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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

Click Clever Click Safe

Materials from the Zip it, Block it, Flag it campaign are available free to all those who work with children. See www.direct.gov.uk/clickcleverclicksafe for more info on the campaign which aims to help children learn about safe use of the internet and social networks.

Some materials are available as ‘packs’. Leaflets and logos are also available for download here

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Guide to E-Books

Teachers as well as school librarians who are in the process of building their collections of e-books should find this guide to free e-books useful.   The 2011 Guide to Free or Nearly-Free e-Books is offered as a tool – an annotated listing of around 230 single titles, collections, archives, gateways and search engines – for librarians and others involved in book selection (e.g. teachers in schools) in all sectors – school, further and higher education, public and special libraries – to facilitate easy access to free e-books and e-book collections which can enhance their digital library. The directory has a title and a general index.

Details - The 2011 Guide to Free or Nearly-Free e-Books. Edited by Chris Armstrong. London: UKeiG (xv+161 pages) UK£ 29.50 ISBN: 978-1-870254-14-4  Available via Lulu from http://www.ukeig.org.uk/content/publications or via your normal book supplier.

UKeiG has previously published a series of well-received guides and handbooks including the Quick Guide to Online Commands, which ran to several editions, the Quick Guide to CD-ROM Networking and the CD-ROM Practical Guide for Information Professionals. After a gap of some years, the Group has now published this new guide.

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Everything Starts Right Here, Right Now!

Climate change... student riots... carbon rationing - reality or the very near future? In a world on the edge of madness, Saci Lloyd's Carbon Diaries describe a reality so close to our own, it's almost non-fiction. Now, ahead of the release of Saci's exciting new novel, Momentum, in June, look at the exciting competition on the website to celebrate.

The prize includes items any teen would gladly swap their last carbon ration for; an iPod Touch, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle and a range of Skull Candy Headphones! To be with a chance to win, we're looking for a fresh take on climate change, in the form of creative writing, a moving image, animation, photography or graphics. Just go to the website  to find out more and enter!

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Heroes - books for boys

Heroes LogoWidely reported in the media, the challenge of engaging boys with reading and the need to raise attainment, is an ongoing one in schools across the country. The reasons for these trends are complex, but Heinemann's new series HEROES is based on a simple premise - get boys to enjoy reading and the rest will follow.

HEROES is a new series of short, accessible novels and plays that boys will not be able to put down. Developed with Frank Cottrell Boyce, several popular children's authors, and in close consultation with students and teachers, this series will grab and hold boys' attention with great books they'll love.

In the HEROES series, you’ll find:

  • six novels and two plays for Years 7 and 8
  • each book is less than 120 pages so every word can be read in class
  • a true story at the end of each text helping to set the fiction in a real-world context
  • accessible language for lower-ability and reluctant boys, rigorously assessed and tested extensively in schools.  

You can find out more today, and claim a free book at www.pearsonschools.co.uk/HEROES.

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2C - brand new chess game!

2C is a newly invented, fun and easy chess that takes only one minute to play. There are hundreds of specially designed 2C chessboards. Each chessboard comes with its own simple rules. 2C helps children to learn attention, memory and action. It is a healthy fun game for schools, families and friends. It is the ideal school library resource and school fund raiser. We are happy to give free 2C samples for school libraries to try.

Watch the video about 2C here and contact us at  2c@uncrowd.net

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'The Day' Daily News Service

The Day chooses three of the most interesting stories in the news each day and provides analysis, background, curriculum links, further research ideas, activities and debates - all on one sheet of A4 or online.

Written and designed by a national newspaper team of journalists, The Day helps to bring the curriculum alive, making it relevant and encouraging debate.

Teachers find that The Day is an ideal resource for form time but also a topical starter or stimulus for classwork in the full range of school subjects from Geography to Drama and beyond.

Click Here for a Free Trial of THE DAY daily news service

Read Sample Stories from THE DAY

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New - Fact File 2011

Fact File 2011 has just been published - it's a full colour, copiable book and online resource presenting statistics about national and international issues in a user friendly format. Watch a video about the new Fact File. Find out more from Carel Press

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Careers Library Audits - How Pupil Librarians Can Get Involved

With an increasing number of librarians taking on a careers role within schools, Prospects Education Resources have developed an audit service which Pupil Librarians can get involved in.

The Careers Library Audit service takes the hard work out of this by doing the research on behalf of the school and compiling a comprehensive report, based on information provided.

Amongst an extensive range of resources we supply, Prospects also offers a wide selection of colourful and exciting posters covering all aspects of Careers and PSHE, to brighten up any careers library.  Please email at resources@prospects.co.uk or call HELPLINE  on 01229 814855.

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January edition of Books For Keeps available online

Only available online now, the latest issue of Book For Keeps, the children’s book review journal, has an interview [pp12-13] with Elizabeth Laird, author of A Little Piece of Ground and Lost Riders. You can read the journal online, download a version or print it off.

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