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   20/05/2018 - 09:50 AM

Reading Blog: Q&A with Melvin Burgess, hosted by Hannah ...

Q&A with Melvin Burgess

19 April 2018, 6.30pm | The Portico Library, Manchester

IBBY UK and the Portico Library are pleased to present a Q&A session with author Melvin Burgess. A patron of The Portico Library, Melvin is an award-winning author of children's and young adult fiction. Often referred to as 'the godfather of teen fiction' by the British press, his novel Junk, published in 1996, was widely lauded for its realistic portrayal of youth, drugs and sex. He was nominated by the UK for the prestigious 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award, which is presented biennially by IBBY. Previous winners of the award have included Tove Jansson and David Almond.

The event will be chaired by Hannah Kate, a poet and short-story writer based in Manchester whose work has appeared in various national magazines. As well as an academic, she is a presenter for North Manchester FM radio station and the host of a popular literature show, Hannah's Bookshelf, every Saturday with various authors.

After an introduction and dialogue with Melvin Burgess, Hannah will open the floor to questions from the audience.

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   20/05/2018 - 09:50 AM

Reading Blog: Resources for The Chosen Ones by Scarlett ...

This resource pack is based on The Chosen Ones, the second book in The
Worldquake Sequence from Scarlett Thomas
– author of Dragon’s Green.
It is a modern classic of adventure that will not only transport you away
from the classroom to the fantastical Otherworld, but also spark the
imaginations of all of the magical minds in your class (and yes, we know
there are many…)!

The lessons in this Pack serve as a mini scheme of work with literacy
objectives, providing material for four or more KS2 lessons – perfect
for classes of any ability in Years 5–6. The aim of these lessons is for the
children to improve their reading comprehension and inference skills –
taking their understanding of the text to a more sophisticated level.
So it’s time to pack your magical books and get ready for a reading
adventure. YOU are the chosen ones, and the journey starts here…
For more information about The Worldquake Sequence,
visit www.worldquake.co.uk.

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   20/05/2018 - 09:50 AM

Beyond Behaviour Management. An Introduction to Effective ...


Our course Beyond Behaviour Management. An Introduction to Effective Engagement for Learning in the Secondary School Library, run by Jerry Hurst, will be held at Eamont Room, Newton Rigg Conference Centre, Newton Rigg College, Newton Rigg, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0AH on 26 April 2018.

The purpose of this training is to enable secondary school library staff to develop or increase awareness, confidence, knowledge and skills, in order to engage positively or more positively with students in their Library.

The closing date is 10 April 2018. Bookings received by 29 March 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (non-members of the SLA working in Cumbria SLS schools), £150 (non members of either group). Additional discounts available for second place delegates (accompanying a full paying individual from the same school).

Key Audience: secondary school library staff

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   20/05/2018 - 09:50 AM

Job Vacancies-Assistant Librarian: St Paul's Girls' School: ...


St Paul's Girls' School

Assistant Librarian

25 hours per week, 38 weeks per year

Circa £15,000

This part-time post will support the Librarian in providing an effective library service at the school. Providing a high standard of customer service is central to the job. In addition to cataloguing new resources and arranging library displays, the role will assist in promoting the libraries as a quiet place of study and optimising the use of resources, both print and online.  The working hours will cover afternoon/evening sessions, five days per week.

To apply you will have a good degree and experience of using a library for study or research. You must possess excellent interpersonal skills and be motivated to work with young people in an education setting. Good organisational skills are essential.

St Paul's Girls' School is one of the country's leading independent secondary day schools for girls aged 11-18. Housed in a grade II listed building on Brook Green, the school provides excellent facilities and is easily accessed by public transport (zone 2). 

Follow the link to our careers site https://spgs.schoolrecruiter.co.uk/ to access further details, or contact our recruitment line on 020 7605 4875. Our on-line application form, including a supporting statement and full CV should be received by noon on the specified closing date. 

Closing date: Friday 13 April 2018, noon
Interviews: Friday 20 April 2018

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and the successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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   20/05/2018 - 09:50 AM

Information Book Award: SLA Information Book Award Longlist ...

