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Animal Jam for Schools - free resources

Animal Jam for Schools’ - created in association with National Geographic, is an online playground for children who love animals and the outdoors that will engage pupils in a fun and interactive way.

The ‘Animal Survival’ lesson toolkit has been developed for pupils aged 7 – 11 years across the UK. Each class will embark on an exciting and adventurous animal journey, where pupils will work in teams to explore the animal kingdom, learning about animals, their diets and how they adapt to their habitats. The lesson-ready teacher pack will enrich and support the curriculum in all four nations for geography, science, art and design and maths

Following the lesson, pupils are encouraged to apply their learning and take part in an art competition! For further information visit:

The first 500 schools that register will receive a free printed resource pack, including:

  • A fun and inspiring lesson plan
  • A deck of 30 fact-filled animal cards
  • An exclusive fact-filled animal poster to display in their classroom
  • 142 competition entry forms to encourage as many pupils in their school to take part!

There are some great prizes to be won, including an Animal Jam inspired workshop, Animal Jam membership and goodies.

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A free 2 week trial of Box of Broadcasts!

Box of Broadcasts

A free 2 week trial of Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is available to librarians and teachers in primary and secondary schools through the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC). A charity established in 1948, the BUFVC supports teaching, learning and research by enabling access to quality broadcast television and radio programmes. 

An online service, BoB allows librarians and teachers to screen, record, clip and download well over 1.2 million TV and radio programmes broadcast in English as well as modern foreign languages including:  

•    900,000 BBC TV and radio programmes 

•    110,000 Channel 4, ITV and Channel 5 programmes

•    22,000 programmes from foreign language channels. 

BoB is available on desktops and handheld devices so it can be accessed outside school premises. Librarians and teachers can create playlists, access high quality metadata, share content with colleagues, edit clips and embed content in their VLE.   BoB allows schools to make use of their DfE funded Educational Recording Agency (ERA) Licence.

To request a free trial of BoB for your school please email: or call 020 7393 1505

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Join The Kids' Lit Quiz Committee

Kids Lit QuizLooking to develop your CV and develop contact with like minded librarian colleagues across the UK? – Then look no further!

National Treasurer required for Kids’ Lit Quiz UK

This is a great opportunity to be an active part of a children’s literature charity (awaiting charitable status confirmation).

Qualities needed include the ability to run a spreadsheet & good communication skills.

The role starts from the beginning of the autumn term: sending out an accounts form to all the regions, and then collating information from the regional KLQ UK heats as they roll out through November. By January, the main task is to present the annual account.

Although the post is voluntary, there is a small annual honorarium.

All enquiries should be addressed to natorgklq[at]

The link to our website is

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Worcestershire's Awesomest Book Award 2015

The Shortlist for Worcestershire's Awesomest Book Award has been announced:

  • Demolition Dad, written by Phil Earle, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie  
  • The jam doughnut that ruined my life, written by Mark Lowery, iillustrated by Hannah Shaw
  • 11 birthdays, written by Wendy Mass
  • Pugs of the frozen north, written by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre
  • My brother is a superhero, written by David Solomons
  • Awful Auntie, written by David Walliams,  illustrated by Tony Ross

All titles were chosen by children around the county. They now have the chance to read these to vote for one favourite. The winner will be announced at a ceremony on 23rd February 2016 with last year's winner – Rachel Hamilton.

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Nominate a Board Member: Board Nomination Form 2016

Nomination of Board Member

Word document, 85 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later)

More Details...

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IBBY UK Christmas Card 2015

Ibby Xmas Card 2015Jan Pienkowski has produced a stunning and timely design for this year's card. Entitled I Saw Three Ships, his illustration marries the traditional carol with Jan's own experience as a refugee coming to the UK after the Second World War. This card plus those from previous years including Michael Foreman, Shirley Hughes, Jackie Morris, Jane Ray and Axel Scheffler, are available at £6 per pack of ten (incl. p&p).

Purchase online at

IBBY is a non-profit organisation bringing books and children together and IBBY UK is a Registered Charity.

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MLS Reading for Pleasure video

RfPflyingbooksaplentyThe new MLS Reading for Pleasure video animation which MLS have created to support schools with promoting reading for enjoyment. This colourful and engaging video has been produced in collaboration with school librarians Caroline Roche & Adrian Thompson and MLS are hoping that schools can use it as part of reading assemblies, bookweeks, parents evenings and literacy themed events. A very useful resource!


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Fourth year for Little Rebels Book Award

The Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) is thrilled to announce that the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award for radical children’s fiction is back for its 4th year. The Little Rebels Award recognises children’s fiction which promotes social justice and social equality. The award is given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) and is administered by specialist children’s booksellers, Letterbox Library. The closing date for nominations is January 11th 2016. Full details on the website.

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