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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.

Spyquest offer

Author David Goutcher is passionate about encouraging kids to read using a mixture of books and technology. His Spy Quest books have interactive components included in them that can be accessed via an app to bring the stories into the real world. You can see a video showing how the AR works here . The latest Spy Quest book Cursed Diamond includes augmented reality and allows readers to read the book and watch a movie too. 

Many schools have had great success in using the books with reluctant readers and report that their students have loved the marriage of physical and digital media. As part of a special offer to School Library Association members David has agreed that for  any bookings for school visits 

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before the end of February quoting SLA offer he will create a Spy Quest game specific to your school free of charge (the games work in a similar way to the hugely popular Pokemon Go app). The day will be extremely interactive with students taking part in challenges and working together to solve mysteries. Reviews of David's school visits are overwhelmingly glowing, as you can see from this Storify and the visits can be tied in with many subjects making them truly cross curricular. If you are interested in booking a visit please contact David via email david.goutcher[at]

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The Day Explorer offer

The Day Explorer is an online curriculum-based resource for primary schools. Every week, articles and cartoon strips on current affairs are published , allowing students to truly engage with the world around them.

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The British values page curates articles and activities that enhance schools' British values provision. The tailored content helps teachers cover the difficult topics of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and religious tolerance.

SLA members who subscribe by December 31st will receive 3 months of free usage in their first year. To find out more, call 0207 300 7316 or email enquiries[at]

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