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OUP - Building an Outstanding Reading School

With Ofsted and the New Curriculum’s focus on Reading for Pleasure, Oxford University Press have developed a new resource for primary schools to help them make it work in their school.

OUP's Building an Outstanding Reading School campaign gives you six practical strategies to ensure that all your children can read and choose to read.

Developed by English adviser and former school leader, James Clements, the six key strategies provide a simple framework to help you get to the heart of Reading for Pleasure, and support you in creating a whole-school reading plan.  You can also enter a competition to work with James Clements in your school!

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Two new books from SLA

Riveting Reads 9-13The SLA has just launched two new publications. Riveting Reads 9-13 by Joy Court and Isobel Powell offers a vivid and authoritative annotated booklist to encourage the 9 to 13 age range to read for pleasure. Sifting through the wealth and depth of recent children’s literature, the list will guide and enthuse school library staff and their readers.

Keeping It Legal: Copyright Guidance for School Library Staff by Graham P. Cornish clearly explains many aspects of copyright and provides useful references and websites. This is a revised edition of a key text to help make life easier for anyone working in a school library.

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Full results of 2013's Stan Lee Excelsior Awards

The full results of the Stan Lee Excelsior Award 2013 have been announced.

1st Place - SUPERGIRL: LAST DAUGHTER OF KRYPTON by Michael Green, Mike Johnson and Mahmud Asrar (DC)

2nd Place - TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: CHANGE IS CONSTANT by Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz and Dan Duncan (IDW)

3rd Place - WONDER WOMAN: BLOOD by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang and Tony Akins (DC)

Winner of the JABBICA (Judge A Book By Its Cover Award) - SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET by Declan Shalvey (Classical Comics)

Winner of the TRUE BELIEVERS AWARD (for the school that returned the most Rating Forms) - SILVERDALE SCHOOL, SHEFFIELD

For more details: a fantastic 'news bulletin style' movie on the homepage has been hurriedly put together this past weekend by the workhorses at Digital Story Engine.



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TACCLE EU course in Urbino, Italy in May 2013

SLA Board member Sally Dring - also Learning Resources Manager and Literacy and Numeracy C0-0rdinator at Ripon Grammar School - had been granted funding to attend this year's TACCLE (Teachers’ Aids on Creating Content for Learning Environments) http://taccle2.eu/ project of the European Lifelong Learning Programme.  During and following the experience Sally created a blog to let everyone know how things went.  Here is a link to it: http://scdring1.wordpress.com/.

Don't forget applications are still welcome for the 2014 TACCLE course.

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Live Junior Football Phone In with Dan Freedman

This is the chance for someone at your school to broadcast their football views on LIVE RADIO….

On Wednesday July 17, author Dan Freedman will be trialling a Junior Football Phone in on Colourful Radio.

Dan has a regular slot on this station, where he discusses the latest football news and issues, alongside playing some great music.

For this show, and following lots of interest in the radio and sports journalism during my school visits, Dan would like to open the airwaves to the brightest young football fans around the country.

Callers will have a 5 minute slot to make their point about whatever is exciting, worrying or annoying them ahead of the new season….Topics could include:

  • Best signing of the summer
  • Predictions for the coming season
  • How football should improve or change in 2013/14

Really, though, he will talk about whatever you like…just make it fun and interesting!

The show is from 1.30pm-4pm and you and your school will be able to either listen live via the internet or listen again at any time.

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Projects for International School Library Month - Bookmark Project

ISLMThe ISLM Bookmark Exchange Project involves matched schools making homemade bookmarks (any style, shape, etc - be creative) that reflect the International School Library Month theme.  The theme for 2013 is School Libraries: Doorways to Life.  Once again Breege O'Brien of Ireland will co-ordinate the 2013 Bookmark Exchange Project. Register early so that you have plenty of time for your students to create some wonderful bookmarks. Those schools taking a Summer break soon might find this beneficial for planning purposes.

Last year (2012) 17, 829  students, ranging in ages from 3  to 18 yrs, from schools in 22 countries participated in the Project.  Students from Canada, Croatia, Australia, the UK, Hong Kong  China, Mainland China,   Jamaica, Ireland, India, Pakistan, Hungary, Trinidad & Tobago, New Zealand, Indonesia, Romania, Scotland, Costa Rica, Portugal, Poland, Georgia, Italy and Estonia  all enjoyed bookmarks from new friends living in another part of the world.

The Bookmark Exchange Project is a simple, fun way of sharing the pleasure and delights of books and libraries and of making new friends through school libraries worldwide. If you and your students did not get involved last year perhaps you will in 2013. If you have a matched school early enough you may wish to have your students communicate with each other before you make your Bookmarks exchange in readiness for International School Library Month in October.

