Use the links below to access the resources from the Children’s Library Workforce eLearning course.
- Literature Review: The impact of reading for pleasure and empowerment (.pdf)
- The National Literacy Trust’s 2014 annual survey on Young People’s Reading (.pdf)
- OFCOM Media Use and Attitudes Report (.pdf)
Great websites to provide reading ideas for children:
An independent magazine- e-published every 2 months with news, reviews, editorial, letters page, articles and regular features about children’s books and reading. Go to www.booksforkeeps.co.uk for more information and searchable archive.
Published three times a year. The contents of each issue include new book reviews ranging from babies to young adults and covering fiction, poetry and information. Alongside are articles and in-depth interviews with authors and illustrators. Read sample reviews and news and find subscription details at http://www.carouselguide.co.uk/
Has some excellent recommendations for less confident and keen readers
Have information on their site and targeted books that support reluctant readers
Have information on their site and targeted books that support reluctant readersDyslexia
The British Dyslexia Association is a useful organisation to signpost parents, carers and teachers towards
Has a range of resources (including books) useful for individuals with dyslexiaVisual Impairment
Some children with severe visual impairment need differentiated books – perhaps giant print, Braille or audio editions. The Royal National Institute for the Blind Library might be a helpful site to explore and recommend.
A charity that provides audio books for people whose sight is poor and who struggle with reading or who have other disabilities that prevents people reading print.There are numerous campaigns to try to ensure that children’s publishing represents the diversity of its audience. You might find it useful to explore links for some of the following:
A grassroots organisation that campaigns for change from the publishing sector. Their most recent campaigns can be followed by searching social media using #weneeddiversebooks.
A collective of professionals and like-minded individual committed to ensuring children’s publishing is inclusive in its make-up and outputs.
This company specialises in children’s books which celebrate equality and diversity. They highlight a different book each week.
The Schools Library Service (SCL) website.
- SCL Universal Offers poster (.pdf)
- Book Trust
- Book Sorter
- Reading Hack
- Bookstart tips
- The Reading Agency
A link to the Chatterbooks guide on the Reading Agency website.
- Storybook Dads
- Bag Books
- Code Green
- Get Safe Online
A government service which provides advice to parents, teachers and other adults working with children.
The well-known charity provides specific advice regarding online safeguarding.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre – a UK police agency that provides an online safety centre.
- Arts Council England
Arts Council England research on the benefits of public libraries.
- Wellbeing measure
How to measure children and young people’s wellbeing.
- How books saved my life
An article on the benefits of books by Matt Haig.
- Mental Health
- Young Minds
- The Reading Well