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Riveting Reads Booklists

These titles cover a wide range of subject matter and levels of difficulty. The suggested books will encourage pupils to read widely and independently for enjoyment. They are grouped under themes and have been recommended by pupils in the relevant age group. They are indexed under title and author.

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Everyone's Reading: 11 to 18

Eileen Armstrong·June 2009

ISBN 9781903446508 · Price: £0.00 (Members £0.00)Download

Series: Riveting Reads Plus · Level: Secondary

Everyone's Reading: 11 to 18 aims to provide information about titles which will attract and enthuse the whole range of pupils in secondary schools to read for pleasure. Around 260 titles are included, arranged by catchy one or two-word themes, which highlight genres and offer lots of display and promotional possibilities.

The introduction by Alec Williams provides lots of handy tips on getting everyone reading!

As well as the downloadable PDF version, the booklist is also available as an online database on a dedicated website: http://www.everyonesreading.org.uk/

Empowerment for Girls: Riveting Reads for Primary Schools

Barbara Band·June 2019

ISBN 9781911222224 · Price: £15.00 (Members £11.00)Add to Basket

Series: Riveting Reads · Level: Primary

Children learn about the world through reading and the media – particularly the images they see and the messages they hear. If these are constantly gender-biased they send a strong signal reinforcing gender inequality, and a message that boys and girls not only are different, but should also be treated differently. This continual reinforcement via childhood, school and society results in an assumption that this is how it should be and that male dominance is the norm, impacting on how children respond to each other.

The books in this collection have been selected to challenge the gender assumptions girls – and boys – grow up with. They celebrate female heroines, female figures from history and public life, and female role models. Each book has been given a suggested age range and is tailored towards Primary level readers at Key Stages 1 and 2. However, as children vary in their emotional maturity as well as their reading levels and capacity for inference, these are only recommendations. The book suggestions are divided into four categories: Picture books, Fiction books, Information books, Graphic novels and Manga.

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Empowerment for Girls: Riveting Reads for Secondary Schools

Barbara Band·June 2019

ISBN 9781911222231 · Price: £15.00 (Members £11.00)Add to Basket

Series: Riveting Reads · Level: Secondary

We live in an increasingly complex and chaotic world that often condones exclusion and barriers. Children learn about the world through reading and the media – particularly the images they see and the messages they hear. If these are constantly gender-biased they send a strong signal reinforcing gender inequality, and a message that boys and girls not only are different, but should also be treated differently. This continual reinforcement via childhood, school and society results in an assumption that this is how it should be and that male dominance is the norm, impacting on how children respond to each other.

This collection aims to empower children to fulfil their abilities and the books have been selected to challenge the gender assumptions girls – and boys – grow up with. They celebrate female heroines, female figures from history and public life, and female role models. Each book has been given a suggested age range and is tailored towards readers at Key Stage 3 upwards. The book suggestions are divided into three categories: Fiction books, Information books, Graphic novels and Manga.

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Picture Books from 0 to 90

Marianne Bradnock·April 2015

ISBN 9781903446850 · Price: £15.00 (Members £11.00)Add to Basket

Series: Riveting Reads · Level: Primary and Secondary

This selection of some of the best picturebooks from the past eighty-five years sets out to dispel the myth that they are only suitable for the very youngest. Stories which are told via a subtle interaction of words and pictures make unique demands on the reader and often push the boundaries of storytelling in a way that is not found in any other form. Picturebooks lend themselves to endless re-readings, with new meaning to be found at different ages. The subject matter is wide ranging and can be challenging, from ABCs and bedtime stories to sophisticated examinations of intolerance, loneliness, loss and our treatment of the environment. Though the main appeal will be to those working with early years and primary aged children, the titles included here – mostly in print and readily available – have something to offer all ages, from babies and toddlers through to teenagers and beyond.

Riveting Reads 9-13

Joy Court and Isobel Powell·July 2013

ISBN 9781903446775 · Price: £13.50 (Members £9.00)Add to Basket

Series: Riveting Reads · Level: Primary and Secondary

Reading for Pleasure, now promoted by the DfE and OFSTED, is a cause dear to the hearts of all school library staff everywhere. Joy Court and her expert team have sifted through the wealth and depth of recent children’s literature to produce a vivid and authoritative annotated booklist to encourage the 9 to 13 age range to do exactly that – read for pleasure! Arranged in genres similar to those listed in the 'Read for My School' project, the list will guide and enthuse school library staff and their readers. SLA President Kevin Crossley-Holland adds an enthusiastic foreword.

