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The London Eye Mystery wins Bisto Book of the Year

The Bisto Book of the Year Awards winners were announced a special ceremony on May 22nd in Dublin. The CBI Bisto Book of the Year Awards are presented annually in recognition of excellence in writing and illustration. The awards are administered by CBI and sponsored by Bisto (Premier Foods).

Bisto Book of the Year
The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
Published by David Fickling 

Eilis Dillon Award
The Thing With Finn
by Tom Kelly
Published by Macmillan Children's Books  

Honour Awards
The Black Book of Secrets by FE Higgins
Published by Macmillan Children's Books

The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers
Published by Harper Collins Children's Books

Wilderness by Roddy Doyle
Published by Scholastic Children's Books 

Also shortlisted were:
The Alchemyst
by Michael Scott
Published by Doubleday Children's Books
Discover Art by Jessica O'Donnell
Published by Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane  
Gaiscioch na Beilte Uaine le Caitriona Nic Sheain by Andrew Whitson
Published by An Snathaid Mhor
The Last of the High Kings by Kate Thompson
Published by The Bodley Head
Titanic 2020 by Colin Bateman
Published by Hodder Children's Books 

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More reading for pleasure in National Year of Reading

Here is another opportunity to encourage even more reading for pleasure in schools this year. The SLA is making specially discounted bundles of publications available to everyone.

For primary schools the bundle will contain three booklists:

  • Riveting Reads 3 - 6
  • Riveting Reads 6 - 8
  • Riveting Reads 8 - 12
For secondary schools the publications will be
  • Fully Booked
  • Brilliant Books
  • Riveting Reads 12 - 16
    or Riveting Reads 15 - 19 Narrative Information
    or Riveting Reads: A View of the World

All bundles are priced at £15 for members and £18 for non-members.

Order your bundle online

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JISC Online Collections for Schools pilot project

From April 2008, all UK schools can benefit from nationally negotiated agreements for a range of specially selected, high quality online subscription services - from newspaper archives and image databanks to invaluable resources covering history, science, modern languages, art and music, and much, much more!

Discounts of up to 75%, as well as generous licensing terms, have been achieved by JISC Collections through direct negotiation with publishers on behalf of UK schools at a national level. To achieve the best discounts though, schools should subscribe together in a 'buying group' through their Regional Broadband Consortia.

The online resources offered through the scheme offer a whole host of benefits to teachers and learners alike. These include unlimited simultaneous access, use on interactive whiteboards and virtual learning platforms and incorporation into teaching material and student projects.

For your free 30-day trial of all of JISC Collections for Schools resources, simply e-mail schoolstrial(at)jisc.ac.uk or fill in the online form.

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SLA School Librarian of the Year 2008 announced

Nikki Heath, School Librarian of the Year 2008At an exciting and celebratory event in Westminster on 7th June Nikki Heath of Werneth School, Stockport, was announced School Librarian of the Year 2008, and presented with her award by special guest Philip Reeve, award winning author of the Mortal Engines series and many other books for children and teenagers.

The judging panel, who had visited many librarians around the UK shortlisted from those nominated by their colleagues this year, said of Nikki:

"Although Nikki's natural teaching ability was evident during the Yr 7 lesson we observed, her passion for supporting students to become both confident, independent researchers and to read for pleasure is her driving force. She provides constant opportunities to do this for all abilities, using both her original ideas and those initiated by other members of staff."

Full Honour List:


  • Nikki Heath, Werneth School, Stockport

Very Highly Commended:

  • Karen Bhatti, Yeading Junior School, Hayes
  • Shona Phillips, The Royal Blind School, Edinburgh
The Honour List:
  • Anne Dawson, Dulwich College Junior School, London
  • Robert Logan, Queen Elizabeth’s Community College Upper School, Crediton
  • Rebecca Marshall, Lipson Community College, Plymouth

Many congratulations to all six librarians.

As always the SLA are very grateful to our sponsors, who this year are The Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), Scholastic and Softlink Europe, without whose support the Award could not be maintained.

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