New Leaf Books
New Leaf Books
Telephone: 07984 241 863
Adults non-readers are poorly served. Fluffy bunny stories and chopped up versions of classics are in abundance, but accessible, attractive and contemporary books for adult learner-readers are still in short supply. New Leaf aims to fill this gap; we believe that the most interesting and stimulating material for adult beginner readers is that generated by themselves. Our work is inclusive - learners are encouraged to take part in creative reading and writing activities; their stories are fascinating and often eloquently told. This is our starting point, real stories. We then provide the help needed to get it down on paper. Adult literacy learners know what interests them and what helps and hinders their learning. We recognise and utilise this expertise and put all our efforts into publishing short, high quality, professionally illustrated titles written by adult learners themselves.
In recent months we have been working in partnership with the Writers in Prison Network. The resulting publications are 6 life stories: attractively illustrated, short 300 word insights into the real life stories of prisoners. The books are accompanied by an audio CD with both a listening and a slow read to support adults working on their reading skills or for those starting out on reading for pleasure.
"These books not only provide welcome reading material but can be used in reading groups or as stimulus for speaking and listening or writing, using learners' memories and experiences.
Let's have more of this kind of publishing! "
Reviewed by Dr Jan Eldred, Associate Director for Literacy, Language and Numeracy, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education