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Information Book Award - School Registrations open

IBA Illus WEBThe website is now open for school registration to take part in the Children's Choice voting for the Information Book Award.  Register your school now and be ready for activity during the Autumn Term.

The shortlisted titles are available as three individual packs - under 7s, 7-12 and 12-16 - from children’s book specialists, Peters Bookselling Services.  In support of the awards, Peters will: 

  • Invoice the packs at 20% discount.
  • Fit plastic jackets, where applicable, free of charge.
  • Deliver free of charge to mainland UK addresses.
  • Also include a voucher for £50 of free books, redeemable during any visit to the Peters Showroom in Birmingham*
  • Packs can be ordered at www.peters-books.co.uk/sla.

*Free books are only available through a showroom visit and are limited to one voucher per school.  Posters will be made available to schools to advertise the shortlist and downloads will also be available for wider use.  and children can choose their own ‘Children’s Choice’ favourites in each category, plus voting for an overall winner. Prizes will be awarded for the judges and Children’s Choice winners in each category, as well as for the overall winner(s).

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Reading for a Reason - RNIB

RfRD Folder CoverSchools helping to raise money for charity by taking part in Read for RNIB Day can win a year's supply of children's books, thanks to leading sight loss charity the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Walker Books.

Schools across the UK are being asked to do something reading related from hosting a Mad Hatter's Sensory Tea Party, a Reading Relay, Come as a Character Day or even a Story Sleepover and take part in an annual fundraising appeal, Read for RNIB Day. All funds raised will help provide reading services and equipment to blind and partially sighted people across the UK.

Participants can pick any date in October and enjoy an activity that will unite children, teachers and parents in making reading fun, whilst helping other children who can't see the same books.  Schools also have the option to keep 20 per cent of any money raised. So Read for RNIB Day can benefit not only blind and partially sighted children, but also the school taking part. Schools that raise £400 or more will be entered into a prize draw to win a year's supply of Walker children's books!


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June Reflections

Reading in the Political Spotlight panel
Reading in the Political Spotlight panel

June seems to have flown past!  Lighting the Future was a resounding success with many people commenting on how energised and buzzy the whole event was.  The conference venue said they had never had such a busy and cheerful conference before!  I do hope everyone who attended got something to take home and think about, and perhaps try to adapt to their situation - that is, after all, the reason why we put on such a varied programme!  We are adding presentations, pictures and reflections to the presentations page of the website as we get them so you can catch up on things you may have missed.  Meanwhile, speakers and delegates - if you have any pictures or presentations you are happy to share on the website please do send them to contact[at]lightingthefuture.org.uk and we'll get them up there as soon as possible.  It was a real pleasure to be working in partnership with CILIP Youth Libraries Group and School Libraries Group - and everyone I spoke to was very positive about doing this again in the future. 

As if that wasn't enough for one month, there's also the Finalists for the SLA Library Design Award announced this week - have a look at the webpage and remember, if you have a new library or a refurbishment, you might like to consider nominating your library next time!

We are getting geared up for schools involvement in the Information Book Award too - the shortlist was announced recently.  Peters will be happy to offer a 20% discount on all the books if you wish to order a pack and take part in activities plus the voting process for the award (the website will be open very soon for registering your school to be able to vote in the Chldren's Choice categories).  There will also be a small toolkit of activities available to help seed some ideas for using the award for your library activity.  Posters of all the books will be sent out to schools in the Scholastic Book Fairs mailing landing on desks in September and a download version will be availabe soon.

In between all that I was also priviledged to be a part of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Award celebrations - an historic win for A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Jim Kay winning both awards.  This followed fast on the heels of the announcement of the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards - a city wide process hosted by the Schools Library Service, including books across all age ranges.  I have already read one of the category winners as the award whetted my appetite for the book!

Currently we are working on feedback to the DfE for the consultation on the new Primary curriculum in English, as well as looking forward to some interesting meetings in the next few weeks.


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IBBY Congress - Day Delegates

IBBYRegistration Opens on July 2nd for Day Delegates to IBBY 2012 World Congress.  IBBYUK is pleased to announce that registration for day delegates to this amazing International Conference will open on Monday July 2nd, online at www.ibbycongress2012.org

Hundreds of international delegates have already signed up to enjoy the brilliant line-up of speakers and events.  IBBY UK already have registrations from as far afield as Mongolia, Japan, Tunisia, Argentina, Lebanon, Mexico, Malaysia, China, Korea, the United States, Azerbaijan, India, Canada  and of course most European counties too.  This incredible conference on Children's and young adult literature has not been held in the UK for 30 years, so don't miss this wonderful opportunity.

The programme will be a mix of keynote addresses, panel discussions, professional papers, poster sessions as well as presentations of the illustrious Hans Christian Andersen Awards and the IBBY Asahi Reading Promotion Awards.  Lots of authors and illustrators will speak in lunchbreaks and breakfast sessions - in fact the programme is packed so full you'll have to remind yourself to eat!!  Three UK Laureates, Julia Donaldson, Anthony Browne and Michael Morpurgo, get us off to a great start, and it just goes on and on.  The only problem with day registration is choosing which day to come.