The SLA Information Book Award received a wide range of submissions for consideration for the 2018 award. Chris Brown, the Chair of the judges commented:

 “More books than ever before were submitted for the 7-12 age group including a great many really good books. This is immensely satisfying although it certainly increased the difficulties of the task of judging and so we decided to include 12 titles in the long-list for this age group.

 A superb, thorough and beautifully illustrated reference book: Encyclopaedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, by Eric Hoyt, Firefly Books, was submitted but seems to be ideal for anybody of any age with a particular interest in this subject, so unfortunately did not fit into the age categories for this prize.”

 (NB – Publishers submit books in age groups they define: judges reserve the right to move any titles to an alternative educationally appropriate age group.)

The School Library Association Information Book Award longlist for 2018 is -

7 and Under

Barr, Catherine; Williams, Steve and Husband, Amy

 The Story of Space, Frances Lincoln, 9781847807489

Beese, Ava, Lilli and Nick

 Proud to be Deaf, Wayland, 9781526302182

Davies, Nicola and Scobie, Lorna

The Variety of Life, Hodder, 9781444931198

Gervais, Bernadette

The Ladybird, Laurence King Publishing, 9781786270016

Glynne, Andy and Maldonado, Salvador

Summer’s Story – Living with Epilepsy, Watts, 9781445156668

Markel, Michelle and Carpenter, Nancy

Balderdash! John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books, Chronicle Books, 9780811879224

Oliver, Narelle

Rock Pool Secrets, Walker, 9781406358773


Look I’m a Scientist, Dorling Kindersley, 9780241231074


 My Encyclopedia of Very Important Animals, Dorling Kindersley, 9780241276358

Zommer, Yuval

The Big Book of Beasts, Thames and Hudson, 9780500651063


7 – 12

 Brake, Mark and Kearney, Brendan

The Big Earth Book, Lonely Planet, 9781787012776

Druvert, Hélène with Druvert, Jean-Claude: translated by David H Wilson

Anatomy, Thames and Hudson, 9780500651360   

Gifford, Clive

Ground Control to Major Tim, Wayland, 9781526300959

Giuliani, Emma and Saturno, Carole

Egyptomania, Laurence King Publishing, 9781786270900

Ignotofsky, Rachel

Women in Science, Wren & Rook, 9781526360519

Lamothe, Matt

This is How We Do It, Chronicle Books, 9781452150185

Manning, Mick and Granström, Brita     

Books, Books, Books, Otter-Barry Books, 9781910959985

Martineau, Susan and Barker, Vicky

Real-Life Mysteries – Can You Explain the Unexplained?

B small Publishing, 9781911509080

Prasadam-Halls, Smriti and Woodward, Jonathan

The Ways of The Wolf, Wren & Rook, 9781526360304

Rooney, Anne and Gilleard, James

Dinosaur Atlas, Lonely Planet, 9781786577184

Taylor, Barbara (author) et al

The Ultimate Guide – Shark, Miles Kelly Publishing, 9781786172457


100 Things to Know About Food, Usborne, 9781409598619

 12 – 16

 Bertie, Alex

Trans Mission, My Quest to a Beard, Wren & Rook, 9781526360687

Brunelle, Julie and Wood, Peter

The Artist in You, Watts, 9781445151694

Kullab, Samya; Roche, Jackie and Freiheit, Mike

Escape From Syria, Firefly Books, 9781770859821

Lamé, Amy                

From Prejudice to Pride, a History of the LGBTQ+ Movement,

 Wayland, 9781526301901

Miles, John C.

Between the Wars: 1918-1939, Watts, 9781445150604

Ridley, Sarah

Suffragettes and the Fight for the Vote, Watts, 9781445152615

Robinson, Anthony and Young, Annemarie

Young Palestinians Speak, Interlink Books, 9781566560153

Senker, Cath

Far From Home: Refugees and Migrants Fleeing War,Persecution and Poverty, Watts, 9781445155203

Turton, Sue

This Book Will (help you) Change the World,

Wren & Rook, 9781526360908


Explanatorium of Nature, Dorling Kindersley, 9780241286845

 Alison Tarrant, Director of the SLA said: "Congratulations to all the longlisted books! The judges have some tough decisions on their hands, but this award really does highlight the incredible information books that young people have access to."

