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Longlist announced for Information Book Award 2013

IBA 2013We are delighted to publish the longlist for this year's Information Book Award.  There were a wide variety of submissions to the award, and these were subjected to a rigorous judging process.  The result of the judge’s deliberations is a long list of 25 excellent titles. 

These will now go forward to be judged again to produce a shortlist that will be announced in April.  We will build on the success of the Children’s Choices voting of the previous years – but from this year schools will be able to join in with voting from early June until early September.  Book Packs for each age group will be available from Peters Books at a 25% discount and with free delivery in UK mainland.

The Longlist -

Under 7

A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Mark Hearld, ISBN 9781406304916 Walker Books

Demolition by Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock, ISBN 9781406339369 Walker Books

Just Ducks by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino, ISBN 9781406327397 Walker Books

Lion by Suzi Eszterhas ISBN 9781847803115 Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Make With Maisy by Lucy Cousins ISBN 9781406339659 Walker Books

Same-Sex Parents – This is My Family by Pat Thomas and Lesley Harker ISBN 9780750269810 Wayland

The Little Refugee by Anh Do & Suzanne Do, illustrated by Bruce Whatley ISBN 9781742378329 Allen & Unwin

Your Perfect Pet: Love Your Hamster by Judith Heneghan ISBN 9780750268943 Wayland               

7 – 12

Discover More: Dinosaurs by Penelope Arlon and Tory Gordon-Harris ISBN 9781407134642 Scholastic Children’s Books

Discover More: Penguins by Penelope Arlon and Tory Gordon-Harris ISBN 9781407131528 Scholastic Children’s Books

Don’t Flush: Lifting the Lid on the Science of Poo and Wee by Richard Platt & Mary Platt, illustrated by John Kelly ISBN 9780753433997 Kingfisher (Macmillan)

Girl Files: All About Puberty & Growing Up by Jacqui Bailey ISBN 9780750270540 Wayland             

Incredible Edibles by Stefan Gates, illustrated by Georgia Glynn ISBN 9781406339062 Walker Books

Inventions by Adam Hart-Davies, illustrated by Nishant Choksi ISBN 9781406315004 Walker Books

Not for Parents: Extreme Planet by Michael Dubois and Katri Hilden, illustrated by Hugh Ford ISBN 9781743214107 Lonely Planet

Science Crazy by Steve Parker and Raman Prinja ISBN 9781848359338 QED Publishing

Stars and the Dust That Made Us (The Universe Rocks) by Raman Prinja ISBN 9781848358867 QED Publishing

Super Science: Molecule Mayhem by Tom Adams, illustrated by Thomas Flintham ISBN 9781848772922 Templar Publishing

Walter Tull’s Scrapbook by Michaela Morgan ISBN 9781847802125 Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

12 – 16

100 Ways for Every Girl to Look and Feel Fantastic by Alice Hart-Davis and Beth Hindhaugh ISBN 9781406337549 Walker Books

Discover More: Ocean and Seas by Steve Parker ISBN 9781407131511 Scholastic Children’s Books

Discover More: Technology by Clive Gifford ISBN 9781407131566 Scholastic Children’s Books

The Music Scene: The History of Modern Music by Matt Anniss ISBN 9781445113890 Franklin Watts

The Story of the Second World War by Paul Dowswell, illustrated by Ian McNee ISBN 9781409523406 Usborne Publishing

Who Wants Pizza? by Jan Thornhill ISBN 9781445110592 Franklin Watts

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Training course cancellation

We are sorry to inform you that due to unforeseen circumstances the training course "The E-Reading Revolution" due to take place in Penrith on Wednesday 27 February 2013 has been postponed.

We aim to reschedule this popular course in the near future and will contact all delegates as soon as we have a new date.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Thursday 7th March

WBD 2013World Book Day!  Celebrate in 2013 with the Biggest Book Show on Earth.  Lots of live and streamed events are available - make sure you register to use them on the day! 

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Red House Children's Book Award Ceremony 23rd Feb

RHCBWho will win? Children nationwide are now invited to vote for their favourite of the ten shortlisted books. The category winners and the author of the best children’s book published in the 2012 nomination period will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony which takes place in the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre in London on Saturday 23rd February 2013.  Check out tickets and timings.

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Education Show 2013

Ed ShowBetween the 14 – 16 March 2013 at the NEC Birmingham, education experts, educators, associations and policy makers will gather at the Education Show to debate, discuss and share ideas on the future of UK education. With more than 350 exhibitors, the Education Show provides visitors with easy access to a wide variety of the latest learning resources.  

To ensure you remain at the forefront of what are the most innovative and most cost effective options for your school library, the Education Show is a date not to be missed.   The Education Show this year will be offering more free CPD opportunities than ever before with something for everyone.  The popular ‘Learn Live’ programme returns, featuring more than 70 free-to-attend, CPD accredited sessions, covering topics including behaviour, funding, specific teaching practices and whole-school concerns. The Learn Live programme aims to address the professional development needs of all practitioners in four theatres: Early Years, Primary, Secondary, and SEN.

Alongside these valuable CPD opportunities, more than 350 education suppliers and innovative smaller companies will be exhibiting at the show, including global publishers Pearson and Oxford University Press, literacy software companies such as Crick Software Ltd, and publisher of multilingual education resources, Mantra Lingua. Exhibitors will be on hand to present and demonstrate the latest teaching tools, and advise on the most cost-effective procurement schemes. What’s more, visitors will have the opportunity to test and trial products to ensure they make the right choices when buying resources for their school and students.

