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Publishers are reminded that the deadline for submitting books for the SLA's Information Book Award is 7 January 2014.
Don't miss the chance to join books such as last year's winner Incredible Edibles by Stefan Gates by entering titles for consideration in the 2014 Award.
This exciting Award is now in its fourth year and is a major development for information books, being designed to support school libraries and to reinforce the importance of non-fiction whilst highlighting the high standard of resources available.
Now is the time to think about honouring an outstanding friend or colleague working in a school library as entries are still open for the SLA's School Librarian of the Year Award in 2014. Do consider nominating a librarian in a primary or secondary school who demonstrates outstanding professional qualities and deserves to be recognised for the work that they do.
The nomination form for the School Librarian of the Year Award is available online, along with guidance notes for how to complete an effective entry. Entries close on 20 January 2014, so don't delay - we really welcome your nominations.
Launched for the first time in early 2013, Read for My School is a national reading competition that helps schools generate loads of excitement about reading. Following on from a successful first year during which over 400,000 books were read by more than 100,000 primary pupils in just two months, the competition is back and now open to all pupils in Years 3 – 6 and as a pilot to all pupils in Years 7 and 8 from 2014*.
Between 27 January and 28 March 2014, pupils who take part will be able to access a free online library of brilliant titles, with the option to read any books of their choice offline too. The free online library features 100 titles across 8 genres – Humour, Adventure, Mystery & Horror, Nonfiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Animals & the Wild and Film & TV.
The online library comprises a variety of books suitable for all abilities including SEN. Authors include Charlie Higson, Chris Bradford, Alex Scarrow, Roger McGough, Benjamin Zephaniah, Beverley Naidoo, Rick Riordan, Cathy Cassidy, Jeremy Strong, Lewis Carrol, Michael Rosen, Tom Palmer, Roald Dahl, Morris Gleitzman, Anthony McGowan, Eoin Colfer, Megan Rix, Rudyard Kipling, Jill Murphy, K.M. Grant, Anna Sewell, J.M. Barrie, Emily Mason, Curtis Jobling and many more besides.
What's more, pupils will be in with a chance to win books for their school from a pot of 100,000 titles. Plus, Pearson will match these prizes and give a further 100,000 books to charitable programmes around the world!
To find out more, visit the Read for My School homepage, register your email address today and we'll send you all the information you need to get started.
* Read for My School is brought to you by the Pearson Foundation and Booktrust, with support from the Department for Education. The competition is open to primary and secondary schools in England only.
Over the next few weeks the Edge (a group of UK based authors) is dedicating its blog to Q&A posts by librarians to gain an insight into their work and learn from them. The first guest is Ingrid Broomfield from Nottingham Girls' High.
The School Librarian 61-4 is now on its way to members and includes coverage of the SLA's 2013 Awards, more on inclusive school libraries, a look at rival eBook platforms and a case study of book illustration.
As usual, the ict@sla section can be read online with clickable links, a convenient way to quickly check out some new websites and resources. Our online archive of the ict@sla section goes back to Volume 56 Number 1.
A complete index of the book reviews in this issue and for all of Volume 61 is available - the online index of book reviews can be searched back to Volume 54 (2006).
Our course CPD @ OUP will be held at Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP on 9 April 2014.
We are very grateful to Oxford University Press for opening their doors for this exciting event. A mixture of presentations and panel discussions, the day will focus on reading around the world, how reading can be used to develop thinking skills and the important role librarians carry out in schools, colleges and public libraries.
Speakers include Tim Bowler, Geraldine McCaughrean, Anne-Marie Hanson, Sue Dixon, Joy Court, Ferelith Hordon and Bev Humphrey.
The closing date is 20 March 2014.
Key Audience: Librarians in schools, colleges and public libraries
The idea is to write a story in just 12 words; students should try and come up with a story rather than just a statement. Last year’s winner was “Mr Snowman needed a cuddle, the sun agreed ... now he’s a puddle.”
Schools will run their own competition in-house and decide on winners (whether they want one per year or a first, second, third, etc.). The overall winner (one per school) can then be entered into the national competition. David Bevington firstname.lastname@example.org is collating the entries and Alan Gibbons, award winning author, is judging it! The closing date for this is December 6th so it is up to each school to decide how long to run this for.
Microlibrarian Systems Ltd (MLS) are donating an iPod Touch for the winner and a Book Hamper for their school from Peters. Writer, Dave Cryer, has donated a “Dave Day” for the winning school whereby they will receive a day of drama, fiction or creative writing workshops from him including travelling expenses up to £150.
Last year we had some fantastic entries and I know this generated a lot of interest in school so a wonderful opportunity, not only to win some great prizes, but also to showcase the library!
The 2013 campaign will work to encourage primary and secondary schools as well as home education groups and children’s book groups to enter a science timeline competition to win a truly unique prize. There are two categories for entry; one for individuals, and one for school / book group teams (up to 5 children per team).
The individual winner will receive a cash prize of £500
The winners of the team / group category will receive the following:
The competition coincides with the release of What on Earth Publishing’s brand new title this Autumn: The What on Earth? Wallbook of Science and Engineering, which has been produced in conjunction with some of the UK’s top scientific institutions. Together with The London Science Museum, The Institute of Mechanical Engineers, and The Association of Science Educators, they have created a visually appealing point of entry into the curriculum which is integral to what the organisers and founders of National Non-Fiction Day are working towards.
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