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The SLA Reading Blog is designed to highlight new books and related resources plus publishers' offers for our Members that we think may be of interest to school librarians and to others working in related fields. The blog is available to logged-in SLA Members at http://www.sla.org.uk/reading-blog.php and a summary RSS feed is available at http://www.sla.org.uk/sla-reading-blog-rss.php. SLA Members, please submit any reviews you may wish to post here to bookblog[at]sla.org.uk and remember to quote your membership number in your e-mail. This blog is moderated by the SLA.

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Stock revision for the new school year?

  I am quite sure I don’t have to tell SLA members that our libraries are only as good as the stock on the shelves and that bright attractive new materials are the ones that young people will be drawn to. But that does not mean that older titles have no value. There are core texts that we all should ensure we have, but if we want each generation to read them then we need to have new attractive editi...
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Affordable paperback editions â€" first of a regular round up

We all have to stretch our budget these days and every little helps! Plus lots of young people prefer a paperback that they can slip into their pocket and, as long as reasonable care is taken with book prep, then a paperback edition can be sturdy enough to sustain multiple issues. Back in the day of Public Library Standards it was turnover of stock that counted anyway, so maybe longevity should not even be a concern! Tom McNeal’s Carnegie nominated fantasy...
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UKLA Book Awards 2015 longlist announced

Hopefully you will all have seen the Twitter buzz from excited authors but just in case now is the time to check out the first of the big awards in children's literature to announce titles for 2015. http://www.ukla.org/awards/ukla_book_award_2013_sponsored_...
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More Reviews - from both ends of the age spectrum!

As promised - more lovely reviews that I just could not find space for and cannot wait three months to share with you!  First for the Under 8's: Benjamin, A.H. and East, Nick. In a Minute, Mum.QED, 2014, pp 24, £8.99. 978 1 7817 1135 4 This bright picture book has many appealing features for children, parents and teachers.  Rory the dinosaur is a likeable character with a bad habit of procrastinating, especi...
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NetGalley: A Free Resource for School Librarians to Preview New Titles-including one from Puffin right now!

Are you familiar with NetGalley? They provide digital proofs to ‘professional readers’ like librarians ...
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More on National Poetry Day

I attended a  meeting of the Children's Poetry Summit(a pressure group to promote children's poetry) yesterday and wanted to share some exciting resources and a Twitter campaign! The NPD partners have created a shared education resource with activities for all ages. It has been sent to 23,000 schools but if you have not seen it look at the link below. When printed off, the pictures making up ...
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Book Reviews - bonus extra content!

As promised in my editorial in the latest edition of The School Librarian, I will be using this blog to publish reviews that I sadly just did not have space for in the printed edition. Plus I can keep you up to date with new paperback editions and new books in series and pass on any exciting news from publishers. You can expect quite a flurry of posts because I have the summer backlog to catch up on and the big September publishing schedule has quite literally landed on my doormat. I must ...
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