The shortlists will be announced in approximately 1 month.

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   20/05/2018 - 09:50 AM

Beyond Behaviour Management. An Introduction to Effective ...

Our course Beyond Behaviour Management. An Introduction to Effective Engagement for Learning in the Secondary School Library, run by Jerry Hurst, will be held at Oakham School, Ashwell Road, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6QG on 17 May 2018.

The purpose of this training is to enable staff to develop or increase awareness, confidence,knowledge and skills, in order to engage positively or more positively with students in a Secondary School Library.

The closing date is 2 May 2018. Bookings received by 19 April 2018 are eligible for a £15.00 discount.

Key Audience: secondary school library staff

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   20/05/2018 - 09:50 AM

Resources Blog: Browns are Bringing Literacy Resources to ...

Feedback from customers has found the decline in showrooms, reduced resources and time restraints a challenge for literacy co-ordinators sourcing educational content for students.

Browns Books for Students have endeavoured to find a solution to provide as many physical books as possible, including our handpicked collections and newly published titles directly to our customers.

Browns Books for Students have created a Mobile Educational Book Showroom in a double decker bus! Stocked with over 4000 books for the educational sectors.

Our Book Bus is an Alexander ALX400 low-floor Double Decker with a 2002 Dennis Trident 2 chassis that has been completely refurbished and customised to our unique requirements. Measuring 10.5metres long, 2.55metres wide and 4.4metres tall and fitted with an external awning, creating an amazing 50 sq. metre mobile experience.

The lower level of the bus is fitted with two electronic meeting spaces, with live terminals to research titles or receive demonstrations on our online ordering platform or our eBook platform, VLeBooks.

The top deck has been transformed into a mobile showroom with 17 bespoke shelves displaying over 4000 physical books.  We also have 8 electronic displays providing additional information on the content and educational resources.

With mobile stock scanners, users can enjoy browsing the books and scan titles to create selections. Utilise the ordering terminals to review selections and place orders, which are available to be dispatched the same day, or serviced to your bespoke requirements and arrive shelf ready for your library.


Getting Everyone Involved!

Why not have students or library representatives on our Book Bus to put together selections that both themselves and their peers consider of interest; and would like to see in their library?

We strongly believe that if patrons of their libraries feel connected and involved in selecting the content for the libraries, they will utilise the library service even more.

Anyone can use a stock scanner to create their selections for you to review and decide whether to purchase.

On board collections will provide Department Heads and Literacy co-ordinators an effective resource to compare and review teaching resources in one place. No need to see multiple reps, no travel, or biased heavy selling.


Bringing Literacy Resources to You!

We believe that accessibility to books is crucial and our Book Bus will give the opportunity not only to major cities, but to assist rural communities and educational establishments who are not fortunate to have a static bookstore/showroom.

Our Book Bus will give access to content on site, creating an exciting and unique experience whereby everyone can get involved in viewing titles and adding new stock into schools and community libraries.


For more information:

THE BOOK BUS Browns Books for Students, 22-28 George Street, Hull HU1 3AP, Marketing Manager: Nic Hales Tel 01482 384660 - Email nic.hales[at]brownsbfs.co.uk - brownsbfs.co.uk

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In the only national book awards which are judged by teachers, the choices reflect their preference for the diversity and quality offered by small independent publishers. Andersen Press, Barrington Stoke, Gecko Press, David Fickling Books, The Bucket List, Two Hoots and Words & Pictures all feature on these lists, which come with the unique guarantee from teachers that these are books which have been tried and tested in the classroom.

The winners will be announced on July 6th at the UKLA International Conference, The Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel.