There are limited numbers of places each day, so book your place as soon as you can to be sure of your first choice. For full details of the programme see http://www.ibbycongress2012.org/programme-outline.php and mark July 2nd in your dairy!


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Finalists in 2012 Design Award

Slalda Logo MediumThe finalists for the SLA School Library Design Award 2012 have just been announced:

  •     Cheltenham College, Bath Road, Cheltenham
  •     The Duston School, Berrywood Road, Northampton
  •     Front Lawn Junior School, Broadmere Avenue, Havant

The finalists were selected by a panel who judged all entries across a set of criteria: inviting/improved library image; space planning; educational objectives; technology and engagement; consultation.

Congratulations to the finalists and thanks also to all the schools who took part in the nominations for the Award, which recognizes innovation, creativity and resourcefulness in school library design.

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Doncaster Book Award Chair and SLA member Lesley Hurworth is running the Great North Run on Sunday 16th September 2012 to raise funds for the School Library Association. If you would like to sponsor Lesley, please download her sponsorship form here. All monies raised will go directly to the SLA, we are an independent registered charity committed to supporting everyone involved with school libraries, promoting high quality reading and learning opportunities for all.

The winner of the 2011-12 Doncaster Book Award was David Walliams's Billionaire Boy. The winner was announced at a spectacular Finale at Doncaster Athletic Stadium on 25th May.

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Man Booker Prize for 6th Form

Man BookerThe Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and even publishers. One of the main objectives of the prize is to encourage the widest possible readership for the best in literary fiction and for many years the prize has worked closely with public libraries to engage a broad range of readers. Increasingly there has been an interest from school libraries in the Man Booker Prize and this year for the first time a range of resources and activities are being put in place specifically for schools and sixth form colleges.
The package is free to schools and comprises the following;
Hard copy resources:

  • Posters
  • Wallcharts
  • Bookmarks

Downloadable resources:

  • Readers Guides for each of the longlisted titles
  • Shortlist leaflet with a synopsis of each of the books and an author biography
  • Event and Reading Group Toolkit with a special section for schools
  • Posters for each of the shortlisted titles
  • Rolling presentation for plasma/tv/whiteboard screens

If you would like to receive the package of display material simply send an email to Helen Thomas (helen[at]bookcommunications.co.uk) and include the name of your school and school address by no later than Friday 29th June 2012. The resources will be sent to you at the beginning of the autumn

Man Booker Prize shadowing:
In addition to the above we are also looking for 6 school based library reading groups who would like to shadow the prize judging process. If you would like to be considered to be one of the 6 groups you need to have a group of students each of who are willing to read at least one of the six shortlisted titles between the announcement of the shortlist (11th September) and the announcement of the winner (16th October). Although every student doesn’t have to read every book all the books should be read by at least one member of the group. We’d ask you to provide a profile of your group for the Man Booker Prize website and we’d also like as many students as possible to participate in the online debate so they can share their views not only with students from across the country but also with readers from around the world.  We will provide your group with 3 free copies of each of the shortlisted titles and invitations to a Man Booker event.
To apply to be one of our six Partner Reading Groups please send an email to helen[at]bookcommunications.co.uk explaining in not more than 300 words why you would like to get involved with the Man Booker Prize and the anticipated benefits for your school by no later than Friday 29th June 2012. We will notify you before the end of this term if your school has been successful.
If you have any questions or queries relating to this initiative please do not hesitate to get in touch.  Helen Thomas  helen[at]bookcommunications.co.uk  Tel: 0121 246 2777

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The Manchester Poetry Prize 2012

Under the direction of the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University is launching the third Manchester Poetry Prize with a first prize of £10,000.

The competition is open to new and established writers aged 16 and over. The deadline for entries is 31st August 2012 and the entry fee is £17 per portfolio of 3 - 5 poems.

For full details go to: www.manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk

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SLA 75th Birthday Celebration

SLA 75 LogoJoin us this November in Newcastle to celebrate the SLA’s 75th Birthday. We have joined up with an exciting new conference venue in the North East for a one-day special event with a broad mix of training, networking and celebrating!

Date: 16 November 2012

Venue: Jury’s Inn, Newcastle Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3AE

Speakers include:

  • Ginette Doyle
  • Carol Webb
  • Andy Briggs
  • Geoff Dubber
  • Joyce Martin
  • Bev Humphrey
  • Lin Smith
  • Laura Taylor
  • Kevin Crossley-Holland

Full details can be found at http://www.sla.org.uk/conference75

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Lighting the Future presentations

Course 2012 logoThank you to everyone who participated in our weekend course "Lighting the Future" - we've had a fantastic response to the event.

Presentations and related material are being added to the website - so check if you have missed anything or need a recap!

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