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Reading Blog: Resources for The Chosen Ones by Scarlett Thomas

This resource pack is based on The Chosen Ones, the second book in The
Worldquake Sequence from Scarlett Thomas
– author of Dragon’s Green.
It is a modern classic of adventure that will not only transport you away
from the classroom to the fantastical Otherworld, but also spark the
imaginations of all of the magical minds in your class (and yes, we know
there are many…)!

The lessons in this Pack serve as a mini scheme of work with literacy
objectives, providing material for four or more KS2 lessons – perfect
for classes of any ability in Years 5–6. The aim of these lessons is for the
children to improve their reading comprehension and inference skills –
taking their understanding of the text to a more sophisticated level.
So it’s time to pack your magical books and get ready for a reading
adventure. YOU are the chosen ones, and the journey starts here…
For more information about The Worldquake Sequence,

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Reading Blog: Q&A with Melvin Burgess, hosted by Hannah Kate at The Portico Library

Q&A with Melvin Burgess

19 April 2018, 6.30pm | The Portico Library, Manchester

IBBY UK and the Portico Library are pleased to present a Q&A session with author Melvin Burgess. A patron of The Portico Library, Melvin is an award-winning author of children's and young adult fiction. Often referred to as 'the godfather of teen fiction' by the British press, his novel Junk, published in 1996, was widely lauded for its realistic portrayal of youth, drugs and sex. He was nominated by the UK for the prestigious 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award, which is presented biennially by IBBY. Previous winners of the award have included Tove Jansson and David Almond.

The event will be chaired by Hannah Kate, a poet and short-story writer based in Manchester whose work has appeared in various national magazines. As well as an academic, she is a presenter for North Manchester FM radio station and the host of a popular literature show, Hannah's Bookshelf, every Saturday with various authors.

After an introduction and dialogue with Melvin Burgess, Hannah will open the floor to questions from the audience.

Book here.

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Reading Blog: BookLife gives away 3 million to UK primary schools

One of the country’s leading educational suppliers, BookLife, has set up a new scheme to support school libraries and help primary schools improve their literacy skills.
BookLife’s new Match Funding scheme offers varied reading material for children. They have allocated £3 million to give away to schools, sourcing books from 30 UK publishers. BookLife has over 3,000 products in their Match Funding catalogue covering all curriculum requirements, plus lots of fiction. The company saw that many primary schools were struggling to stock their school libraries and knew they had to help. Their scheme allows doubling on book resources, so for every pound a school spends with BookLife, they will receive another pound for free to spend on more school books and resources of their choice.
Currently, BookLife has given away over £2 million in the first three months and hope that they can help even more schools in the coming months. They have started to already see the benefits their scheme has been having with schools.

Our school is in a deprived area and it has always been our aim to provide a fantastic range of books to inspire our children to develop a love of reading. With BookLife's amazing Match Funding offer we have been able to expand our resources to further achieve this goal.” – Julie Jones, Orchards C of E Primary School.

The Match Funding scheme is open to all UK primary schools, large or small and with no minimum or maximum limits. This allows any school to ensure their budget is working efficiently to provide educational and fun books for pupils of all ages.
BookLife’s Match Funding scheme is running until 24 July 2018 and they advise schools to make use of it whilst they can. To find out more about Match Funding, go to

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Resources for auditing books

TES Strategies

TES has released a useful article on "Three strategies to engage primary pupils in reading".

One of the things is doing an audit of the books in your classroom – so here are two tables you can use to conduct an audit. These are available in a new section of our "Support for Primary Schools" pages: 
Audit of Books.

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SLA launches 2018 Member Survey


The SLA is keen for your opinions on how we are supporting you, and how we could do better. We would like to make informed decisions about how to move forward, which areas we could focus on and what we could improve on and we can only do that with your opinions at the very centre.

This survey is for members and non-members, so if you aren’t a member, but are involved in reading provision in school please answer as well. The survey is completely anonymous, so if it causes any questions to arise, please contact the office directly. It should take about 15 minutes to complete, so perhaps make a cup of something warm and help improve the SLA while you drink it. Thank you.

SLA 2018 Member Survey:

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Welcome to the SLA Website: Weekend Course booking is open!

Booking for the weekend course is open! It is going to be an amazing weekend in Glasgow with loads of brilliant speakers, including Yvonne Manning, Dr Dorothy Williams, Marc Lambert, Duncan Wright and Lari Don. More information and booking can be found here:

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Correction in The School Librarian

Lighthouse cover BelyaevOur apologies for a production error in Spring 2018 issue of The School Librarian which mistakenly confused the Russian and English language versions of "How Does a Lighthouse Work?" (p60). The review is for the Russian language edition of potential use to language students.

The correct publishing information for the Russian language edition of the book is:

Belyaev, Roman
Kak Rabotaet Maiak? (How Does a Lighthouse Work?)
Samokat, 2017, pp48, £19.50
978 5 9175 9581 8

The Russian edition is available from European Schoolbooks Ltd, which offers discounts to SLA members:

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Job Vacancies: Park View, North London - School Library Manager, Maternity Cover

Grade - S01 – Range £27,801 to £29,517 pro rata 

Fixed Term until 31st August 2018

Maternity Cover

Required ASAP

Park View is a high performing, diverse and inclusive community school in Tottenham, North London

We are looking for a candidate to be responsible for the organisation, management and development of the school’s Library to support learning, teaching and enrichment activities throughout the school.

To find out more or request an application pack please visit our website Alternatively contact Serita Shah on 0208 826 9178 / email: sshah[at]

Closing date for submission of applications is: 9.00am on Friday 9th March 2018

Interview Date: To Be Confirmed - W/C – 19th March 2018

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check prior to appointment.

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