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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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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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5th Year of Wicked Young Writers Award Launches

WICKED, is of course the award-winning West End  musical that tells the untold story of the witches of Oz and the writing awards that bear its name  was established in 2010, spearheaded by author Michael Morpurgo, to recognise excellence in writing, encourage creativity and develop writing talent in young p...
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World Book Day Virtual Author Event

National Literacy Trust Ambassador, Frank Lampard, is to do a Livestream event for schools and libraries across the UK on 5th March, which is , of course World Book day 2015! Frank’s event will be broadcast on the Hachette Children’s Group new l...
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Anthony Horowitz and Patrick Ness

Although it is hard to believe Alex Rider  celebrates his 15th anniversary this year! In honour of  Anthony Horowitz’s action-packed  series and to engage children in creative writing and reading for pleasure, the National Literacy Trust and Walker Books are hosting the Alex Rider Secret Mission for the spring 2015 term....
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