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Early Years Awards Winners Announced

The winners of the coveted Early Years Awards were announced last night by Wendy Cooling, Chair of the judges.  The awards exemplify the remarkable creativity in words, design and illustration necessary to encourage young children into reading.

Baby Book Award winner:
Jess Stockholm for Tucking In (Child's Play)

Pre-School Award winner:
Polly Dunbar for Penguin (Walker Books)

Best Emerging Illustrator winner:
Emily Gravett for Monkey and Me (Macmillan)

Michael Rosen, Children's Laureate 2007 - 09 also revealed Booktrust's plans to encourage and embrace the new generation of talented illustrators by launching the Big Picture Campaign, a search for the best new illustrators, first published in the UK in or after 2000. 

He said: ‘The picture book is a wonderful art form, which can delight the eye and ear at the same time.  Awards like this will enable us to welcome in the next generation, which will give us the Quentin Blake, Raymond Briggs and Shirley Hughes if the future.'

The winner will be announced in Spring 2008.

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SLA Celebrates European Day of Languages

Today is European Day of Languages, and to celebrate this the SLA has added to the website information about the Association's work in a range of other languages, including Welsh, Russian, Dutch and Chinese. More languages will be added as we receive more translations of the basic information.

The European Day of Languages was first celebrated during the European Year of Languages, 2001. This was successful in involving millions of people across 45 countries in activities to celebrate linguistic diversity and the benefits of being able to speak another language. At the end of the Year, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe decided to declare a European Day of Languages to be celebrated on 26th September each year.

The European Day of Languages: a day for celebrating linguistic diversity.  The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are to:

  • Alert the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding;
  • Promote the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe;
  • Encourage lifelong language learning in and out of school.

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Could you finish a short story started by Michael Rosen?

open book and link to www.worldbookday.comWorld Book Day, Evans Books and some of the biggest names in children's books are teaming up to create a short story competition for schools all around the country.

Given a first line from authors including Charlie Higson, Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman, Michael Rosen and Stewart Ross, school children are being asked to write their own short story to compete for entry into an anthology of twelve stories. The anthology will be launched 6 March 2008, World Book Day.

World Book Day promotes the enjoyment of books and reading; this new initiative gives children the chance to experience being authors and illustrators themselves.

The competition will be judged by writer Stewart Ross. With a background in teaching and journalism, Stewart Ross is also an award-winning children's author.

Children are also encouraged to submit illustrations for inclusion in the anthology and a winning illustration will be chosen as cover for the final book.

The final anthology will be distributed free amongst the twelve winning schools.

Schools can enter no more than ten stories and drawings in total.

Entry form and full rules of the competition

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Enter your project for the CILIP / LiS Libraries Change Lives Award

Entries are now open for the CILIP / LiS Libraries Change Lives Award - one of the leading accolades in the library and information world.

"Winning the 2007 Libraries Change Lives award was a real vote of confidence giving added credibility to the innovative approach and success of the Welcome To Your Library project."
Helen Carpenter, London Libraries Development Agency

The award highlights and rewards good practice in innovative library or information related projects that:

  • Bring people together
  • Involve communities
  • Encourage reading
  • Encourage learning
  • Share information
  • Demonstrate imagination and innovation
  • Have the potential to be developed and adapted elsewhere

CILIP welcomes entries from ANY sector of the library and information world. They could be reading projects, learning projects, or projects that promote information. They must be shown to have affected people's lives for the better, whoever those people might be.

It doesn't have to be a big project to win, whether you're a small 1 person project or a large corporately funded one, no project is too big or small. "As the only member of staff working on the project my time is extremely precious. I found the award application process straightforward and the guidelines were very useful. I was thrilled to be a finalist and attend the award ceremony."

Margaret Drinkwater, School Library Service Manager, LARGE Project (finalist in 2007)

The judges will choose three finalists and all receive:

  • National recognition
  • Enhanced credibility with fund holders and decision makers
  • The opportunity to celebrate your success with staff, users and partners
  • Prize money to put into your project
  • A VIP day at the Library + information Show

The overall winner will receive a trophy and prize money of £5,000.  The two other finalists will receive a certificate and prize money of £2,000 each.

More information

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New resources for International School Library Day 2007

collage posterThis year the SLA has created some great new resources to help you to promote ISLD, which will be held this year on Monday 1st October. They include a range of posters and two different bookmarks (one primary and one secondary), all of which are now available on the ISLD webpages, plus a short fun video which will be available soon.

In addition the posters and bookmarks will shortly be available in Welsh.

We have tried to portray a range of age groups and schools, and we hope everyone will find some posters that suit them. In addition there's also a composite poster which matches the bookmarks. Many thanks to the schools and students who took part in the video and photographs!

isld poster - primaryYou don't have to be an SLA member to download the posters or bookmarks - just note that the images are copyright and should not be used in any other way without our permission. You can print them off yourself, on an A4 or A3 printer, or if you'd like really good quality, you're welcome to download them and take them to your local print shop. They are high enough resolution to be printed up to A3 size.

The talking heads style video features some of the students you will see in these posters, talking about how much they enjoy their library, so feel free to use it as much as you like. Once again please note it is copyright and should not be edited or altered in any way.

