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33 Days Left to Nominate a Librarian

SLYA Logo The Christmas break is a good time to think about completing an entry for the SLA's School Librarian of the Year Award in 2014.

Do consider showing a colleague how much you appreciate them and their contribution to students' acheivements and nominate them for this prestigious Award.

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 look forward to your nominations.

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Free online library - register for Read for My School 2014 today…

R4MySchoolLogoFINALLaunched 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.
 

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Information Book Award Reminder to Publishers

Gates Incredible Edibles Cover

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.

Details for submitting books are available at the SLA website.

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Reward a school librarian

SLYA Logo 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.

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Free online library - register for Read for My School today…

ReadformyschoolLaunched 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.

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The Edge's Salute to Librarians

Edgeauthors BlogspotOver 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. 

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The School Librarian Winter issue

TSL 61-4 CoverThe 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).

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