The organisations listed below adopt various strategies and campaigns to promote books and reading throughout the UK and beyond. Their activities include organising conferences, undertaking research, creating resources, developing collections, writing newsletters and publications. Awareness of these groups and their activities and priorities is invaluable to anyone researching children's literature.
The sites below aim to inspire young people to read more. They are useful in establishing authors and illustrators currently in the limelight, current issues, and reading initiatives.
The following sites are particularly useful for giving a good overview of children's literature focussing on academic work and research.
RSS stands for rich site summary or really simple syndication. It's a format for funnelling constantly updated information, like news, from different web sources into a single point of access, meaning you only have to visit one site instead of several. You may have noticed the RSS icon on webpages before but not realised what it was; it's a small orange box containing what looks like a wi-fi symbol (put 'rss icon' into a Google image search to see what one looks like).
To use RSS you will need to sign up to a feed reader or news aggregator like for example Digg or Feedly and, when you're ready, go to the sites you are interested in and subscribe to the RSS feeds. You can then view the aggregated feeds via your chosen reader.