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The SLA Resources Blog is designed to highlight new resources which we at the SLA think may be of interest to school librarians and to others working in related fields. The blog is available at and can also be read via an RSS feed at

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.

New Booktrust resource for Trainee Teachers

Booktrust’s new resource provides information for learning about children's books and poetry for trainee primary school teachers.  With artwork from award-winning illustrator David Lucas and inspirational ideas from poet Michael Rosen, the leaflet brings together tips, resources, useful contacts and book recommendations to help you learn more about using children's books and poetry in the classroom and school library.  Download your copy from the website or email

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Off the Shelf

By Lucy Bakewell, SLA School Librarian of the Year 2009

How to run a successful primary school library and promote reading. (Secondary librarians will also find help and inspiration in Off the Shelf)   A new book with online resources to be launched at the SLA conference.  Exclusive: 10% discount for SLA members.  A brilliantly practical resource which covers

• Choosing books

• Organising the library  

• Successful reading activities 

• Involving children in the library 

• Working with reluctant readers 

• Involving parents 

• Creating great displays to attract pupils 

• The annual calendar of events 

• Author visits 

• Supporting the curriculum 

• Key websites


Normal price £19.95. Special price for SLA members £17.95 (quote 'SLA') .  Off the Shelf is available on approval from Carel Press.

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First News on your interactive whiteboard!

The whiteboard version is an exact replica of the newspaper that can be read and annotated in teaching sessions.  Check out the details here

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Artemis Fowl Fans

A fabulous live webcast with Eoin Colfer to launch his new Artemis novel, Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex.  This will take place on 20th July at 2 - 2.45 p.m. and anyone with an internet connection can get involved.

The hilarious Eoin Colfer will be doing an event live from Forest Hill School, which will be streamed live across the Internet for anyone to watch.  Viewers will also be able to submit questions for Eoin to answer live!  This is a great opportunity for schools, libraries, book groups and any individual fan too!

10,000 have already registered to watch.  To register click here

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Gallagher Girls offer and competition

A chance to win £500 worth of free books for your library! HURRY – only limited copies available!

The Gallagher Girls Academy claims to be a school for geniuses, but really is a school for SPIES – have your pupils got what it takes to be a Gallagher Girl?

This fast-paced, New York Times bestselling series, is guaranteed to get all girls running back to school to find the next instalment on the library shelf, available in August!   To claim your FREE copy, which automatically enters you into the competition, go to the Gallagher academy website You will receive your copy within a few days, along with a pack of glossy bookmarks and eye-catching posters.  Your students will be able to enter a competition to win a money-can't-buy holiday to Paris and five iPod Touches for your school!

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Barrington Stoke

Struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers don't need boring books in childish language - they need the best stories they can get. And that's why award-winning publisher Barrington Stoke publish stories by some of the best children's authors in the world. Sign up for their regular newsletter.

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World Cup Fever with Raintree

Check out the offers for football books at Raintree

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Branford Boase Poster 2010

The poster of the Branford Boase Award 2010 shortlist is available for download here.

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FREE offer to schools from Practical Farm Ideas magazine

Tractor mad lads in rural schools gain a great deal from the magazine Practical Farm Ideas. With 150 or so pictures of unusual farm implements, many which are made in workshops just like the one they have at home, each issue of the magazine encourages reluctant rural readers to focus on the text in order to understand the pictures in the story. Farm parents and rural teachers report that this provides sufficient incentive for concentration and learning. In addition, rural pupils will also find inspiration for DTech projects at GCSE and A level.

Editor and publisher Mike Donovan is providing 30 kits to go to rural schools. They comprise an issue of the magazine, a wall poster showing 29 innovations, and a compilation issue with even more ideas for farm lads to mop up. 

Kits will be sent free of charge to the first 30 rural schools who send their request to him. More information is on the magazine's web site (click on 'schools'). Additional issues can be included at £3.45. 

The editor would like to get feedback from librarians or teachers on how well their challenging rural lads take to the material in the magazine, and so need a personal contact with a member of staff who will be directly involved in using the kit. 

~Please email applications to  with Free School Farm IDEAS kit in the subject line.

Application form:  name of librarian or teacher / school department / address and post code / telephone number and extension / contact email /

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