About ALCS

ALCS, the Author’s Licensing and Collecting Society, is a not-for-profit membership organisation started by writers for the benefit of writers.

ALCS and CILIP have been in partnership for over a decade. ALCS’ long-term support for the Medals and accompanying shadowing scheme has meant that every year thousands of young people have enjoyed high-quality creative resources and activities that support reading for pleasure and encourage deeper thinking about the outstanding writing and illustration on the shortlists. We enormously value our partnership with ALCS that brings librarians and authors together to celebrate the best books for young people and promote copyright education.

Download Copyright Resources

ALCS provides education resources and activities to help children and young people understand the importance of copyright. And guidance notes for teachers. Click on the icons below to download these resources.

ALCS asked the 2023 Shortlistees about valuable advice they have been given

Watch the Authors’ answers now.
Watch now the Illustrators’ answers.

Take a look at our 2022 Shortlisted Authors and Illustrators discussing why copyright is important