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Our experience working with children, teachers and parents has shown us that it can be really tricky finding and navigating the vast amount of information and resources available to support children's reading for pleasure ! As we have often said at our Roadshow events, we want to signpost the fantastic resources, websites and organisations that help encourage children's creativity.


Reading for pleasure impacts on all areas of a child’s development and with this in mind we have created this Directory to help all those supporting children – whether in a professional or parental capacity.  We have chosen organisations and resources that have been really useful in our experience working in schools and the community, and that reflect our passion for helping children reach their full potential and discover a lifelong love for stories with all the benefits that this entails. A work in progress, we will be adding to the Directory regularly so watch this space! Click on the logos to take you to each website.

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Barrington Stoke publish absolutely brilliant children's books with the aim of breaking down the barriers that stop kids getting into reading. Each book has accessible features such as tinted paper, dyslexia friendly font and short achievable reads by some of our most well-loved authors including Michael Morpurgo and Malorie Blackman.  Books are published for early years to teens.

Useful for:

  • readers with dyslexia

  • reluctant readers

  • building reading stamina

  • quick reads

  • help with book choice

  • Young Editors - a wonderful scheme involving children in the creative writing process.

Books for Keeps is a wonderful online magazine focused on children's books and  all aspects of writing and illustration. Author interviews and articles on all things centred on the world of children's books make this essential reading! As it's available for download the magazine is easily accessible and there is a huge archive of past issues so you can catch up easily.

Useful for:

  • all those interested in children's books

  • parents, teachers, librarians

  • reviews and recommendations

  • Children's Book Awards

  • issues around reading

  • finding out about authors and illustrators

Empathy Lab is an incredible organisation that aims to harness the power of stories to help children develop empathy. Underpinned by extensive scientific research, this new organisation is  working with schools, authors and libraries to develop programmes that will encourage the development of empathy and thereby lead to social change. Empathy Day was launched this year with great success.

Useful for:

  • all those working with children (especially schools, teachers, librarians)

  • authors and illustrators

  • those interested in social and mental health of children

  • parents concerned with social justice

  • access to research bank  

Bookbuzz is a brilliant reading programme for schools run by Booktrust. The aim of the initiative is to inspire a love of reading in Year 7 and 8 students by providing a book for each participating child, via their school. Registration is really straightforward and schools receive a pack to help support the programme including downloadable resources.

Useful for:

  • encouraging a reading culture

  • librarians, teachers and literacy co-ordintaors

  • introducing new books and authors to students

  • supporting SEN students with accessible reads

  • great website and supporting resources

"Bookbuzz really works!"

"We aim to make a real difference to thousands of children’s lives, story by story."

"We hold a mirror up to the children’s book world and reflects back its output, issues and preoccupations with intelligence, scholarship and wit.”



"The home of super-readable books!"

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Carousel The Guide to Children's Books is published three times a year and is full of information about the world of children's books. From babies to young adult books, there's something for everyone with fiction, non fiction and poetry covered. The editorial team believe that "every child has the right to be presented with appropriate books". We couldn't agree more!

Useful for:

  • all those interested in children's books

  • parents, teachers, librarians

  • reviews and recommendations

  • news from the world of children's books

  • finding out about authors and illustrators


"Bringing you up to date with what's happening in the children's books world"

Discover & Be is an educational service offering wonderful creative learning experiences for children. Their weekly parent and child multi-sensory play sessions for 6months - 4 year olds are always themed on a picture book, offering opportunities to get creative through stories.  Music, art and movement are celebrated and children encouraged to express themselves in their own way.  

Useful for:

  • early years learning

  • regular creative play

  • early introduction to stories

  • tutoring support

  • music lessons

  • private academic tuition

  • parent workshops

  • one to on consultation

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"Discover and Be is simply fabulous!"


The Federation of Children's Book Groups  is a national voluntary self-funded organisation who promote enjoyment and interest in children’s books and reading. Children's book groups are a great way to do this and the FCBG's membership includes parents, teachers, librarians with  lots of opportunities to get involved to help share a love of books and reading.

Useful for:

  • parents, professionals and organisations

  • encouraging reading engagement

  • booklists, adivce and ideas

  • Children's Book Award

  • Non-fiction November

  • Share-a-story month


The Branford Boase Book Award takes place annually and recognises both the author and editor of a debut children's book.  Past winners include some of our most succesful authors.  Running alongside this is the Henrietta Branford Writing competition encouraging writing talent in the under 18s.  The BBA really is an exciting award to follow.

Useful for:

  • all those interested in children's books

  • children and parents

  • teachers, librarians

  • finding out about new authors and new books

  • A great backlist of previous shortlisted titles and of course winners!

"Hurrah for the Federation of Children's Book Groups"

Elizabeth Laird

"Bringing you up to date with what's happening in the children's books world"

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CLPE is an independent UK charity who promote high standards in the teaching of literacy, emphasising the importance of books and literature in enabling children to become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers.  They offer fantastic training and development; brilliant free resources;  are home to a children's reference library and run the annual CLiPPA award for poetry.

Useful for:

  • whole school training

  • teachers and school librarians

  • literacy development

  • free resources, lesson plans

  • reading lists

  • library consultancy

  • teaching through picture books

  • knowledge of children's books

"Quality children's literature at the heart of all learning"