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   25/03/2019 - 03:15 AM

Jacqueline Wilson Creative Writing Prize 2019

The Jacqueline Wilson Creative Writing Prize is now open.

One lucky winner will have their story published in a Jacqueline Wilson book.

They will also receive a First News subscription, vouchers, a book bundle for their school library AND a school visit from Jacqueline herself.

For children between seven and twelve years old - send in a story you have written. Your story should be between 750 and 1000 words and meet the T & C.

JW Comp



   25/03/2019 - 03:15 AM

Online book club for CPD

@Elizabethutch is an active SLS manager running a regular online book club for CPD. The next book to be discussed – Hacking School Libraries by Kristina A Holzweiss and Stoney Evans will have questions posted on 2nd April. Sign up here and follow for thoughtful reflections on our lives as school librarians.



   25/03/2019 - 03:15 AM

Awesome Book Awards 2019

The Awesome Book Awards is an annual award which honours the best new fiction to inspire children aged 7-10 years. The award offers pupils the opportunity to vote for their favourite books from five shortlisted authors in order to select the winner.

All registered schools will be able to bring pupils to the ceremony or you can encourage your pupils to read the books and vote on their favourite.

Voting is open from 11th March until Friday 26th April 2019.


ABA 2019 Blog Widget




   25/03/2019 - 03:15 AM

Dyslexia-friendly editions of Harry Potter

New dyslexia/VIP-friendly editions of J.K.Rowling’s titles. All the books use large font, clear captions and have detailed descriptions to accompany clear pictures. RNIB approved.



   25/03/2019 - 03:15 AM

National Literacy Trust engaging parents downloads

The National Literacy Trust have some freely available downloads of top tips and creative ideas to engage parents through books. The resource is designed for parents of primary school-aged children but many of the ideas can be adapted for secondary.



   25/03/2019 - 03:15 AM

Critical literacy programme

The Times and The Sunday Times Media Literacy Programme is a new programme, for 14 to 16-year-olds, which offers six free lessons that help students think critically and confidently about the news.



   25/03/2019 - 03:15 AM

Green books and teaching resources

To introduce the issues surrounding ocean plastic to all primary school age children Wild Tribe Heroes publishing have books following diffferent animals and the effects ocean plastic has on their lives. Also available are free teaching resources linking to the National Curriculum which support and develop children's understanding of the problems and how they can help in their families and schools. Inspire your children to do litter picks, beach cleans, set up recycling stations or write to local businesses and take action in their communities.




   25/03/2019 - 03:15 AM

Shakespeare Week 2019

Next week is Shakespeare Week – 18 – 24 March. This is a national annual celebration giving primary school aged children opportunities for enriching and enjoyable early encounters with Shakespeare.

Schools, families, home educators and cultural organisations can register to access free resources and events listings. With this year’s theme of Language and Literacy, we’re sure you will find this useful in your schools next week.





   25/03/2019 - 03:15 AM

Forthcoming SLA Branch events

Central & East Berkshire Branch Unconference 
Saturday 23rd March       St George's School, Ascot. SL5 7DZ

9.30am - 3pm: breakout sessions, author, speakers. 
Free - all welcome. Refreshments provided but please bring lunch



Kent Branch  AGM & Author Talk

Wednesday, 20th March, 4:30 - 6:30 at Thamesview School, Gravesend, DA12 4LF.

Our visiting author will be award-winning author and school librarian Sue Wallman.

Your Turn To Die has been shortlisted for this year's Maidstone Area Book Awards.

Sue is currently working on her fourth book which is due to be published this year.

Entry is free, but if you plan to attend please email the Branch Secretary, Ros Waltho  (rw[at]queenelizabeths.kent.sch.uk ) as light refreshments will be provided.



   25/03/2019 - 03:15 AM

Herts Branch CPD

Promoting reading for pleasure is at the heart of school libraries. However, studies continue to show that the number of young people reading for pleasure continues to fall.  Our next CPD training morning on Thursday 21st March 2019 will focus on best practice for promoting great reading in our own libraries, with an opportunity for networking and sharing ideas.


9.00-9.30     Arrival and tea/coffee

9.30-10.30    Denise Lawrence - Herts Children's Book Group

10.30-11.00    Tea/coffee and networking

11.00-11.30     Carnegie Discussion - Favourites and likely winners

11.30-12.00    AOB


Cost - FREE for SLA members, £5 donation please for non-members.  All welcome.



