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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

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Read Write Inc Open Days

On 19 March a selection of 'Model Schools' in the UK are inviting headteachers and literacy leads to attend an open day to see the Read Write Inc. education programme in practice. Attendees can find out how the programme, published by Oxford University Press, can improve literacy and help to decrease the 'word gap' between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers.  
The open day will take place on Monday 19 March in Caerphilly, Cornwall, Derby, Norfolk, Romford, Wokingham, Birmingham and East Sussex at 'Model Schools' for Read Write Inc., and will be open to all headteachers and literacy leads in the local area. At the open day visitors can expect to find out how the Read Write Inc. programme is implemented in their schools and see the benefits of the programme and it is improving literacy. During the day, visitors will be able to observe lessons, meet other schools in the area, get advice on how to implement the programme and see the positive impact on behaviour across the school. 
One of the highlight factors of Read Write Inc. schools is that they are talk-a-lot schools where speaking and listening skills are developed through partner work. By developing children’s vocabulary, Read Write Inchelps to address problems associated with the ‘word gap’, recently highlighted by the government’s Department for Education single departmental plan. 
The ‘word gap’ has been identified in children from disadvantaged backgrounds, who by the age of 3 are on average almost a full year and a half behind their more affluent peers in language development. In the report the DoE make recommendations on how to eliminate the 'word gap' through education in order to improve social mobility and equality of opportunity, the Read Write Inc. programme is in line with this.
 “Our Model Schools demonstrate an inspirational passion and excitement for teaching. Their attention to detail and focus on continuous professional development
marks them out and is the key to their success in getting every child to read by 6. No child should get left behind and with the right teaching and assessments we can ensure

every child is understood and the gaps in their knowledge identified and addressed.”

Ruth Miskin, Creator of Read Write Inc.
For more information on which schools are taking part and to book a place at one of the schools teachers can visit this webpage:
Or for booking enquiries please email oxfordprimaryevents[at]  
For more information, images or to speak to one of the experts at OUP Education please contact publicist: Laura Smythe m: 07881555530 or email: laurasmythecontact[at]
Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP t: 01865 354579 Twitter: [at]OUPPrimary Facebook: [at]oxfordeducationuk

Free books from the international self-publishing phenomenon Amanda Hocking

Amanda HockingHer character-driven books, which feature trolls, hobgoblins and fairy-tale elements and keep the pages turning, have generated an excitement not felt in the industry since Stephenie Meyer or perhaps even J. K. Rowling.’  —New York Times.

Only 26 years old, Amanda Hocking had never sold a single book before 15 April 2010.  She has now sold over one million.  Switched is the first novel in the Trylle Trilogy - published for the first time in paperback, it is already hitting the top of the New York Times bestseller charts and Amanda has just completed a high profile UK tour across TV, radio and press.

Macmillan have 300 FREE copies to give away exclusively to 30 schools (10 books per school)  -  email Ellen at e.wood[at] with your contact address if you would like to take advantage of this offer.

Here is The Guardian front cover article about Amanda - just incase you would like to get some form of context about the books and Amanda Hocking as author.

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Chatterbooks Reading Groups: new models for new times

The Reading Agency’s Chatterbooks Children’s Reading Groups scheme, is now on offer to schools free. It gives a best practice model for running reading groups, developed with expert librarians, and with ready to use resources. Chatterbooks groups can be targeted at children of any age from 4 to 14 years. 

The links between reading for pleasure and attainment are well documented, and Chatterbooks sessions are designed to give children confidence in speaking, writing and reading in a group, choosing books for themselves, and talking about what they like to read. We provide lots of ideas for fun, creative sessions, and through our partnership with 17 leading children’s publishers Chatterbooks groups get a stream of information and promotions featuring the best in children’s books.

The Reading Agency is an independent charity working to inspire more people to read more.You’ll probably know our work throughthe national Summer Reading Challenge in libraries. There are exciting volunteering opportunities for secondary school pupils, acting as reading buddies to younger children doing the Challenge, and to follow on from this to help run Chatterbooks groups. We provide training to support this activity.  

With Chatterbooks 2012 you can

  • join Chatterbooks free

  • get free best practice support from the website and e-letter, for setting up and running a Chatterbooks group

  • get new title information about children’s books

  • give children a powerful year round menu of free resources from publishers

There is a Chatterbooks web page on the Reading Groups for Everyone website, where you can find out who else is in the Chatterbooks network, blog about children’s books and what your group is doing, and get tips and ideas, plus promotions and offers from publishers.   Make sure that your group is signed up and profiled here - at

You can also get

  •   Children’s 2012 Welcome Packs  (set of 10 packs £50)*
  •   a 2012 Starter Pack for Group Leaders  (£20 per pack)*

-and when you buy any Chatterbooks packs or training you will also get access to Chatterbooks Extra downloads and offers, including termly ideas packs, creative session plans, Chatterbooks graphics, and special publisher promotions.

Attached is a press release with more detail about Chatterbooks 2012, and an order form and special Early Bird offer for the new materials.

Chatterbooks Order Form

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Chatterbooks 2012 Offer Press Release Final

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*We have a special discount of 10% on all materials (including the Early Bird offer) for all School Library Association members – just quote your SLA membership number when you order

If you have any enquiries, or need more information about the scheme and accompanying training, just contact us at chatterbooks[at]  - or visit


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New Online Writing Magazine

Shoutabout Poster

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Check out the new online writing magazine for people under 16 years old.  Shoutabout! is launched by the Children's Writers and Illustrators inSouth London (CWISL). 

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Valentine's Competition

MovellasMovellas, a leading international online reading and writing community launches in the UK to provide a social platform to create, develop and promote a love of reading and writing. Movellas is launching with a writing competition on the theme of love – to tie in with Valentine’s Day.  For information visit their website.

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