Riveting Reads 12-16: Essential Fiction for the School Library

Joy Court·June 2016

ISBN 9781903446928 · Price: £13.50 (Members £9.00)Add to Basket

Series: Riveting Reads · Level: Secondary

Encouraging students to read widely and enjoy fiction is a prime objective of all school library staff and here is another in our Riveting Reads series designed to do exactly that! Compiled by our own Reviews Editor, Joy Court, it is an exciting and eclectic mix of quality fiction across the 12–16 age range in an array of different genres. With her usual excellent pithy and brief annotations she gets to the heart of the books in a few brief sentences. An excellent tool to help with book buying or general book promotion activities, we hope that you enjoy this wide ranging selection of outstanding recent books.

A World of Books in Translation

Joy Court and Daniel Hahn·January 2017

ISBN 9781911222002 · Price: £13.50 (Members £9.00)Add to Basket

Series: Riveting Reads · Level: Primary and Secondary

'Books in translation help us all to reach beyond our own language and culture,' writes David Almond, yet until recently few foreign children’s books were translated into English. In this Riveting Reads publication our two renowned editors, Joy Court and Daniel Hahn, go some way to illuminate the wealth of material now coming from all corners of the world. They provide a superb selection of book reviews for the Under 8s through to the 14+ age ranges - titles that really should be on our library shelves. With pithy and illuminating annotations covering a wealth of topics and genres, A World of Books in Translation is an excellent guide that reflects the 90% of the world that does not speak English as its first language.

Riveting Reads World War I

Geoff Dubber·November 2014

ISBN 9781903446874 · Price: £15.00 (Members £11.00)Add to Basket

Series: Riveting Reads · Level: Primary and Secondary

The SLA joined the nation and school librarians everywhere as we commemorated the Great War of 1914–1918, its causes, events and personalities and the way that it irrevocably changed the lives of just about everyone. Here is a carefully selected and annotated list of classic and well received recent books, both fiction and information, for children and young people across the age range from 7 to 18, with a Foreword by Michael Morpurgo.

Set out in sections by genre and arranged in primary and secondary age range sections, we hope that it will help school library staff to select from the wide range of books available as they buy, borrow, display, discuss and read with their pupils and teaching colleagues on this important subject.

Historical Fiction for the School Library: Riveting Reads

Dawn Finch·November 2018

ISBN 9781911222187 · Price: £15.00 (Members £11.00)Add to Basket

Series: Riveting Reads · Level: Primary and Secondary

If you're looking for some 'Riveting Reads' in the genre of historical fiction, then this guide is perfect for your requirements. Written by author and librarian Dawn Finch, with a foreword by SLA Patron and former President Kevin Crossley-Holland, this publication provides a strong introduction to what a historical novel is, why children should be encouraged to read historical fiction, and also some important tips for choosing historical fiction. Historical Fiction for the School Library offers a superb selection of concise book reviews covering Pre-History, Ancient Greece, Egyptians, Romans, and the period from the 5th Century AD to the World Wars – encompassing text and picture books. It also includes references to poetry, anthologies and series books.

Sporting Reads: 2012 and Beyond

Richard Leveridge·March 2012

ISBN 9781903446638 · Price: £0.00 (Members £0.00)Download

Series: Riveting Reads · Level: Primary and Secondary

A concise collection of book reviews aiming to cover the essential, the inspiring, the informative and the entertaining within the literature of sport, geared towards the needs of the school library.

It is available (exclusively to SLA members) as a free download in PDF format.

Graphic Novels: For the 8 to 16+ Age Range

Paul Register·December 2016

ISBN 9781903446966 · Price: £15.00 (Members £11.00)Add to Basket

Series: Riveting Reads · Level: Primary and Secondary

"I believe that every library (both public and school) should have a well-stocked, modern, vibrant and coherent collection of graphic novels" writes Paul Register, the acknowledged comics/graphic novels enthusiast and expert (and former school librarian) in the introduction to this publication. They add an exciting and dynamic dimension to the library collection and offer alternative ways to read texts from the more traditional book form. Many young people of all ages love the genre.

Special offer - purchase Graphic Novels: For the 8 to 16+ Age Range by Paul Register together with our Guideline Chaos or Collection?: Selecting and Managing Graphic Novels in Your School Library by Neena Morris and save £5.00 (discount will be applied to your invoice).