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The SLA Resources Blog is designed to highlight new resources which we at the SLA think may be of interest to school librarians and to others working in related fields. The blog is available at https://www.sla.org.uk/resources-blog.php and can also be read via an RSS feed at https://www.sla.org.uk/sla-resources-rss.php.

Older blog posts are still available, though archived, on the website, but please check the date at the top of the post to make sure the offer or information is likely to be valid.

Browns are Bringing Literacy Resources to You!

Feedback from customers has found the decline in showrooms, reduced resources and time restraints a challenge for literacy co-ordinators sourcing educational content for students.

Browns Books for Students have endeavoured to find a solution to provide as many physical books as possible, including our handpicked collections and newly published titles directly to our customers.

Browns Books for Students have created a Mobile Educational Book Showroom in a double decker bus! Stocked with over 4000 books for the educational sectors.

Our Book Bus is an Alexander ALX400 low-floor Double Decker with a 2002 Dennis Trident 2 chassis that has been completely refurbished and customised to our unique requirements. Measuring 10.5metres long, 2.55metres wide and 4.4metres tall and fitted with an external awning, creating an amazing 50 sq. metre mobile experience.

The lower level of the bus is fitted with two electronic meeting spaces, with live terminals to research titles or receive demonstrations on our online ordering platform or our eBook platform, VLeBooks.

The top deck has been transformed into a mobile showroom with 17 bespoke shelves displaying over 4000 physical books.  We also have 8 electronic displays providing additional information on the content and educational resources.

With mobile stock scanners, users can enjoy browsing the books and scan titles to create selections. Utilise the ordering terminals to review selections and place orders, which are available to be dispatched the same day, or serviced to your bespoke requirements and arrive shelf ready for your library.


Getting Everyone Involved!

Why not have students or library representatives on our Book Bus to put together selections that both themselves and their peers consider of interest; and would like to see in their library?

We strongly believe that if patrons of their libraries feel connected and involved in selecting the content for the libraries, they will utilise the library service even more.

Anyone can use a stock scanner to create their selections for you to review and decide whether to purchase.

On board collections will provide Department Heads and Literacy co-ordinators an effective resource to compare and review teaching resources in one place. No need to see multiple reps, no travel, or biased heavy selling.


Bringing Literacy Resources to You!

We believe that accessibility to books is crucial and our Book Bus will give the opportunity not only to major cities, but to assist rural communities and educational establishments who are not fortunate to have a static bookstore/showroom.

Our Book Bus will give access to content on site, creating an exciting and unique experience whereby everyone can get involved in viewing titles and adding new stock into schools and community libraries.


For more information:

THE BOOK BUS Browns Books for Students, 22-28 George Street, Hull HU1 3AP, Marketing Manager: Nic Hales Tel 01482 384660 - Email nic.hales[at]brownsbfs.co.uk - brownsbfs.co.uk

Read Write Inc Open Days

On 19 March a selection of 'Model Schools' in the UK are inviting headteachers and literacy leads to attend an open day to see the Read Write Inc. education programme in practice. Attendees can find out how the programme, published by Oxford University Press, can improve literacy and help to decrease the 'word gap' between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers.  


The open day will take place on Monday 19 March in Caerphilly, Cornwall, Derby, Norfolk, Romford, Wokingham, Birmingham and East Sussex at 'Model Schools' for Read Write Inc., and will be open to all headteachers and literacy leads in the local area. At the open day visitors can expect to find out how the Read Write Inc. programme is implemented in their schools and see the benefits of the programme and it is improving literacy. During the day, visitors will be able to observe lessons, meet other schools in the area, get advice on how to implement the programme and see the positive impact on behaviour across the school. 


One of the highlight factors of Read Write Inc. schools is that they are talk-a-lot schools where speaking and listening skills are developed through partner work. By developing children’s vocabulary, Read Write Inchelps to address problems associated with the ‘word gap’, recently highlighted by the government’s Department for Education single departmental plan. 


The ‘word gap’ has been identified in children from disadvantaged backgrounds, who by the age of 3 are on average almost a full year and a half behind their more affluent peers in language development. In the report the DoE make recommendations on how to eliminate the 'word gap' through education in order to improve social mobility and equality of opportunity, the Read Write Inc. programme is in line with this.


 “Our Model Schools demonstrate an inspirational passion and excitement for teaching. Their attention to detail and focus on continuous professional development
marks them out and is the key to their success in getting every child to read by 6. No child should get left behind and with the right teaching and assessments we can ensure

every child is understood and the gaps in their knowledge identified and addressed.”

Ruth Miskin, Creator of Read Write Inc.


