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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.

Older blog posts are still available, though archived, on the website, but please check the date at the top of the post to make sure the offer or information is likely to be valid.

Christmas Round Up - Part 2

You should just have time to get hold of Adventivity (QED, £9.99, 978 1 78171 678 6) by Gina Carpenter and Laura Hambleton,  which takes the whole build up to Christmas to a new level with 25 holiday activities. Each calendar door reveals a surprise related to that day’s mini project which is much better...
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Christmas Round Up-Part 1

I know, I know, it’s not even December yet, but I suspect most of us are beginning to think about buying Christmas presents and end of year prizes and so now is the time to tell you about some of the frankly quite lovely things that have been published for the Festive season. I have written before about the flush of relatively new grandmothers at CILIP and on the SLA Board so I know they will be keen to hear about the books for the very youngest new readers and wh...
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Concerned about reluctant readers?

Of course we would not be doing our job if we were not concerned about reluctant readers! Firstly news of a FREE event organised by Hays Education and hosted at Sidney Stringer Academy with author Bali Rai. ...
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Series catch up

With such limited space in the print journal it is always difficult to review every book in popular series, but equally it is important to make sure you are all aware that new books are available to purchase for the fans- although I am sure they are usually ahead of the game and will be nagging you to get them in! Junior fiction is particularly prone to prolific series. Rats (Stripes, £4.99 9781 84715 4415) ...
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Win Signed Copies

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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 " 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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