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SLA's Friday Favourites (12/08)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

Information Book Award: 'I truly and believe that information books have never been more important.'

Author and winner of the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books 2021, Anita Ganeri, discusses the importance writing non-fiction ahead of the opening of our Children's Choice Book Club

Author Corner: 'As a writer I am always trying to recapture the magic that I first discovered in libraries'

Skye McKenna discusses her debut book 'Hedgewitch' and the inspiration behind it in the first post of our brand new blog series called Author Corner.

'Children only become good readers if they read for pleasure at home'

Heybrook Primary and Nursery School reception teacher, David Battersby, spoke to us about opening a new library in his school.

SLA's Friday Favourites (22/07)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

Softlink/SLA survey: How do you get the best from eBooks?

With some schools still reporting a lack of uptake or interest in e-books, we explore some of the issues surrounding e-books in schools.

SLA champions school libraries at the House of Commons

As part of the celebrations for the SLA's 85th anniversary, Justin Tomlinson MP hosted a roundtable on the ways that school libraries can be a part of the solution to the issues we are facing today

SLA's Friday Favourites (08/07)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

In conversation with... Nikki Heath

The write-up!

85th Anniversary: Decades of SLA awards

Chris Routh, long-time judge of the Information Book Award, and Geoff Dubber, past chair the School Librarian of the Year Award, look back at their time being involved with SLA's awards.

SLA's Friday Favourites (24/06)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

The differing impacts of COVID - a blog from the Softlink/SLA school libraries survey

This blog uses the results of the Softlink/SLA survey to uncover the impact of COVID

Innovation at Accessit Library

As part of the lead up to our Weekend Course, headline sponsor Accessit's Jen Winn shares her experience of evaluating and choosing Accessit for her school and the journey thereafter

Delving Deep into the Memory: Exploiting Our Inner Resources

Dr Andrew Shenton explores ways to exploit our own memories of successful activities we experienced as students when teaching information literacy.

SLA's Friday Favourites (20/05)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

Next Steps for Tackling Fake News and Improving Media Literacy

SLA Patron and Professor of Media and Education at Bournemouth University Julian McDougall attended a Westminster Forum event which looked at how fake news can be confronted and how media literacy can be improved.

Insights to an SLS: From Box to Shelf – Creating a New Primary School Library

Pat Lipinski from Gloucestershire Schools Library Service tells us about one of their recent projects.

85th Anniversary: Two decades and more of SLA Publications

Geoff Dubber, previous Publications Co-ordinator and past SLA Chair, remembers his time managing SLA's Publications

Why Children’s Books Shouldn’t Be Sanitized

Alison Tarrant, Chief Executive of the School Library Association (SLA) stresses why we must stand up against censorship

SLA's Friday Favourites (06/05)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

'I absolutely believe that if a child might experience it, then it is the business of children’s literature to talk about it.'

In the wake of recent global events, author Nicola Davies discusses how stories can help children explore and deal with difficult issues

SLA's Friday Favourites (15/04)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

Richard Gerver in conversation with... Jonathan Douglas

The write-up!

SLA's Friday Favourites (01/04)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

'Having credible book recommendations is vital for parents'

Vivek Govil, Managing Director, UK Education and Education Services at Oxford University Press discusses new research showing parents tend to read the books they loved when little to their own children

Forward into the future - our new five year strategy

In this blog, Sue Bastone, Chair of the Trustees, discusses our strategy and our plans for the future.

SLA's Friday Favourites (04/03)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

SLA's Friday Favourites (18/02)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

5 things you should know about School Library Services

Schools Library Services (SLSs) across the country exist to help schools. In this new blog series we uncover more around how SLS's can support teachers and library staff, starting with Val Sawyer, Principal Librarian at Nottinghamshire's Education Library Service.

SLA's Friday Favourites (04/02)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

SLA's Friday Favourites (21/01)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

‘Racism, prejudice, extreme views and dangerous leaders are not a thing of the past’

With Holocaust Memorial Day coming up at the end of this month, author Liz Kessler discusses the importance of books in helping change our society for the better.

From classic books to big screen adventures

FREE activity pack for new Amazing Mr Blunden film

Richard Gerver in conversation with... Baasit Siddiqui

The write-up

SLA's Friday Favourites (17/12)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

'School Libraries' versatile nature places them at the heart of the learning experience'

Founder of Abercorn School, Andrea Greystoke, speaks to the School Library Association about the vital role school libraries play in education.

School Libraries: The Big Picture and the All-important Details

Annual Reports: why so important?

Annual reports may not be the highlight of your year, but they are the key to unlocking engagement

SLA's Friday Favourites (26/11)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

Celebrating the facts in fiction for Non-Fiction November

Author Amy Raphael writes about the joy of using facts in her books

IBA Spotlight: Tom Adams

Meet the author of 'Youthquake'

SLA's Friday Favourites (05/11)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

Findings from the SLA Member Survey 2021

IBA Spotlight: Polly Faber

Meet the author of 'Building a Home'

Richard Gerver in conversation with... Karthik Krishnan

The event write-up

COP26: Virtual Book Showcase For Climate Change

Free climate change resources are available to schools during COP26 thanks to a publisher partnership

IBA Spotlight: Katie Daynes

Meet the author of 'Why Do Things Die?'

SLA's Friday Favourites: Information Books Special

Fantastic non-fiction we think you'll love.