The Shortlists in full


The Night Gardener written and illustrated by Eric and Terry Fan (Frances Lincoln)

Odd Dog Out written and illustrated by Rob Biddulph (HarperCollins Children's Books)

Oi Dog written by Kes and Claire Gray and illustrated by Jim Field (Hodder)

The Darkest Dark written by Chris Hadfield and illustrated by The Fan Brothers (Macmillan)

Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea written and illustrated by Morag Hood (Two Hoots)

It Starts with a Seed written by Laura Knowles and illustrated by Jennie Webber (Words & Pictures)


The White Fox written and illustrated by Jackie Morris (Barrington Stoke)

Lesser Spotted Animals written and illustrated by   MartinBrown (David Fickling Books)

Yours Sincerely, Giraffe Written by Megumi Iwasa, translated by Cathy Hirano and Illustrated by Jun Takabatake (Gecko Press)

Welcome to Nowhere written by Elizabeth Laird and illustrated by Lucy Eldridge (Macmillan)

 Me and Mister P written by Maria Farrer and illustrated by Daniel Rieley (OUP)

The Street Beneath My Feet written by Charlotte  Gullian and illustrated by Yuval Zommer (Words and Pictures)


Encounters written by Jason  Wallace (Andersen Press)

Come Apart written by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury)

Alpha: Abidjan to Gare du Nord written Bessora, translated by sarah Ardizzone and illustrated by Barroux (The Bucket List)

Saint Death written by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)

Frogkisser! written by Garth  Nix (Piccadilly Press)

Where the World Ends written by Geraldine McCaughrean (Usborne)

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   20/05/2018 - 09:50 AM

Blogs/News: Egmont Reading for Pleasure Teacher Awards

The inaugural Egmont Reading for Pleasure Teacher Awards  in association with the Open University and the UK Literacy Association have taken place.  The winners were announced by Michael Rosen at the Reading for Pleasure symposium at The Open University on Thursday 22 March:

Whole School Award – St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School, Birmingham

Experienced Teacher – Jon Biddle, Moorlands Primary School, Belton, Norfolk

Early Career Teacher – Emily Crumbleholme, Peover Superior Primary School, Knutsford

You can read their inspiring submissions on the OU website and watch short videos of Michael interviewing each winner.

 The awards are intended to:

  • Highlight research-based effective practice in schools
  • Encourage teachers, who are finding different and effective methods of nurturing a love of reading
  • Amplify the message about the critical importance of reading for pleasure for society and the wider economy

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   20/05/2018 - 09:50 AM

Blogs/News: Win a visit from Katie Thistleton

Hachette are celebrating the release of Dear Katie, a new book from CBBC and Radio 1 presenter Katie Thistleton that’s packed full of practical advice for real problems. Katie is a Mind ambassador and is passionate about raising awareness of mental health issues with young people.

The book launched during Children’s Mental Health Week and to link into their 2018 campaign to encourage children and young people to celebrate their uniqueness, they’ve got a great competition for your school. Follow this link to find out more: all you have to do is tell us what makes you unique!

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   20/05/2018 - 09:50 AM


Congratulations are in order for YeEun Lee, Library Assistant at Dulwich College, Seoul, who has just passed her Learning about Libraries Module 5. YeEun Lee has already passed Modules 1,2,3 and 4 and has just Module 6 to undertake before receiving her SLA Certificate of Advanced Practice.

For details about our online courses please click here



   20/05/2018 - 09:50 AM

Barnes Children's Literature Festival

Barnes Children?s Literature Festival

London's largest dedicated children's literature festival returns to Barnes on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May 2018, attracting some of the UK's best authors and illustrators to the capital.

Following the success of 2017, which sold more than 7,000 tickets and £16,000 worth of books over the weekend, the Barnes Children's Literature Festival is returning for its fourth year with more than 80 fun events for young book fans and their families. As well as programming some of the best known names in children’s books, Barnes is committed to nurturing new talent, offering exceptional events that audiences are unlikely to see at any other UK festival.

The Festival opens on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th May 2018 with its new, free, expanded Education and Community Outreach Programme. The festival provides this to all primary school children, teachers and librarians in London, enabling 3,000 children to engage with some of their favourite authors and illustrators. Thursday's KS1 programme features the award-winning author-illustrator team behind The Dragonsitter who will explore imaginative writing and drawing skills with kids; Chennai-born Chitra Soundar will talk about the Indian myths and legends she grew up on, encouraging her young audience to view the wider world with empathy; and multi-award winning Czech illustrator Petr Horacek will bring some of his best-loved characters to life with a live drawing session, showing kids how illustrations are created and how to develop new ideas for storytelling. 

