Cambridge University Press Takes Young Readers on an Adventure

Cambridge University Press has collaborated with University College London Institute of Education (IOE) and award-winning authors to create a new primary guided reading series, Cambridge Reading Adventures.

This engaging new series will enable teachers to create a structured literacy learning route, which children will both benefit from, and enjoy.

Cambridge reading adventures


The series has been grouped into 11 Book Bands to ensure that reading challenge across the series supports teacher decision making and progress in literacy.

The 90 titles cover a wide range of subjects at each child’s unique reading level, including fictional tales, traditional settings, animal adventures and historically based and factual stories, as well as plots featuring real and imagined worlds that children can explore.

Titles include Leela can Skate by Alison Hawes and Late for School by Claire Llewellyn, both authors chosen for their expertise in children’s education and teaching.

Leela Can Skate

Edward Rippeth, Head of Primary at Cambridge University Press, said: “Children will thoroughly enjoy the adventures their reading will take them on with this series, which will instil in them, from a young age, the enjoyment and potential value of a ‘good book’.

Cambridge University Press has developed this series of books for children who are learning to read across the globe and for whom English may or may not be their first language – it is the perfect resource to support children in their pursuit of reading for pleasure.”

“Each of the stories is exciting and interesting, of high quality and contains culturally relevant reading material for children around the world. We’re thrilled to have developed this series to inspire children to read and to show we care about the experiences of young readers.”

Each book in the series follows the IOE Book Bands framework and supports the entire reading journey; from a child who is completely new to reading through to becoming a confident and independent reader.

The books in the programme use impeccable and rigorous pedagogy and are structured in such a way that parents and older children are able to follow a clear progressive route, in line with the reader’s linguistic improvement, gradually exposing each child to more advanced words, and a level of content which is suitable for his or her age.

Written and edited by carefully selected authors who have been chosen for their expertise in children’s education and teaching, and who bring English language to life for learners, Cambridge Reading Adventures features notable names such as Lauri Kubuitsile, Jonathan and Angela Scott and Ian Whybrow, best known for the million-selling series Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs.

The series is edited by Sue Bodman and Glen Franklin who are national leaders at the IOE’s International Literacy Centre. Both Sue and Glen are experienced teachers and adult educators, and are published authors in their own right. They are the editors of the highly influential ‘Which Book and Why: using Book Bands and book levels for guided reading in Key Stage 1’.

Professor Andrew Brown, interim Director UCL Institute of Education, Professor of Education and Society, explained: “Cambridge Reading Adventures is designed for young children learning to read for whom English is a first or second language, all over the world! The series has resulted in texts designed specifically for guided reading and we are proud to be involved with a venture that seeks to improve the experience of learning to read, for parents and their children.”

About Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press is the publishing business of the University of Cambridge. Granted letters patent by Henry VIII in 1534, it is the oldest publishing house and second-largest university press in the world. The department of the University of Cambridge is both an academic and educational publisher with a global presence in more than 40 countries, publishing over 50,000 titles by authors from over 100 countries.

About Cambridge Reading Adventures

The exciting reading scheme has been created in collaboration between Cambridge University Press and the UCL Institute of Education. Created to provide more than a series of books, it is designed around a pedagogical approach that is child centred. As well as high quality, engaging texts for children, the series contains materials for professional development.

About the UCL Institute of Education

The UCL Institute of Education is a world-leader specialising in education and the social sciences. Founded in 1902, the Institute currently has more than 7,000 students and 800 staff. In the 2014 and 2015 QS World University Rankings, the Institute was ranked number one for Education worldwide. It was shortlisted in the ‘University of the Year’ category of the 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) awards. In January 2014, the Institute was recognised by Ofsted for its ‘outstanding’ initial teacher training across primary, secondary and further education. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 94% of our research was judged to be world class. On 2 December 2014, the Institute became a single-faculty school of UCL, called the UCL Institute of Education.

About UCL (University College London)

Founded in 1826, UCL was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, the first to admit students regardless of race, class, religion or gender, and the first to provide systematic teaching of law, architecture and medicine. We are among the world’s top universities, as reflected by performance in a range of international rankings and tables. UCL currently has over 35,000 students from 150 countries and over 11,000 employees. Our annual income is over £1bn. | Follow us on Twitter @uclnews | Watch our YouTube channel

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