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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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New Editions Round-up

Quite a substantial pile of reissues, anniversary editions and books new in paperback seems to have accumulated between editions of The School Librarian so expect a lengthy list!  Looking first at illustrated titles, possibly the oldest title to be brought back into circulation as part of Faber’s Heritage Publishing (but also on the back of the new film, Ferdinand) is from 1936! The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson (978 0 571 33596 1, ...
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Christmas Books 2017

 December is looming so it is time for the annual Christmas Book Guide from your SLA! If you want just the right book for a specific child then there have been some amazing books reviewed this year, but the one’s featured here are specifically Christmas themed or just too stupendously beautiful to be purchased for a school library (unless your pupils are very, very lucky, always have clean hands and handle books with care!)  Let’s start with the little ones because they are the most fun! 2017 was the 35th anniversary year for Rod Campbell's Dear Zoo and Macmillan ...
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A Shake Up of Judges for the Little Rebels Award for Radical Children’s Fiction

The prize for the children’s book which best celebrates social justice is back for its 6th year-with a shake up of the judging panel! Three new judges will be joining the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award: Patrice Lawrence, Emily Drabble and Darren Chetty. This year, the award will be administered by two radical booksell...
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New Book by Paul Dowswell Giveaway

Award winning historical novelist Paul Dowswell's latest excellent book, Wolf Children, published by Bloomsbury, is on offer to  the first 5 SLA members emailing the contact below. A climactic story o...
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SLA Genuine Fraud Giveaway

One of the most talked about books in YA  literature in 2014 was  prize-winning American author E.Lockhart's UK debut We Were Liars. Fans will be thrilled to hear that she has a new novel out this autumn and the first 5 SLA members to respond can get their hands on a free copy! ...
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Book Awards, Book Awards

With the publication of the UKLA longlists the 2018 Awards season has truly kicked off! The judges for these unique book awards, which are the only awards judged by active classroom teachers, will this year come from Wales, with the 2018 UKLA International Conference, at which the eventual winners are announced, being held in Car...
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Molly Mischief Resources

Molly Mischief is the new creation from Mr Men author and illustrator, Adam ...
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New Edition Highlights 2

Moving onto new editions of fiction for all ages,again I had a mountain of paperback versions of recent novels which I am sure eagle eyed librarians will have spotted already, so I am focusing on special highlights. There cannot be many who are not aware that a certain Harry Potter will be 20 next week and there has been some wonderful new look publishing to cel...
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