency invites you to choose six reads, review them, and enter prize draws. It’s a great challenge for Read Easy readers to take up at some point and you can find out more about it from your local library and the website below:

A large but useful website with several printable resources – use the literacy tab then navigate around the site using key words.

Easy News uses simplified text and useful pictures to provide people with learning disabilities with easy to understand, politically neutral summaries of key news stories and events.

This is a huge resource with lots of interactive activities for many different levels of ability.  Coaches and readers working on the Moving Ahead stage may find something useful there. Do explore it, but use it with discretion.

Quick Reads are short, easy to read books for adults, all written by well known authors, but only suitable for readers who have reached the Moving Ahead stage.  The website has an ‘About the Books’ section and a useful Resources page that provides activities to go with some of the books.

Eclipse Crossword is a completely free downloadable program that is fast and powerful but easy enough for students to use to create their own puzzles – whilst practising spelling and sentence writing (for the clues) at the same time! Please note that this programme does not work on an Apple Mac device.

A series of 48 books for adult learners presented in 4 steps which range in difficulty. Illustrated text and vocabulary have been carefully structured and each book has suggested activities and word lists.

Buster is Nigel’s cat (and Nigel is part of Read Easy Barnstaple). At Buster’s Patch you can read a whole range of amusing short stories about what Buster gets up to.