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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

400 hundred years of international history from Gale NewsVaultTM now available through JCS...

JCS MAy 12JCS is pleased to announce that an Agreement has been negotiated with Gale Cengage on behalf of UK schools for the addition Gale NewsVaultTM to the its portfolio.

Gale NewsVault™ provides an unparalleled window to the past from 1600 to 2006. Through one single simple interface schools can gain access to up to 12 collections of historic newspapers and periodicals including the 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection newspapers, the 19th Century UK Periodicals as well as Historical Archives of, for instance, The Economist, The Listener, and the Financial Times.

Schools (or central bodies eg Schools Library Services) can subscribe to any 3 the titles, any 6, or the full 12 titles. Consortia discount fees are also available for all three packages.
As for all our resources, the more schools which subscribe within a region the cheaper the subscription so please share this announcement amongst your networks.
To see the full list of the historical publications and periodicals within NewsVault visit the  catalogue page. You can also request a free 30-day trial.


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Tony Robinson Resources

The Reading Agency have a limited number of Tony Robinson's History Passports to giveaway. Each pack contains 10 passports and 3 A3 posters. Sign up by completing this short form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FBNFBN5   by Monday 18 June for a chance to get your free packs.

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Reading Matters Relaunch

ReadingReadingmatters Org Uk 015matters has a new look website with resources for teachers and librarians - take a look

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Logo Competition

Don't forget the deadline for the Aspire Attire logo competition is June 8th.  Details of T shirt logo competition entry is available from the website.

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A Dog Called Homeless - Competition

The story is about Cally, whose mum has died, and whom no-one believes when she says that she’s seen her. It covers a range of interesting themes, including bereavement, homelessness and disability and has already had rave reviews from Cathy Cassidy - “Heartbreakingly beautiful… I loved it”. It’s aimed at the KS2-3 market, and Sarah is one of three HarperCollins authors who is taking part in the Spill the Ink schools tour later this month.

There is a story-writing competition on the website, plus downloadable teachers’ resources giving more information on the book, etc,

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Chatterbooks - reading groups for children from The Reading Agency

The Reading Agency’s Chatterbooks reading groups for children is a reading group programme for children aged 4 to 14 years. Its patron is top children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Chatterbooks groups run in libraries and schools, supporting children’s literacy development by encouraging them to have a really good time reading and talking about books.

Chatterbooks gives schools a best practice model for running reading groups, developed with expert librarians and teachers. Being part of Chatterbooks provides you with:

  • ready to use resources

  • lots of ideas for fun, creative sessions

  • promotions from leading publishers featuring the best in children’s books.

We also partner with the British Council’s Schools Online, using Chatterbooks to link UK and overseas schools. 

Why work with Chatterbooks ? The links between reading for pleasure and attainment are well documented, and recently highlighted in Ofsted’s report ‘Moving English Forward in Education’.  Chatterbooks is an ideal way to promote a love of reading - sessions are designed to give children confidence in speaking, writing and reading in a group, choosing books for themselves, and talking about what they like to read.  You can use Chatterbooks in whatever way works best for your school – for example in supporting reading recovery; engaging boys in reading; with gifted and talented children; or supporting transition.

With Chatterbooks 2012 you can:

  • Join Chatterbooks for free
  • Get free best practice support from the website and e-letter, for setting up and running a Chatterbooks group
  • Get new title information about children’s books
  • Give children a powerful year round menu of free resources from publishers

Buy special welcome packs for children (set of 10 packs £50) and starter packs for group leaders (£20 )  with 10% discount for SLA members!

What people are saying about Chatterbooks:

Mrs S Robson, Head Teacher, Bridgewater School in Newcastle: Chatterbooks is a very popular lunch time club that we value greatly. The children love going and it is an ideal opportunity for them to enjoy books. We are very fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers who run the sessions and the children have built up excellent relationships with them. The club has not only developed children's love of books but has also had an impact on their reading ability.

(NB: This is a group that's growing fast, with around 30 children in total participating, as they run groups in lunchtime slots.)

Pamela Barnes, Head Teacher, Devonshire Road Primary School in Bolton: Chatterbooks was a huge success with my Year Six group. It encouraged them to read books they would otherwise not have dreamed of trying, including some very challenging reads. It was fabulous to hear them enthusing over their reading and recommending books to other pupils; it definitely had a positive effect on other pupils’ reading as well as their own. The Chatterbooks materials helped set up the club as something special – they all loved their bag of goodies and I made good use of the ideas that Chatterbooks provides. I think the Chatterbooks branding also helped it to appeal to a diverse range of pupils; 30% of my group were boys, for example, and 50% spoke English as an additional language.’
Faith Ward, parent:Matthew (now nearly 10) has been struggling with his reading and lacked confidence in tackling books.  Since being part of Chatterbooks (at Chippenham Library) he has enjoyed reading a great deal more, sped through the school’s reading scheme and become a ‘free reader’ in October 2011.  He is currently reading a book of nearly 600 pages (slowly but surely), a feat I never thought he would want to do.’

For offers, stories, downloadable resources, and details of materials for sale, see the Chatterbooks web page at www.readinggroups.org/chatterbooks  - and get started with Chatterbooks! Win a free Chatterbooks group leader’s starter pack!



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CookieTots Cook N Book sessions are a way for children to experience fresh local produce, tasty and healthy snacks, and cooking in the classroom through linking each session to a well known book.

Interactive Gingerbread session starts with reading out the story of the Gingerbread Man using finger puppets and hand actions to illustrate “run, run as fast you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread man.” The children then get to make something delicious all linked into the story and join in with games and activities all based around a ginger theme. At the end of the session everyone sits down and reads the story again before going home.

CookieTots class leaders bring exciting, practical & interactive lessons about healthy eating through storytelling. Different recipes give the children a chance to explore their senses and express their creativity whilst reading encourages language learning and increases vocabulary skills. For more information on Gingerbread Man Cook N Book session or other storytelling classes please contact Nikki Geddes on 07976 619 648 or email hale@kiddycook.co.uk

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