The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School

Butterfly Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire, WD6 3AF


RSVP Julie Vance, St. Albans School, 01727 515283, jvance@st-albans.herts.sch.uk



   25/03/2019 - 03:15 AM

Reading Promotion CPD

Reading promotion with Accelerated Reader

Looking for a way to get your reluctant readers avidly devouring books? Bev Humphrey - Literacy and Technology Consultant can help.

26 March 2019, 09:30-15:00

Heath Educational Books, Willow House, Willow Walk, Off Whittaker Road, Sutton, Surrey SM3 9QQ 
Discount Deadline and Closing Date: 18 March 2019



   25/03/2019 - 03:15 AM

Lancashire Branch AGM and Training

SLA Lancashire, are holding their AGM and training day on Wednesday 20th March.

For more details, please see their branch page





   25/03/2019 - 03:15 AM

Tommy Donbavand Auction

Three years ago, children’s author, Tommy Donbavand, was diagnosed with inoperable throat cancer. Since then, he has undergone appalling side-effects of numerous treatments and the associated medical conditions they brought with them. Now Tommy has been told his cancer is back and there is nothing more that can be done. He has “weeks or months” to live.

For years Tommy has worked to promote literacy in schools and libraries. Like most children’s authors, this provided the majority of his income, and being unable to run these events has drastically slashed his income.

This auction site was set up by a group of Tommy’s friends to help raise funds for him and his family. The love and respect for Tommy throughout the publishing industry is such that there are many unique experiences and items – mainly literary based, with every penny raised through the auction going to Tommy and his family.



   25/03/2019 - 03:15 AM


Position: Permanent and full time (term time plus one week)

Start date: Ideally, to start summer term 2019

Pay: Grade D FTE salary £20,830 - £23,411 / Actual salary £18,274 - £20,539

Closing date: Monday 1st April (midday)

We are seeking to appoint an ambitious, highly effective and experienced librarian to help support and enrich teaching and learning across the school by enabling students to access a broad range of learning resources, develop learning and information handling skills, and by promoting literacy, reading for pleasure and independent learning.

This is an exciting opportunity where you will be responsible for the smooth and efficient running of the library within our successful, over-subscribed secondary Academy school. You’ll be working alongside a highly motivated, supportive and well qualified team of teachers and support staff in a brand new and well resourced learning environment

The role will involve liaison with department heads to optimise students' use of resources, the organisation and supervision of the school library and ensuring the library operates effectively as an integral part of the school curriculum, supporting whole school literacy.

The successful candidate will be:

  • An excellent practitioner who can enthuse and inspire;
  • Passionate about raising aspirations and improving educational life
  • chances;
  • A role model and champion of learning;
  • Clear-thinking and outward-looking;
  • Dynamic, innovative and hardworking;
  • Able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills; and above all,
  • Dedicated to giving all of our students an outstanding education.

We would welcome applications from candidates with different areas of expertise, such as, a background in education.

In return, we can offer:

  • A skilled, hardworking and supportive team.
  • Great students who are proud to be part of the school.
  • The opportunity to shape the future of the school library.
  • A brand new, well-resourced, specialist learning environment.
  • A wide range of opportunities for personal and professional development.

We have high expectations for the achievement of all of our students and the continual professional development of all our staff is a priority.

Robert May’s School, which dates from 1694, is a high attaining 11-16 Academy school with a distinctive ethos based on the charitable principles of our founder. We are situated in a semi-rural setting in Hampshire, with good rail and road access.

We would welcome the opportunity for an informal chat or visit. Please contact Lisa Shackleton, HR Officer on 01256 702700 or email lisa.shackleton[at]rmays.com for further information or to arrange a visit.

Should you wish to apply for this post, please see the school website www.rmays.org for an application form and submit your application to recruitment[at]rmays.com

Deadline for applications: Monday 1st April 2019 (midday).

Interviews will take place as soon as possible afterwards.

More Details...



   25/03/2019 - 03:15 AM

Picture Books in the Pub-YLG

Manchester SLA Branch and the YLG local group have joined forces for a regular Greenaway shadowing event, which will run for the next few months. YLG Manchester are meeting monthly on alternate Tuesdays at the pub underneath the Portico Library to discuss the Greenaway titles. The initial meeting is Tuesday 19th March. Everyone welcome.

More details on the Manchester SLA Branch page