Last Updated: Thursday, June 27, 2019

Useful literacy links

Tags: Literacy

What is this?

​This resource provides links to a range of useful websites, focus days and resources, all supporting literacy development.

Who is this for?

​All practitioners, 3-18, with an interest in increasing learners' engagement in literacy and developing their literacy skills.

Book Trust - Resources for schools
Educational resources to access online and download from the Book Trust website.

Books for All Scotland and Books for All Database
The Books for All project and database aims to support local authorities, teachers and other practitioners with the provision of adapted learning materials in accessible, alternative formats, for pupils who have difficulties reading ordinary printed books.

British Library: Texts in Context
Texts in Context is a collection of over 400 British Library texts. It includes menus for medieval banquets and handwritten recipes scribbled inside book covers. It opens up the first English dictionary ever written, reveals the shopping lists of the East India Company. It presents smugglers' songs, rare dialect recordings, and the logbooks of 18th century trading ships. These 'everyday' texts illustrate the many histories – social, cultural, economic, political, technical – within which language is used and produced.

Edwin Morgan
This website provides biographical information, poems, plays and essays, criticism and useful links on the poet Edwin Morgan. More information is available on the Scottish Poetry Library Edwin Morgan Archive.

Poetry Archive
The Poetry Archive makes and acquires recordings of poets from around the English-speaking world and makes substantial excerpts from them freely available online.

Robert Burns’ work recorded by the BBC
In this BBC project Radio Scotland is recording all of Robert Burns's poetic works. Some of Scotland's best-known actors including Billy Boyd, Alan Cumming, Siobhan Redmond, Elaine C Smith, Shirley Henderson, Richard Wilson and Brian Cox have performed his verse for the recordings.

Scottish Storytelling Centre
Attend the Centre in Edinburgh for live storytelling events, or organise a storyteller for your school or centre.

Knowledge of Language
This resource provides staff with further information about some of the common features of our language, such as parts of speech, punctuation, grammar and syntax, tricky spellings and common confusions.

Scottish Writers
An archive of Scottish writers, with links to biographical information, articles and readings of their work.

Scottish Poetry Library
The Scottish Poetry Library is a national resource and advocate for the art of poetry, and Scottish poetry in particular.

Words for life
Website to promote the benefits of reading at all stages of life, to provide opportunities, health, family happiness and overall enjoyment. There are different sections of the site for young children, teenagers, families and adults. The site resulted from the 2008 National Year of Reading and is run by the National Literacy Trust.

World Book Day
World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and, most importantly, of reading. The resource pack provides ideas for events and activities, as well as a voucher for a free book for every child.