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The SLA blog contains news about the SLA and topical information of general interest to our members. The blog has been running since 2004. An RSS 2.0 feed and information about how to subscribe to the blog are available.

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Little Rebels Award for Radical Children’s Fiction 2019 shortlist

The Little Rebels Award recognises children’s fiction (for readers aged 0-12) which promotes social justice or social equality, challenges stereotypes or is informed by anti-discriminatory concerns. Check out the shortlist here.



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Short story vending machines

What do you notice whilst on your train/bus commute to work? (Cars excluded from this). Everyone is staring into their phones. But in Canary Wharf, vending machines have been installed which dispense one, three and five-minute stories free to passers-by at the touch of a button. Anthony Horowitz was commission to write a story that could be read between two stations on the tube.

We’d support this reading.


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Funding of up to £1,000 for women in the Education sector

Women & Leadership International is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across the UK’s Education sector.

The campaign is providing women with grants of up to £1,000 to enable participation in a leadership development program (nearly a third off the price).

The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing a powerful and effective development opportunity for women; however the funding is strictly limited and has to be allocated prior to the end of May.

Expressions of Interest
Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form prior to 10th May:

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BookTrust Represents report

BookTrust has reported on research into representation of people of colour among children’s book authors and illustrators and found that although the British children’s book sector is doing well and more children’s books are sold in the UK than ever before, the people who create these books do not reflect the makeup of the UK.

University College London and BookTrust demonstrate that children’s books are important for all children from all backgrounds, so books should reflect their lives, whether they are reading at home or at school, and they should be meeting authors/illustrators of colour when schools organise book talks.

Summary and full report here 

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Support your school fundraising

A new initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to vital school resources has been launched by Peters Books and Furniture.

Support your school is a fundraising platform for schools.

The funds raised by the school can be used to create a whole new library, supply a selection of titles to support a topic or purchase the latest collection of fiction.


This is an alternative to the Amazon wishlist and similar schemes to point parents to titles you’d like your school to possess, rather than give donors free reign.

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Sponsored Weekend Course Places


The SLA are delighted to offer 2 funded places at this year's SLA and YLG Weekend Course for SLA members. In no more than 250 words please explain why you would like to attend, and how the attending would benefit your work within your school. We are particularly looking for primary or secondary school library staff who may not have attended a Weekend Course before, or those from BAME or other diverse backgrounds. Unfortunately we cannot cover travel expenses as well, the bursary would only cover the fully residential ticket cost.

 Send your queries or entries to info[at]sla.org.uk with the title 'Funded Weekend Course Place' by 4pm 30th April. Please include your membership number with your application (it's the number you use to log on to the website). You can find more information about the Weekend Course here

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Welcome to the SLA Website: Easter closure of SLA office

Over the Easter weekend, the SLA office in Swindon will be closed on Thursday 18th April and reopen on Tuesday 23rd April. We wish everyone a restful and warm Easter with lots of reading (and a bit of chocolate!)

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R4P tube map from @MisterBodd

Twitter has some fabulous users who willingly post resources they have created for use in schools freely available to download. The latest is from teacher @MisterBodd designed to help move children on from their usual reading fare by means of a tube map. Many thanks for the creative genius and for sharing. What child wouldn't want to follow?

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