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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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Paperback editions to stretch you budget

It is probably a sign of my age, but paperback picturebooks are definitely of much higher physical quality these days. Once upon a time they would have been frowned upon as not robust enough for library use, but the perfect binding seems much stronger and the covers of all but one or two of this batch have a lovely matt wipe clean surface!  The physical reproduction of the internal illustrations has always been on a par with the hardback and this matters where the subject i...
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YHA Alex Rider Spy Academy for schools!

Walker Books have partnered with the brilliant YHA (England and Wales) to bring Alex Rider’s adventures to life with the YHA Alex Rider Spy Academy, a brand new Action Adventure Package for schools in 2015!...
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New Editions to refresh your stock

Anniversary editions – reissues of timeless classics- are very successful at making you feel really, really old! A huge favourite with my children and thousands of other children, parents and teachers is apparently 35 years old: David McKee’s iconic picture book Not Now Bernard (Andersen, £6.99,978 1...
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Series Fiction Update

We all know that a very strong factor in the early years of reading independently is comfort with a brand and reading everything in a series voraciously and so there is an understandable proliferation of publishing series in this area. Princess Poppy is just such a brand and it includes picture books, short chapter books, activity books, website, app and e...
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Fiction- new paperback editions

Firstly a couple of  re-issues that somehow crept into the wrong pile! The film tie in of the Carnegie shortlisted Trash by Andy Mulligan should justifiably attract new readers for a brilliant book (Definitions, £6.99, 978 1 909 53133 8). To celebrate 15 explosive years of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider, the series has been given a ...
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Paperback picturebooks galore!

 A real mix for you, of new and older favourites, fiction and information and anniversary editions and so many of them that they will need a blog to themselves! From Andersen we have the paperback of Chicken Clicking (£6.99,978 1 78344 161 7)  by the incomparable Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross partnership; giving everyone a salutary lesson on internet s...
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New Editions for Spring 2015

 Following on my policy of using space in the print magazine for more reviews of new titles, this is where I will be sharing news of fantastic new editions, affordable paperback editions and series updates. Starting with the very exciting celebrations for 150 years of Alice in Wonderland , the original publisher of everyone’s favourite classic has been mining their archives to produce some wonderfully covetable publications. So, faithfully reproduced from a rare ...
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Book Awards Season

While I was strolling in Spring sunshine in the Lake District no less than two major shortlists were announced! Hopefully you will have seen the releases but just in case......! The first to announce were the UKLA Book Awards. These are the only national awards to be judged by class teachers in three age categories 3-6, 7-11 and 12-16. This makes the shortlist potentially useful for anybody looking for a list to use with a specific age group. There are 6 books i...
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