IBA Spotlight: Jane Wilsher and Maggie Li

Meet the creators of 'What Do Scientists Do All Day?'

IBA Spotlight: Tom Jackson

Meet the author of 'Fake News'

Using Information Books in the Classroom: Helpful Hints

SLA's Friday Favourites: Information Books Special

Fantastic non-fiction we think you'll love.

IBA Spotlight: Tiffany Jewell

Meet the author of 'This Book is Anti-Racist'

SLA's Friday Favourites (24/09)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

Update from the SLA AGM: SLA Annual Report 2020-21

Here is a blog version of the Chair's report from the SLA AGM for those who couldn't attend. After the AGM Alison Tarrant, CEO, shared some insights from the Member Survey, and these will follow in due course.

The Mark Shvidler Library

Daphne O'Connell, Development Director at Summer Fields school in Oxford, writes about the school's newly refurbished library

Re-launching after Covid update

SLA's Friday Favourites (03/09)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

Back to Basics After the Pandemic

Rebecca Henry shares her tips for how fellow librarians can help support pupils’ learning in a post pandemic world

SLA's Friday Favourites (20/08)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

SLA's Friday Favourites (06/08)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

‘It’s at challenging times like these that stories allow us to escape’

The Story Museum presents a new exhibition designed to offer hope in the pandemic through creativity, imagination and play.

SLA's Friday Favourites (23/07)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

Books have provided escapism for children over the past year – we must continue to encourage reading enjoyment

Developing a reading culture during the pandemic for all pupils

SLA's Friday Favourites (02/07)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

'Football is more than a game, it’s also about people and stories'

The SLA talk to Marcus Rashford’s co author of 'You Are a Champion: How To Be the Best You Can Be'

Why is the Information Book Award important?

SLA's Friday Favourites (18/06)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

Past & Present: Poetry that answers back

Poetry Society Teacher Trailblazer Gareth Ellis on how to inspire the next generation of young poets

SLA's Friday Favourites (04/06)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

SLA's Friday Favourites (21/05)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

SLA's Friday Favourites (07/05)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

SLA's Friday Favourites (16/04)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

SLA's Friday Favourites (02/04)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

SLA's Friday Favourites (19/03)

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

SLA's Friday Favourites

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

Development and Discussion 2020: There are many paths to poetry, choose the one you enjoy

Gareth Ellis is Library Manager at Whitley Bay High School, North Tyneside. Gareth has been selected by The Poetry Society as a Teacher Trailblazer after being nominated by his students for helping to inspire writing, reading and performing poetry across the school.

CE Blog 2020 5: A new year; a new challenge

This year’s return to school hasn’t been like any other in living memory.

Development and Discussion 2020: 500 Words – shedding light on children’s language

Helen Freeman takes us on a journey of 500 words, and plans for the future.

Annual Reports: why so important?

Annual reports may not be the highlight of your year, but they are the key to unlocking engagement

Development and Discussion 2020 – How can digital education platforms enhance pupils’ experience of the library?

Varied Voices 5: Looking Forward Even Though It's Impossible

Honestly, I have no idea what to write for this blog.

CE Blog 4: Changes and implications due to COVID-19

Alison summarises the changes and implications that COVID-19 has caused to the SLA, and how we're working to support the sector.

Varied Voices 2020 4: Asha and the Spirit Bird, blog by Jasbinder Bilan

Jasbinder Bilan talks about her writing process for the Varied Voices blog.

Discussion and Development 2020 2: As we begin, so shall we go, by Darryl Toerien

Guest post by Darryl Toerien

CE Blog 2020 3: Research and Insights

There have been a few useful and interesting research reports revealed recently so I thought I’d take this opportunity to have a look through them, and highlight some of the bits I found personally interesting.

Information and digital literacy – richer through collaboration (Accessit)

Guest post by Accessit Library

CE Blog 2020 2: Could every day be World Book Day? Building positivity

Varied Voices 2020 3: Being an Author: Lessons I Have Learnt

Pooja Puri talks about her writing process for the Varied Voices blog.

CEO 2020 1: The power of reading

Reading is a powerful thing – many of us know this, and yet it can be something that we take for granted. The power of reading, to illustrate, move, change a thought process or perspective. The wonder of building a unique connection between two brains and leaving an imprint..

Varied Voices 2020 2: Being a Storyteller

Rashmi Sirdeshpande talk about her writing process for the Varied Voices blog.

Discussion and Development 2020 1: Read for Empathy

Varied Voices 2020 1: Nizrana Farook - What does a jambu taste like?

Development and Discussion 2019 11: Precision engineering the role of school library staff - Using Inquiry to engage teachers across the curriculum

CE Blog 2019 11: Highlights from 2019

Alison reflects on 2019; sharing the many highlights from a busy year in the SLA office

Books for Christmas

This annual blog has become something of a tradition; our Book Reviews Editor highlights the lovely new Christmas themed books currently available for seasonal storytelling or gifting! Happy Christmas and Happy Reading from your Book Reviews Editor!

Development and Discussion 2019 10: School Libraries Share

Varied Voices: 3 - Sufiya Ahmed

The story behind how Under the Great Plum Tree came to be.

CEO Blog 2019 10: Scottish Takeover: Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools

It's a CEO takeover! Pamela Tulloch, Chief Executive Officer of the Scottish Library and Information Council talks about her work on behalf of Scottish school libraries