Friday's KS2 programme kicks off with best-selling author and former primary school teacher Caroline Lawrence who will be bringing to life her famous Roman Mysteries series; poet, performer and educator Joshua Siegal, author of I Don't Like Poetry, will offer a brilliant introduction to poetry, inspiring kids to create rhymes of their own, the more ridiculous the better; multi-award-winning author SF Said wraps up the school programme with an event that encourages imaginative thinking and creative writing. 

Firsts for Barnes this year include the London premiere of the stage adaptation of Lauren Child’s highly acclaimed Ruby Redfort detective series and the introduction of special programming for children who, for whatever reason, may require some extra care to enjoy their festival visit, including a session with sign language support for Ross Montgomery’s latest book Max and the Millions, which stars a young deaf boy.  Nick Cope will also be bringing his brilliant Family Song Book to London for the first time.

Centred around the much-loved green, which lends the festival its ‘village fete’ feel, Barnes boasts ten venues including the popular interactive stage, which will host various workshops.  Aardman Animations will return with its popular, hands-on model-making workshop open to all ages.  And the Royal Academy of Dance will hold its first event at the festival with its all-singing, all-dancing Matilda Musical Theatre workshop. Unlike other top tier festivals, Barnes is proud to be a community event, entirely organised and produced by over 100 volunteers, including founder and director Amanda Brettargh. The surplus from ticket sales, along with a percentage of book sales, will be donated to local primary school libraries. 

In recognition of its community spirit, local MP Zac Goldsmith will be the spokesperson for this year’s festival.  Commenting on his new involvement, Goldsmith says: “The Barnes Children's Literature Festival brings the whole community together for one weekend to promote the power of reading, writing and ideas to more and more children every year from all over London and the UK. The Festival has transformed Barnes into London's capital of children's literature and it is a source of huge pride that The Tiger Who Came to Tea was born here as well as so many of our favourite stories.”

The festival is presented in partnership with the Barnes Community Association (BCA), the University of Roehampton and Barnes Bookshop. Tickets are due to go on sale the week of Monday 12th March 2018. The full programme and more information can also be found at http://www.barneskidslitfest.org/.




   20/05/2018 - 09:50 AM

Beyond Behaviour Management. An Introduction to Effective ...


Our course Beyond Behaviour Management. An Introduction to Effective Engagement for Learning in the Secondary School Library, run by Jerry Hurst, will be held at Oakham School, Ashwell Road, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6QG on 17 May 2018.

The purpose of this training is to enable staff to develop or increase awareness, confidence, knowledge and skills, in order to engage positively or more positively with students in a Secondary School Library.


The closing date is 2 May 2018. Bookings received by 23 April 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £150 (non-members) and a second person attending from the same school (accompanying a full-paying delegate) can do so for as little as £55 (SLA members), £75 (non-members). Payment is not required by the discount deadline as long as an official order has been received. 

Key Audience: secondary school library staff

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   20/05/2018 - 09:50 AM

Invitation to tender - website & CRM database

The School Library Association would like to invite you to tender for the design and implementation of a new Website, and an upgrade to the current CRM Database.

We are a national charity who believe that every pupil is entitled to effective school library provision. The SLA is committed to supporting everyone involved with school libraries, promoting high quality reading and learning opportunities for all.

The Website and CRM Database upgrade can be tendered for individually or together, but they will need to work seamlessly together. The anticipated timeline for this project is 6–9 months. If you would like more information, or to request the Website or CRM Database tender documents, please contact the project manager, Alison Tarrant, on alison.tarrant@sla.org.uk or 01793 530166.

All tenders should be submitted by 11am on 30 April 2018.



   20/05/2018 - 09:50 AM

Early Bird Booking deadline extended

GCH   Stairs


The deadline to receive discount for the early bird booking for the Weekend Course has been extended to Friday 4th May. You don't need to pay when you book, and flexibile payment options are available. 


This incredible chandelier that runs down the middle of the staircase at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow gives an indication of the venue it's being held in!