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The Royal Society Young People's Book Award

Publishers across the UK submitted their best recent books that communicate science to young people. An adult judging panel narrowed down the choice to a shortlist of six books, which are announced on the Royal Society's website. The winning book will be selected entirely by groups of young people from over 100 schools and youth groups and announced towards the end of the year.

Before the winner is announced in December you can visit One Culture: the Royal Society Festival of Literature and the Arts, where everyone can find out more about some of the shortlisted books and meet some of the people involved in bringing science to life.

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ISLM Skype Around the World project

As a new initiative the International School Library Month Committee are offering schools the opportunity to make contact with each other using Skype. If you would like your students to take part in this exciting new project please visit the ISLM website and complete this survey by Wednesday 28th September, 2011.

In early October you will receive an email with a list of schools who wish to participate. It will then be up to you to make contact with the schools of your choice to make arrangements for your ISLM Skype sessions throughout the month of October.

To find out more about how to use Skype and for a free download go to the Skype website.

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Reading Research from NLT

Research published today by the National Literacy Trust indicates 1 in 6 children do not read a book a month!  This fascinating omnibus survey of 18,000 children explores how much young people enjoy reading, how good they think they are, how often they read and how long for, what types of materials they read outside of class, how many books they read and how many books they have in the home, and how they feel about reading.  All really useful information for school librarians.

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Vote now for your favourite Information Book

IBA Illus WEB Schools can now cast their vote for their favourite Information Book in the SLA's first Information Book Award, sponsored by Hachette Children's Books.

The SLA and the sponsors of the Information Book Award are keen that schools and their students should have a say in the final decision.

Each school can vote online for their favourite book in each category (Under 7s, 7-12 and 12-16) and for their overall favourite. To sign up to vote, the school librarian (or similar professional) should click the link below and complete the form.

To help you collate your pupils' votes and work out the winning books in each category for your school, we have produced a series of downloadable voting slips which you can print out and give to students to fill in.

Online voting by schools starts on Monday 22 August 2011 and closes on Friday 14 October 2011.

This Year's Shortlist

The judges looked at a wide field of nominations and produced a particularly strong and varied selection of titles for the shortlist:

Under 7s Category
  • Let’s Ride a Bike by Ruth Walton.  Franklin Watts ISBN 9780749688578
  • My Very First Art Book by Rosie Dickins and Sarah Courtauld, illus Gus Gordon.  Usborne ISBN 9781409522850
  • The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman, illus Ros Asquith. Frances Lincoln ISBN 9781845079994
7-12 Category
  • Animals at the Edge by Jonathan and Marilyn Baillie.  Franklin Watts ISBN 9780749694814
  • How the World Works by Christiane Dorion, illus Beverley Young. Templar ISBN 9781848771895
  • The Murderous Maths of Everything by Kjartan Poskitt, illus Rob Davis. Scholastic ISBN 9781407103679
12-16 Category
  • How to Make a Universe with 92 Ingredients by Adrian Dingle. Scholastic ISBN 9781407117911
  • Stories about Surviving Gangs and Bullying by Michaela Miller. Franklin Watts ISBN 9781445100722
  • The Life and Times of William Shakespeare by Kristen McDermott and Ari Berk. Templar ISBN 9781840111583

Further Information

Further information is available on the School Library Association website at http://www.sla.org.uk/iba

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WI Love Libraries Petition

The WI is collecting signatures for the Love Libraries petition as part of their recently launched campaign.   They are calling on the Government to honour their commitment to act as a champion of the public library service, and plan to collect 100,000 signatures to trigger a debate in Parliament.  The online petition is on the direct.gov site – sign up now to save your local libraries.

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Consultation on School Funding Reform: Proposals for a Fairer System

On the 19th of July the Secretary of State launched the second part of the consultation on school funding reform. The consultation document sets out proposals for the mechanics of a new funding system, the contents of a new national formula and future funding arrangements for the Pupil Premium, early years provision and High Cost Pupils. It also clarifies the responsibilities of local authorities, schools and Academies in relation to central services.  To submit comments to the consultation visit the website.  Closing Date: Tuesday 11 October 2011.

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