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Do you have ideas about the SLA?

Do you want to contribute to the way the Association moves forward into the 21st century?  Then if you (or the place where you work) is a member, why not consider standing for election to our Executive Committee?

Your commitment would be to attend three meetings of the Committee, which are held on Saturdays, and reasonable expenses are paid to cover your costs.  However you could also become involved in developing our training, or the content of the website, or in our publications programme.   You might be asked to host training courses (full support is given) or help to staff our exhibition stand at one of the major annual exhibitions such as BETT.  You'd also be able to attend the Annual Weekend Course, at no cost, although we would expect you to do some work while there!

Often, though not always, our Executive Committee members have had experience on the committee of one of our Branches, so if you are involved with a Branch and know of someone who might fit the bill do prompt them to consider it.

Those who have stood for election in the past have said how much they have enjoyed the time on Committee and that they have gained far more than they have given, so do think now about whether you could be ready to stand for election.

For more information see Committee Members - Roles and Responsibilities.
Please complete a nomination form and return it to the SLA office by 30th January at the latest.

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Children’s Poetry Bookshelf Competition Winners 2007

Children's Poetry Bookshelf Competition Winners 2007This nationwide poetry competition, now in its second year, is run by the Children's Poetry Bookshelf, a poetry book club for young people run by the Poetry Book Society. To link with National Poetry Day on Thursday 4 October, children aged 7-11 were invited to submit poems on the theme of Dreams. Nearly 5,000 entries were received from schools and individual children all over the country.

Following an afternoon of what was described by one of the judges as ‘a fine and cheerful bit of teamwork', 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to children in two age groups (7-8 and 9-11) and five further young poets received high commendations. The judges were thrilled with the overall quality of the poems and Michael Rosen described the winning entries as ‘a clutch of terrific poems'.

‘We were delighted by the accomplishment of this year's entries, beautiful and surprising pictures hit us between the eyes and we felt that over and over again the children had really made these poems matter to them and this was no exercise.' said Michael Rosen, Chair of the judging panel.

The PBS held a gala celebration and prize-giving on Friday 7th December at the Unicorn Theatre in London, hosted by the new Children's Laureate, Michael Rosen, also the Chair of the judging panel. Two more members of the judging panel, poets Valerie Bloom and Wes Magee, performed at the event. The winning young poets were presented with their prizes and invited to read their poems to an audience of friends, family, teachers and children from local London schools. A booklet containing the winning poems was also available on the day for the children and other audience members to take away with them.

The Children's Poetry Bookshelf Competition is generously supported by Old Possum's Practical Trust.

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Nestle Children’s Book Prize winners announced

Matt Haig reading from Shadow ForestThis prestigious and popular prize, now in its 23rd year, celebrates the nation's best children's books and is voted for by children themselves, from a list selected by experienced judges including Julia Eccleshare (chair) Jane Ray. Keith Gray and Joel Ricketts.

At a packed award ceremony at the British Library hosted by children's TV presenter Michael Absalom, children representing the thousands who read, discussed and voted, presented the awards to the winners.

In the under five category the winning book was When a Monster is Born by Sean Taylor and Nick Sharratt, while the six to eight years category was won by Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell, the artist featured on the cover of the Winter 2007 issue of The School Librarian. Finally, in the nine to eleven years section the winner was Shadow Forest by Matt Haig.

Sam Fulton from Nestlé said: "I'd like to thank the thousands of schoolchildren who took part in this year's Nestlé Children's Book Prize and especially our young judges who worked so hard to choose the winners. We are delighted to have been able to work with them to recognise the best of British children's fiction in this way".

The prize is administered by Booktrust, an independent charity which promotes books and reading.

Nestlé Children's Book Prize 2007 full results:

Books for 9 to 11 year olds:
Gold - Shadow Forest by Matt Haig (Bodley Head)
Silver - Catcall by Linda Newbery (Orion Children's Books)
Bronze - Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve (Scholastic Children's Books)

Books for 6 to 8 year olds:
Gold - Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell (Macmillan Children's
Silver - Ivan The Terrible by Anne Fine (Egmont Press)
Bronze - Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett (Macmillan Children's Books)

Books for five years and under:
Gold - When a Monster is Born by Sean Taylor and Nick Sharratt (Orchard Books)
Silver - Penguin by Polly Dunbar (Walker Books)
Bronze - Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie by Joel Stewart (Doubleday)

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