85th Anniversary

Celebrate 85 years of the SLA

The 23rd January 2022 is the SLA's 85th birthday! 

What are the plans?

23rd January - our birthday launches the SLA Birthday Giveaway, where members can win 85 books for their school! Find out more below. 

Check our News page for some of the history of the SLA, including our early links to the Department for Education, why the 1944 Education Act is our favourite, and which well-known Second World War author we have history with...

There are more plans underway, so we'll keep updating this page with memories and facts about the SLA. Have you contributed your memories of the SLA yet?

In the meantime, you can find out more about the SLA's history here.

Of course, one of the key events is always the Weekend Course, and next year will be no different. It's a welcome point that in our 85th year we'll be hosting our first ever hybrid weekend course and we'll continue to evolve and respond to our members' needs. You can find out more about the 2022 Weekend Course here.

Alongside exciting events taking place throughout the year, as part of our anniversary celebrations we're asking members past and present to share their memories of the SLA. These could be events, Weekend Courses, friends you've met or any advocacy work that you're proud of. 

We hope you'll consider sharing your special memories to help us highlight all the different impacts the SLA has had over its 85 years, and we look forward to celebrating with you!

Share your memory

Birthday Giveaway!

To kickstart our 85th year we are running our biggest ever book give away in partnership with a whole host of generous publishers. They are:

  • b Small
  • Barrington Stoke
  • Bloomsbury
  • Cicada Books
  • Fine Feather Press
  • Firefly
  • Flying Eye
  • Gecko Press
  • Hachette
  • Knights Of
  • Neon Squid
  • Nobrow
  • Pegasus
  • PI Kids
  • Quarto group
  • Ransom
  • Simon and Schuster
  • Sunbird Books
  • UCLAN Publishing
  • Walker

Together we’re delivering a giveaway where two lucky schools (one primary, one secondary) have the chance to WIN 85 brand new books for their students. 


The competition is open to SLA members only and closes 9am on Tuesday 25th January – so get your entry in quick! 

There are also 15 runner-up prizes of smaller reading group sets. 

Winners will be contacted by email by the end of the week commencing 24th January 2022. Make sure other members can get involved - share using #CelebrateSLA 

Good luck!