For 2007 we have also created a brand new competition for ISLD, with prizes for the best entry at primary and secondary levels.ISLD poster - secondary

We hope you'll enjoy using these new resources to celebrate the work that takes place in school libraries all over the world, but especially in your library. Why not use them as a focus for a day of special activities? (There are lots of ideas on the resources webpages!)

And finally - do tell us about what you did to make International School Library Day special in your school. You can use the Member's Discussion Forum, or you can e-mail us via our contact page . Whatever you decide to do, enjoy the day.


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KS3 Slavery Competition and Study Programme

Leading figures from the media and education have pledged their support for a national initiative organised by Understanding Slavery and the Department for Children, Schools and Families. BBC History Magazine's History Teacher of the Year, Daniel Burton, and award winning journalist and broadcaster George Alagiah have announced their participation in ‘The Big Conversation 2007' - a national competition and debate which encourages students to research and discuss the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade.

‘The Big Conversation 2007' supports the study of the transatlantic slave trade in the KS3 citizenship and history curricula. It links with the addition of the subject to the KS3 history programme of study from 2008 and the new Citizenship strand ‘Identity and Diversity - Living Together in the UK'. The competition is supported by The Citizen Resource - a free teaching pack available free to all schools in England and an interactive student website which places the historical issues in a modern day context.

The competition requires young people to work together in their schools to develop journalistic projects in response to one of the following questions:

  • How and why should Britons commemorate the transatlantic slave trade?
  • How can Britons learn from this history and celebrate a modern society with a diverse heritage?

Entries will take the form of a newspaper article, audio interview/narrative or short film. The competition will be judged in the autumn by a range of professionals and personalities from education, the arts, literature and the media including Daniel Burton and George Alagiah. Students from the winning schools will have the opportunity to discuss their final work, ideas and views in ‘The Big Conversation 2007' debate on 6th December with representatives from education, culture and the media.

The winning schools will also be offered a one-day workshop with a journalist or documentary film-maker, as well as receiving £500 towards the cost of visiting a museum.

The Citizen Resource - a printed pack for teachers and a corresponding website for students has been designed as a lasting teaching tool.  The resources are organised under four themes - Activism, Heritage, Identity and Routes and contain lesson plans and activities, image cards of artefacts and archive material as well as biographies of historical individuals affected by the legacies of the slave trade. Teachers in England can request the free resource by e-mailing enquiries[at]thebigconversation2007.com

The closing date for entries is the 19 October and winners will be announced on the 13 November.

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Bath Festival of Children’s Literature, special offer to schools

The organisers of the Bath Festival of Children's Literature are running a 3 for 2 ticket offer which will be available exclusively to schools. It can include families and parents as well.

They have tried to include a wide range of events that include illustrators and debut authors to big name authors and rising stars. Hopefully there's something for everyone.

To take advantage of this offer call the box office, details below and quote ‘school offer'

(Receive three tickets for individual events when you buy Two Full Price Tickets.)

Friday 21st September
A1 - Bath Spa University Children's Literature Debate

Saturday 22nd September
B1 - Meet Emily Gravett
B3 - Something Wickedly Weird with Chris Mould
B5 - Look Out! It's the DFC
B11 - Meet David Melling
B15 - Hoorah for Charlie Bone! with Jenny Nimmo
B16 - Cat Royal Rules OK! With Julia Golding
B18 - Peter Pan in Scarlet with Geraldine McCaughrean
B20 - Writing For Children with Joanne Harris, Tim Lott & Lucy Hawking

Sunday 23rd September
C1 - The Edge Chronicles with Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
C2 - Teen Trouble According to Sue Limb
C5 - Garth Nix
C6 - An Urgent Message of Wowness with Karen McCombie
C9 - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Roald Dahl
C13 - 25 Years of Fighting Fantasy with Ian Livingstone
C14 - Totally Lucy with Kelly McKain
C20 - Fantasy: Garth Nix, Stuart Hill, Angie Sage

Tuesday 25th September                         
E1 - Let's Hear it For the Girls      

Thursday 27th September
G2 - Eyes on the Prize

Saturday 29th September                                    
J3 - Darren Shan                                   
J8 - Louise Rennison                                            
J11 - Eoin Colfer
J19 - Neil Gaiman                                       

Sunday 30th September
K8 - The Mythology Show
K13 - Meet David Roberts
K14 - Nick Hornby
K15 - Malcolm Rose
K16 - Frank Beddor, David Clement-Davies & Catherine Fisher

Not Available on a Mix and Match Basis
Quote Reference ‘Schools Offer'
This offer does not apply to tickets bought online.

Bath Festivals Box Office
Tel 01225 463362


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National Schools Film Week 2007

Start planning now for National Schools Film Week which takes place on 15th - 19th October for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, or  29th October - 2nd November for Scotland.

This October, over ¼ million primary and secondary school children will enjoy the 1,750 free schools screenings and events now programmed into cinemas throughout the UK as part of the 12th National Schools Film Week (NSFW).

The central theme of this year's NSFW is The World We Live In, reflected through a range of current and forthcoming films that focus on the environment, social and racial injustice, bullying, politics and more broadly, the world as shown from a variety of different perspectives.

Teachers can now book online at http://www.nsfw.org/ or call the NSFW booking line on 020 7439 4880

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