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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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Gifts and prizes

As well as the specifically Christmas books published at this time of the year, publishers also bring out other special books which make ideal gifts or prizes for your faithful library helpers/ top readers! Julia Donaldson is probably the first name to spring to mind when looking for the little ones. Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes (Macmillan,£9.99, ISBN: ...
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Christmas treats for booklovers

Well here we are in December and so Christmas cannot be avoided! The nicest thing about the shopping season is the beautiful books that are produced – although not forgetting, of course, that many of the really great stories and information books we have featured throughout the year will make just the right book for an individual child. These books are the specifically Christmas themed ones that are the icing on the cake....
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A Monster Calls

Patrick Ness’s prize-winning novel A Monster Calls ha...
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Haringey Children's Book Award Shortlist Announced

Shortlist: The Best Medicine by Christine Hamill, Little Island Books Catching Falling Stars by Karen McCombie, Scholastic Cogheart by Peter Bunzl, Usborne The Imaginary by AF Harrold & illustr...
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Author James Benmore writes as the Artful Dodger

Wherein I detail how I came to author my own three-volume history and thus proved myself to be a superior writer than Charlie Dickens to the general agreement of all    This here is how I am described on Chapter 7 of Oliver Twist...
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Berkshire Book Award 2017

Children’s author Tim Bowler wowed pupils from secondary schools across Berkshire when he officially launched the 2017 Berkshire Book Award (BBA) at LVS Ascot...
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Lauren Child on finishing the Ruby series

Writing an inter-connecting thriller series presents very different challenges, compared to those of writing a stand-alone book.  It requires one to write a satisfying and complete tale, while also making sure there are a few tantalizing loose ends.  These loose threads are then woven into the next installment, where some are tied up and others get drawn into the following book, new threads appear, and on and on until the final story i...
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Golden Oldies-New Editions Available Now

To celebrate the 40th birthday of Andersen Press, they have republished, in the beautiful original hardback format, the debut picturebooks from the legends that are Tony Ross and David McKee. Goldilocks and the Three Bears (£8.99, 9781783444694) from Tony Ross was originally published in 1976 and Tony has gone on to...
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