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The SLA blog contains news about the SLA and topical information of general interest to our members. The blog has been running since 2004. An RSS 2.0 feed and information about how to subscribe to the blog are available.

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FREE resource for children with epilepsy!

A brand new seizure diary for children with epilepsy has been launched by the National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy (NCYPE). It has been designed for youngsters aged 5 to 10 and has space for recording seizures in a fun way. It is full of pictures and cartoons donated by famous authors and illustrators including Lauren Child, Axel Scheffler and Aardman Animations. Nick Sharratt designed the cover.

The diary is available free of charge by calling 01342 832243 ext. 296 or by emailing info[at]

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2009 Royal Mail Awards, Scotland’s largest children’s Book Prize

John Fardell, Lari Don and Keith Gray are each winners in the 2009 Royal Mail Awards, Scotland's largest children's Book Prize, which is voted for exclusively by children. Read more about the winners on the Scottish Booktrust website

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Free posters for school librarians!

Pan MacMillan are currently in the process of working on the film edition of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones which has now been turned into a film by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson.  They are producing some posters for the novel and would really like to just flag to all school librarians that if they do want some posters all they need to do is contact Ellen Wood on E.Wood[[at]] with a quantity and their contact details.

Please note Pan MacMillan have run out of posters now due to the fantastic response by school librarians!

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Hans Christian Andersen Award

The award winning authors David Almond, and author/illustrator Michael Foreman have been nominated for the top prize in international children's literature. The Hans Christian Andersen Awards are given biennially to a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children's literature. The award is given by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) and David Almond and Michael Foreman have been nominated by the British Section. Nominations have also been received from more than 50 other national sections.

The announcement of the winners will be made at the Bologna Children's Book Fair in March 2010 and the Awards will be presented later that year at the IBBY World Congress in Santiago de Compostela. Her Majesty Queen Margrethe ll of Denmark is Patron of these Awards.

David Almond and Michael Foreman will be talking about their work and signing copies of their books on Thursday 3 December 2009 at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, Webber Street, London SE1 8QW (near Waterloo station) starting at 6.30 for 7pm - see Events Calendar for details.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2010

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place internationally each year on 27 January, and over the past nine years thousands of teachers and librarians have commemorated HMD in their libraries and classrooms. 27 January 2010 marks a particularly poignant year as on this date 65 years ago, the largest Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated.

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust are urging everyone in the UK to become part of The Legacy of Hope on HMD 2010. You may also find it useful to request the free campaign pack and short film for HMD 2010, which is narrated by actor Daniel Radcliffe - full of ideas for planning your Holocaust Memorial Day activities.

If you would like any further information about resources, or about Holocaust Memorial Day, please do not hesitate to contact any of the HMDT Team on 0845 838 1883 or via email - enquiries[at]

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Email Problems

The gremlins have got into the system over the weekend - and the SLA office is experiencing major problems with the network and particularly the email system!  Once we are back online we will deal with any outstanding emails received, but meanwhile, please telephone the office if you have any urgent queries - 01793 791787 or fax on 01793 791786.  Sorry for the disruption to our services!

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School Librarians

Lovely piece in The Times about the need for school librarians - do have a read.

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Extended Qualifications Discussion Forum

Are you in a school that offers extended qualifications?  If so and you have any queries, problems, comments or good ideas that have worked for you and you wish to share them or discuss them, please use the new Discussion Forum topic available on the website now!

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New competition - The Seven Stones

Curled up in an armchair with a favourite book, what child hasn't dreamt of becoming part of a fantasy world?  For one lucky young reader,  that dream will soon be a reality.

Supported by several national organisations, the Seven Stones Competition will offer the opportunity for a child to become a character in the new adventure series: Terry, the Torus and the Tumblestones.  Judging panel includes representatives from: Federation of Children's Book Groups, School Library Association, Renaissance Learning, Booktrust and N. A. T. E.

Readers of the first book in the series, The Seven Stones, simply write (in 100 words or less) about who their favourite character was, and why they liked them. The winner (to be chosen from a panel made up of representatives of the above organisations, The Daily Mail and The Yorkshire Post) will become a character in the third book in the series, The Guardian of the Past.

Entries are administered by Schools and Libraries, and full details can be found on the series website.

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Perform a Poem

Perform a PoemMichael Rosen launched Perform-a-Poem, the first e-safe site for children's poetry performances, at the National Theatre on 3rd November.

He said: "I'm hoping that Perform-a-Poem will give an opportunity for children and teachers to experiment and play with poetry in an exciting way. All poems have a voice; sometimes this voice is best heard silently, but most poems enjoy being spoken and performed, because this is how we get to feel a poem." 

is a unique poetry performance website for primary school children, which encourages children to write, choose, perform, film and edit poems. Their poetry video performances can then be uploaded by their teachers, and browsed and enjoyed by children in other schools as well as families and friends.

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