If you would like to become involved in this project, you will need to send the following information to the ISLM Bookmark Coordinator, Breege O'Brien (islmbookmarkexchange@gmail.com)

  • your school's name
  • your school's location (city, state/province/country)
  • the age level of the students to be involved (Please  note: sending Grade/Class  details alone is not adequate as the Coordinator is not familiar with grade structures worldwide)
  • the number of students  involved per age group  involved eg. 50 students aged 9, 300 students aged 5 – 6, 8 students aged 12, etc (this is very important to ensure you are matched to groups of similar size and age profile)
  • the contact information (name and email address - include a contact email where you can be reached during any school holidays)

Matching will be taking place once registrations begin to come in, and  on a regular basis between August and the end of September.
Please note the following:

  • You should aim to send the bookmarks to your matched school in October
  • In order to avoid disappointment for students and teachers in your matched school, please follow through on your bookmark commitment.

Please register for the project as soon as possible so they can set up your match by sending the details above  to the Bookmark Project Coordinator. If you have already sent your details and have not had them acknowledged by the end of August please resend them.

For more information or to add your name to the list of participatingschools, contact: Breege O'Brien, Bookmark Project Coordinator at islmbookmarkexchange@gmail.com


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Man Booker 2013

ManBLast year, for the first time, the Man Booker Prize made available to secondary schools and sixth form colleges a range of resources to enable schools to highlight the prize to its students. Following the success of the 2012 initiative (over 100 schools participated) Man Booker are again making available a wide range of free resources. The package is free to schools - details are included in the PDF

Man Booker July 2013

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Kids Lit Quiz World Final 2013

Kids Lit Quiz LogoCongratulations to the team from Cockermouth School in Cumbria who took part in the International Final of the Kids' Lit Quiz in South Africa on 3 July 2013. In their second appearance in an International Final, they came fourth, scoring 26 with the winning team from South Africa scoring 31. There is a lovely clip on YouTube about this years final.

The Kids' Lit Quiz is a major national celebration of books and reading imported to the UK from New Zealand, which offers irresistible reading challenges in the school library, broadens awareness and is great fun! Find out about entering a team from your school: www.kidslitquiz.com/enter-a-team

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UKLA Academic Book Award 2013

The winner of the UKLA Academic Book award is announced.

Unique, distinctive, stunning, inspirational – these are just some of the overwhelmingly enthusiastic comments made by the panel about the winner of the 2013 UKLA Academic Book Award.

The winner, announced a the gala dinner of the 49th UKLA International Conference at Liverpool Hope University July 5th-7th is:

Children’s Picturebooks: The art of visual storytelling by Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles. Publisher Laurence King Publishing.

The winners received their award at a gala on July 6th

This award is presented every two years for recently published academic text about the teaching of English for teachers, students, consultants or  HE tutors.  Lynda Graham, panel chair, said:  The quality of books submitted by publishers this year is exceptionally high. The panel looks for books that make a lasting, significant contribution to the teaching of English.
The panel also highly commends the ‘beautifully written, inspirational’

Writing voices: Creating Communities of Writers by Teresa Cremin and Debra Myhill

Publisher Routledge


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winner of the NEW UKLA competition ‘Celebrating Quality Texts’ is announced.

UKLA Celebrating Quality Texts 2013


The winner of the NEW UKLA competition ‘Celebrating Quality Texts’ is announced.

The award is for imaginative, creative response to ONE of the books longlisted for the prestigious UKLA Book Award

The first winner is:

Y1 teacher Sara Radley

from Eastway Primary School, Merseyside. 

Sara’s award winning work is for her class response to

Eric?...the hero? by Chris Wormell.

Sara was presented with her prize by the author at the wine reception to announce the UKLA Book Awards 2013 on July 5th. She also presented her work at the UKLA international Conference at Liverpool Hope university on July 6th, together with author Chris Wormell and some of her Y1 children

Headteacher Debbie Marchant commented: “We are so proud to be the first winners of the competition and are really excited that the children will have the chance to meet Chris Wormwell, the author, and accept our award”.

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Bursaries available for 2014 IBBY World Congress

The IBBY 2012 World Congress in London was a huge success, welcoming delegates from around the world to discuss and celebrate children’s literature. To build on this success, IBBY UK is supporting two of its members to attend the 2014 World Congress in Mexico City, September 10-13, 2014 on the subject “Reading as an inclusive experience.” www.ibbycongress2014.org

There are two bursaries available. One is for post-graduate students of children’s literature or those working towards a qualification in illustration for children; the other is for anyone with an established interest in children’s books and literacy or the work of IBBY. It is intended that at least one bursary will go to an applicant aged under 35; and special consideration will be given to applicants who have offered to give a paper or poster session at the Congress. A member of the IBBY UK Committee will also be supported to attend the Congress.

For full details please download the document below:

UK Bursary Details

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Weekend course presentations available

Belfast Presententation

We have now uploaded a number of presentations given by speakers at the SLA Weekend Course in Belfast. Great for general background information and CPD. They are in slideshare format and we also have a storify digest of tweets and even a video of the Céilí.

More from the Belfast weekend coming soon!

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