There are a number of organisations and charities who work in the arena of information literacy and reading for pleasure. The SLA enjoys strong partnerships with the organisations below, and they offer some fantastic resources and support.
School Library Services (SLS) are library services offered to schools - all phases and sectors - by local authorities. The way each service operates varies around the country. SLSs are run by experienced, qualified librarians who have knowledge of the curriculum and of children's literature. They offer schools incredible value for money:
Even if your own authority SLS no longer exists, a neighbouring SLS may offer you some if not all services.
For further links to SLSs: School Library ServicesSLS-UK
At The Reading Agency we work every day towards a world where everyone is reading their way to a better life.
We mean everyone - from toddlers to children to young adults, prisoners and older people - irrespective of age or economic background. We believe that reading can tackle life's big challenges, from social mobility to mental health - and we're determined that no one is left behind as we strive towards realising our vision.
Read more: The Reading Agency
The NLT are an independent charity dedicated to giving disadvantaged children the literacy skills they need to succeed. They work to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK's poorest communities, where one in three people have literacy problems. Because low literacy is intergenerational, they focus their work on families, young people and children.
Go to the National Literacy Trust website.
BookTrust get children reading in lots of different ways, but our priority is to get more children excited about books, rhymes and stories – because if reading is fun, children will want to do it. We run nationwide programmes – like our flagship programme Bookstart. We reach millions of families across the country each year with books, resources and advice to encourage parents and carers to start reading with their babies right from the beginning.
BookTrust are also responsible for running the Children's Laureate, which has now been running for over 10 years. The current Children's Laureate is Cressida Cowell.
Go to BookTrust website.
EmpathyLab is the first organisation to build children's empathy, literacy and social activism through a systematic use of high quality literature. Their strategy builds on new scientific evidence showing the power of reading to build real-life empathy skills. They believe that empathy is a beacon of hope in a divided world.
Empathy Lab run Empathy Day, release empathy booklists, highlight research, and run training.
Go to the Empathy Lab website.
They create exciting and original videos in which children’s authors share their unique approach to writing and pass on their love for literacy. Each author masterclass comes complete with a series of videos and a cross-curricular scheme of work, plus extract downloads, chapter readings and more. You can even upload your students’ work via your account page and win feedback from the authors themselves.
Go to the Authorfy website.
World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
Go to the World Book Day website.
CILIP is the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, the UK’s library and information association. They work to improve services, develop members’ expertise and champion the sector. We are the only independent voice for the UK’s information profession. We are guided by our Royal Charter to develop and improve library and information services, and by being a charity to act in the public good.
ILG - The Information Literacy Group (ILG) encourages debate and the exchange of knowledge in all aspects of information literacy. They support the Teen Tech Awards and publish the Journal of Information Literacy (JIL).
SLG - The School Libraries Group (SLG). The SLG is committed to enabling its members to achieve and maintain the highest professional standards, and encouraging and supporting them in the delivery and promotion of high quality library and information services responsive to the needs of users.
YLG - The Youth Libraries Group (YLG). YLG promotes excellence in children and young people's literature by organising, judging and publicising the most prestigious children's book award in the UK - the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals - and producing the Youth Library Review magazine.
Read for Good’s vision is for all children in the UK to be given the opportunity, space and motivation to develop their own love of reading, benefiting them throughout their lives – for good.
One of the reasons kids don’t read is lack of motivation. One of the things that motivates kids is helping other kids. One of their simple (but brilliant) ideas is to link the two through Readathon. They are also working to maximise the books and support that schools receive - part through providing SLA membership.
Go to the Read for Good website.
The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education is a charity working with all those involved in teaching literacy in primary schools. Our work raises the achievement of children by helping schools to teach literacy more effectively and showing teachers how quality children’s literature can be placed at the heart of all learning.
Go to the CLPE website.