The Education Show 2013 takes place from Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 March 2013 at the NEC Birmingham and is free to attend. To discover more and to register for free fast-track entry, please visit www.education-show.com and enter the registration code EPR14.

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Local Studies and the School Library

Wyrmeweald Returners WealthThe SLA's newest publication is a very useful guide to supporting local studies work in the school library.

All school librarians are regularly asked to identify and locate information or resources about their local area or local environment. The text of this Guideline covers important aspects such as the range of useful materials to include, ways to manage them, other sources of support and strategies to promote the collection. It also includes four very useful and varied case studies that show local studies work at its best and offer ideas to make the best use of your local School Library Service.

A Time and a Place: Supporting Local Studies through the School Library by Steve Hird is now available to order online.

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Guest Blog - Jackie Morris in schools in USA

Jackie Morris has kindly sent us her impressions from visiting schools in the USA and attending the ALA Midterm meeting in Seattle.  Jackie Morris’s latest book is EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Jackie talking at Falls SchoolThe weather that greeted us on our arrival in Seattle could not have been more British. Dark, cold, wet.  A nine hour flight. The next day I would have five sessions in schools and I was wondering about jet-lag. This was to be followed by the American Library Associations Mid Winter Meeting.

I had been to the ALA once before, in Philadelphia, so knew what to expect … hundreds of stands from publishers pushing their latest list, software manufacturers, distribution services, library and office furniture etc. So many books, and so many librarians, and so much noise!

As for the schools, well, I had presentations ready, so if the technology didn’t let me down all would be ok.
 Altogether I visited three schools, all three with wonderful libraries and each one staffed by a skilled librarian (not so long ago it would have seemed ridiculous to say that, but not these days.)

The first school had a space that many UK schools would envy. There was a suite of computers in the centre, all Apple Macs. The walls were filled with shelves of books. The second school was a young school, about 3 years old, and the librarian said that they had been given 9,000 new books when they opened.  A small school with only about 300 children, so some of the books were still sitting on the shelves waiting to be read.

Here the event had been organised by the local public library - to encourage more families in to the library. I told the children about how we had few books at home when I was young (maybe only a handful, certainly not a shelf full) so my weekly treat was to go to the library and take out up tosix books. What I also told them was that I would struggle to read them and return them mostly having looked at the pictures. I was late learning to read. Now, fortunately, I have the trick of it.

Of all the libraries I have been in, the one in Fall City must rate as one of my favorites. The city is named after the falls, which on the day that we visited, were shrouded in mist. The library was filled with colour, books and animals(tortoises, finches, small hamsters and a stuffed owl.) Children came and went, returning and borrowing books. The librarian knew their names and they knew their library numbers by heart. Best of all, and oh how magical, was Max … painted on the walls up high… all around the central space in the library,  Max in his wolf suit and all his wild things who loved him best of all. What better space could there be for me to talk about my work than in a small temple to children, books and Wild Things.  So, while the children sat I told them stories about where I live, about walking with cats and writing on hillsides, about painting and about listening for dragons.

 The ALA ExhibitionI was lucky I think. I was taken in to schools that still had well stocked and well staffed libraries at their hearts. But in the staff room I heard stories about funding cuts, and about secondary and senior schools closing their libraries. But then I suppose these are the schools that authors won’t be taken to. Now, I know when authors are taken on book tours the idea is supposed to be that it is all about promoting the latest title and driving sales, but as someone who comes from a background where books were a luxury andlibraries were a haven I understand that selling books isn’t always the point. What is perhaps more important is inspiring children and families to read together and to love books.

A few days into my visit I was doing an event with Robin Hobb at the University Bookstore in Seattle. The audience was good for a rainy Monday in late January, mostly adults but a few children too. It was quite late. When it came time for questions a lady put up her hand.  “I’m sorry, “ she said, “ I don’t know the protocol for these events, never been to one before, but my children are really tired and need to go home to bed, so would you be able to sign their books for them now? Is that OK?”
This was one of the highlights of my trip. The children had heard me speak at their school and had brought their mum along to hear more stories. I signed their books while Robin Hobb continued to answer questions and we whispered together and they went off to tuck their books under their pillows. That is what trips like this are all about.

Seattle was so many things:

It was tall buildings, high mountains, cloud and sunshine. It was markets and fish stalls with singing fish mongers with a sense of humour. It was yellow cabs and malls and coffee shops and sidewalks, parking lots and neon signs and space towers and monorails. It was trolley busses and fire hydrants and fine food and the best Bloody Mary. It was overhead wires where traffic lights swayed in the wind, stop signs, go signs, panhandlers and hopeless homeless people in doorways. It seems to be a city with a big heart that holds out its arms to welcome strangers. 5 days. Hard work. The time of my life.

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Safer Internet Day 2013

Safer Internet UKThe UK Safer Centre was launched at 1st January 2011 and comprises a partnership of three leading internet safety organisations; Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) and the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).

The UK Safer Internet Centre is committed to working in partnership with all stakeholders in the UK in making the internet a great and safe place for children and young people and in supporting those who work with them in doing so.  Safer Internet Day 2013 is on Tuesday 5th February - what are you doing in your school?


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