Reading and Literacy Organizations

American Library Association (ALA)

Information on all things library related.  Association news, Issues and Advocacy, and Professional Tools are just a few of the topic areas covered at this site.


The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents is an independent assembly of NCTE.  ALAN is made up of teachers, authors, librarians, publishers, teacher-educators and their students, and others who are particularly interested in the area of young adult literature. The website includes access to an electronic archive of The ALAN Review containing articles on YA literature and its teaching, interviews with authors, reports on publishing trends, current research on YA literature, a section of reviews of new books, and ALAN membership news.


CommonLit delivers high-quality, free instructional materials to support literacy development for students in grades 3-12. Teachers can either print materials or assign them online through a classroom function.


The name says it all.  Locate information regarding IRA activities including conference and regional workshop information, extensive listing of professional publications, membership information and member only services. The teacher tools section is quite extensive containing lesson planning ideas and access to current research.


The Illinois Reading Council provides statewide leadership and support for literacy initiatives throughout Illinois.  As the state chapter of the International Reading Association, the IRC supports local reading councils and statewide interest groups, such as the Secondary Reading League.  Find information regarding IRC programs and initiatives, grant program applications and information regarding its statewide literacy conference.  All SRL members should make frequents visits to this site!

National Center for Family Literacy

Details about initiatives, research and statistics on literacy, newsletter, projects, a FAQ, press releases, and links to community programs.


An expansive site containing a wealth of information about the organization, its varied services, education policy and practical information for teachers.  The teaching resources center is perhaps most useful, containing information on summer reading programs, adolescent literacy, grammar, ELL learners, classroom based assessments, literacy coaching and lots more. If you’re willing to spend a bit of time you will locate plenty of useful information.

National Reading Panel

The National Reading  Panel is extremely influential in areas of literacy policy.  While no longer meeting as an active research group, NRP reports are still considered the standard in assessing research based approaches to reading instruction. You can access all NRP reports from their site.

Read Write Think

Providing educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction.


ReadingQuest  is a website designed for engaging  students with the content in their social studies classroom. ReadingQuest provides you with  sound comprehension strategies instruction, a range of comprehension and content reading strategies, and printable handouts and masters for transparencies.


ReadWorks is a website that contains a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts that can be leveled to a student’s lexile. Teachers are able to create classes or print articles right from the site. Each text includes an activity such as vocabulary, comprehension questions, or written responses.

Web English Teacher

An extensive collection of professional Resources and links for English/Language Arts Teachers.  A wide array of topics are included; at last count 21 different language arts topic areas were included at this site.

Writing Center University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

A variety of resources for writing categorized by structure, style, context, and field of study. Students or educators can use this as a one-stop-shop to receive help and examples for any writing project.


The Young Adult Library Services Association main page. Visit this page to find links to information about YALSA activities and programs, including TEEN READ WEEK.  The site contains a nice professional development center with resources intended to support work with YA readers.

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