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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

Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Mischiefmakers Logo

Summer Reading Challenge from The Reading Agency

This year's Summer Reading Challenge is called Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved iconic children's title Beano, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary. 

You can see the official promotional video at www.mischief-makers.org.uk. The Beano characters have moved on for a new generation – they have caught up with today's children and modern sensibilities. The stories celebrate people for their individuality and the characters and stories are relatable for the audience, relevant and modern. 

A school pack is is available to download from The Reading Agency website and also went out via the library networks to schools.

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NHS poster from Carel Press


NHS 70 Free Poster

Members can download a free poster highlighting the 70th anniversary of the NHS from the Carel Press Celebration Posters series.

 Carel Press has also produced a Focus Guide about the NHS with articles and statistics which is free to Complete Issues subscribers but it can also be purchased separately.

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EES new library bus - guest post

EES Bookbus 1

You’ll probably recognise the frog that now adorns the Essex SLS Bookbus! 

We are really grateful to Jim Field for sharing his brilliant drawings with us – so many Oi Frog poses it was difficult to choose!  

Packed with quality fiction and non-fiction books to promote a love of reading, the EES for Schools School Library Service Bookbus is a regular visitor to primary schools in and around Essex, helping them to keep their libraries stocked with good quality and age-appropriate books.

With a new vehicle we had the opportunity to make a statement about the importance and fun of books, reading and great school libraries. To do this we wanted to incorporate into the design a children’s book character that would be recognisable and stand the test of time. Oi Frog ! has quickly become a modern classic. Even better Kes Gray is Essex-based and a regular visitor to local schools as well as supporting our Daisy Primary Library Award that celebrates best practice in school libraries.  

We’re looking forward to sharing all the laugh-out-loud Oi! stories and lots of other great picture books as part of our Storytelling Bookbus service for KS1 and Early Years pupils.

EES Bookbus 2

You can find out more about our full School Library Service offer, including our Bookbus services, here http://www.eesforschools.org/.

“Pupils were excited to see the bus and choose new books. [The Bookbus visit] invigorated interest in books and reading” (Endeavour School)

“There is always an excellent selection of books to choose from so our library is updated regularly. The children enjoy coming on the bus and helping to find new books.” (Canvey Island Infant School)

Sally Harrison, Library Service Manager, School Library Service Team, EES for Schools 

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Library Learner Quiz Pack

Carel Press are very grateful to members for trying their set of online quizzes for teaching and testing library skills. In the light of feedback they’ve renamed the set the Library Learner Quiz Pack so it can be used both in primary school and the first year of high school. You can try the revised quiz pack here https://librarylearner.uk

The company would love to have your feedback, email Chas on chas@carelpress.com


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Staring Into Space resources

Waterstones Children's Laureate author Lauren Child has teamed up with excellent teacher Josey Scullard to design some wonderful resources you can use to inspire children to think creatively. The resources are intended for use by anyone, anywhere,  whether that be by teachers, children, librarians or in museums etc and you can download them here. 

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Carel Press Primary Library Quiz Pack

Carel Press are mindful that some pupils have not fully come to grips with Dewey and some of the basic library terms and indeed not all primary staff are completely aware of the right terms to use . This can mean that they’re missing out on some of the great things that libraries offer, so the company have designed an online Primary Library Quiz Pack to teach and test essential library skills, such as finding information books, the parts of a book and alphabetical order. Carel Press are about to launch this new resource and would love to receive feedback about it. 
To try a sample quiz or have 30 minutes free access to the whole range of quizzes, please go to https://primarylibrary.co.uk
Carel Press would ideally like one or two primaries  to test it in more depth so if you would be willing to do this please contact Chas White direct: chas@carelpress.com

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