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The Lollies - are you taking part?

Best Laugh Out Loud Picture Book

  • Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor and Jean Jullien
  • Slug Needs a Hug by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross
  • Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger by Helen Stephens
  • I Need a Wee! by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 6-8 year olds

  • Badly Drawn Beth by Jem Packer and Duncan McCoshan
  • Wilf the Mighty Worrier: Saves the World by Georgia Pritchett and Jamie Littler
  • The Jolley-Rogers and the Cave of Doom by Jonny Duddle
  • Thorfinn the Nicest Viking and the Awful Invasion by David MacPhail and Richard Morgan

Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 9-13 year olds.

  • Danger is Still Everywhere: Beware of the Dog by David O’Doherty and Chris Judge
  • Petunia Perry and the Curse of the Ugly Pigeon by Pamela Butchart and Gemma Correll
  • Emily Sparkes and the Friendship Fiasco by Ruth Fitzgerald
  • The Parent Agency by David Baddiel and Jim Field

Scholastic now invites all schools to get involved and vote. Children will decide the ultimate winners in each of the categories by submitting a class vote on the Lollies website, The winning books will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in London in June.

The Lollies were launched last October as a result of Scholastic’s Kids & Family Reading Report™ ( which revealed that nearly two thirds of children aged 6-17 say that when choosing books to read for fun, they want “books that make me laugh.”

The Lollies website will be open for voting from February 8th at Schools can register a class vote for their chosen winner in any, or all of the three categories. Voting closes on the 10th June 2016.

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Siobhan Dowd Trust Competition 2016

The Siobhan Dowd Trust was set up by the author Siobhan Dowd to use the income from her work to bring stories to the children that need them most.  The Trust have funded many small projects throughout the UK and love to get books into the hands of young readers. In 2016 the trust are funding an opportunity for schools and groups who work with disadvantaged young people to apply for a series of small grants to be spent in local independent bookshops.

The amount awarded in each UK region will total £1000.
Please see for further details & how to apply, or on Twitter follow @sdowdtrust 

The first deadline is 30th June in Scotland, NE region, NW region and Yorkshire & Humberside

2016 School Comp PDF

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ePlatform and eBook lending

Eplatform ScreenThe eBook lending platform that's enabling more students to discover the joy of reading

With its focus on reader engagement and features that improve literacy – ePlatform is an eBook lending platform capturing imaginations in over 1,000 schools and libraries across the UK and worldwide.

This is the most cost effective solution on the market – spend more of your budget on eBooks, not hosting. A one touch Reading App makes it easy to read eBooks anytime, anywhere – even offline. ePlatform offers more than 350,000 titles including the latest UK and international best sellers and Collection Builder compilations (lists of most borrowed titles in schools like yours) for easy collection development and Consortium features are available.

But it's the additional features that are grabbing attention. ePlatform offers customisable settings to enhance the reading experience for students with reading challenges like dyslexia. Students can vary the font, background colour, look up the meaning of unfamiliar words and use internet links to learn more.

Along with Accelerated Reader these features are opening up the world of reading to reluctant readers. Mirfield Free Grammar School says "Reluctant readers are more engaged for longer periods than they would be with a book. They are less likely to become distracted. The opportunity for students to customise their reading matter to make it more accessible to their individual needs means there is a whole new range of books available to them. Students feel empowered as they see barriers being removed. Students with SEND needs are starting to enjoy reading again!"

Of course being digital means that there is no question of damage to or loss of books. With complete control over loans, age restrictions, reporting functions and support – everything's at your fingertips.

Learn more at
Or contact: James Richmond, ePlatform Business Development Manager, UK
Tel: 01242 801852
Email: jamesr[at]

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