For more information on which schools are taking part and to book a place at one of the schools teachers can visit this webpage: https://global.oup.com/education/content/primary/series/rwi/model-schools-open-morning/?region=uk


Or for booking enquiries please email oxfordprimaryevents[at]oup.com  



For more information, images or to speak to one of the experts at OUP Education please contact publicist: Laura Smythe m: 07881555530 or email: laurasmythecontact[at]gmail.com


Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP t: 01865 354579

www.oxfordprimary.co.uk/readwriteinc Twitter: [at]OUPPrimary Facebook: [at]oxfordeducationuk

New Booktrust resource for Trainee Teachers

Booktrust’s new resource provides information for learning about children's books and poetry for trainee primary school teachers.  With artwork from award-winning illustrator David Lucas and inspirational ideas from poet Michael Rosen, the leaflet brings together tips, resources, useful contacts and book recommendations to help you learn more about using children's books and poetry in the classroom and school library.  Download your copy from the website or email Katherine.woodfine@booktrust.org.uk

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Off the Shelf

By Lucy Bakewell, SLA School Librarian of the Year 2009

How to run a successful primary school library and promote reading. (Secondary librarians will also find help and inspiration in Off the Shelf)   A new book with online resources to be launched at the SLA conference.  Exclusive: 10% discount for SLA members.  A brilliantly practical resource which covers

• Choosing books

• Organising the library  

• Successful reading activities 

• Involving children in the library 

• Working with reluctant readers 

• Involving parents 

• Creating great displays to attract pupils 

• The annual calendar of events 

• Author visits 

• Supporting the curriculum 

• Key websites


Normal price £19.95. Special price for SLA members £17.95 (quote 'SLA') .  Off the Shelf is available on approval from Carel Press.

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First News on your interactive whiteboard!

The whiteboard version is an exact replica of the newspaper that can be read and annotated in teaching sessions.  Check out the details here

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Artemis Fowl Fans

A fabulous live webcast with Eoin Colfer to launch his new Artemis novel, Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex.  This will take place on 20th July at 2 - 2.45 p.m. and anyone with an internet connection can get involved.

The hilarious Eoin Colfer will be doing an event live from Forest Hill School, which will be streamed live across the Internet for anyone to watch.  Viewers will also be able to submit questions for Eoin to answer live!  This is a great opportunity for schools, libraries, book groups and any individual fan too!

10,000 have already registered to watch.  To register click here

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Gallagher Girls offer and competition

A chance to win £500 worth of free books for your library! HURRY – only limited copies available!

The Gallagher Girls Academy claims to be a school for geniuses, but really is a school for SPIES – have your pupils got what it takes to be a Gallagher Girl?

This fast-paced, New York Times bestselling series, is guaranteed to get all girls running back to school to find the next instalment on the library shelf, available in August!   To claim your FREE copy, which automatically enters you into the competition, go to the Gallagher academy website You will receive your copy within a few days, along with a pack of glossy bookmarks and eye-catching posters.  Your students will be able to enter a competition to win a money-can't-buy holiday to Paris and five iPod Touches for your school!

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Barrington Stoke

Struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers don't need boring books in childish language - they need the best stories they can get. And that's why award-winning publisher Barrington Stoke publish stories by some of the best children's authors in the world. Sign up for their regular newsletter.

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World Cup Fever with Raintree

Check out the offers for football books at Raintree

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Branford Boase Poster 2010

The poster of the Branford Boase Award 2010 shortlist is available for download here.

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FREE offer to schools from Practical Farm Ideas magazine

Tractor mad lads in rural schools gain a great deal from the magazine Practical Farm Ideas. With 150 or so pictures of unusual farm implements, many which are made in workshops just like the one they have at home, each issue of the magazine encourages reluctant rural readers to focus on the text in order to understand the pictures in the story. Farm parents and rural teachers report that this provides sufficient incentive for concentration and learning. In addition, rural pupils will also find inspiration for DTech projects at GCSE and A level.

Editor and publisher Mike Donovan is providing 30 kits to go to rural schools. They comprise an issue of the magazine, a wall poster showing 29 innovations, and a compilation issue with even more ideas for farm lads to mop up. 

Kits will be sent free of charge to the first 30 rural schools who send their request to him. More information is on the magazine's web site  www.farmideas.co.uk (click on 'schools'). Additional issues can be included at £3.45. 

The editor would like to get feedback from librarians or teachers on how well their challenging rural lads take to the material in the magazine, and so need a personal contact with a member of staff who will be directly involved in using the kit. 

~Please email applications to editor@farmideas.co.uk  with Free School Farm IDEAS kit in the subject line.

Application form:  name of librarian or teacher / school department / address and post code / telephone number and extension / contact email /

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