SLS Bookmark

Welcome to SLS Bookmark, a set of curated articles written by our Advisory team. These articles have been written to support and inspire your work to nurture reading and literacy in your school. We hope that you enjoy them and welcome feedback, including topics that you may wish to see covered.
Read to the Stars

Making the most of Sora in the classroom

The SLS Virtual Library is a diverse and accessible resource that supports reading for pleasure not just at home, but in the classroom as well.

SLS Bookmark Book Covers

Living Collections – Giving your library stock the attention it needs for reading to thrive

“Less is more”. “Can’t see the wood for the trees”. These common phrases summarise why editing book stock can be so critical in an effective library.

Promoting Peace and Tolerance in Times of Conflict

We have updated our “Promoting Peace and Tolerance in Times of Conflict” booklist to support schools with current affairs and in time for the United Nations’ International Day for Tolerance.

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‘Race, Identity & Equality’ and ‘Diverse Characters’ Booklists

How we identify and how we see the world can be littered with mistruths and unconscious bias. Educators and librarians nurture young minds, fostering empathy, inclusivity and understanding.

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Everyday Poetry – National Poetry Day and Beyond

Poetry surrounds us daily, from advertising jingles to the Poet Laureate’s works. How can we convert this into an overt and on-going love of poetry in our students?

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Information Literacy - Why Learning to Find Information is Important

Information Literacy is a vital skill that is often overlooked. The SLS Package is designed to help schools develop these skills in pupils in a way that can be incorporated across the curriculum.

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Power and Impact of Reading Challenges

Embedding a school reading culture requires different strategies to appeal to a wide range of pupils. Reading Challenges can offer a competitive element that captures interest.

Windrush Day Portrait

Making the Most of School Library Service Group Sets

Budgets are tight in schools, so it makes sense to benefit from SLS resources by using your full allocation of Group Sets at no extra cost and to great effect.

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Using Books to Bring History to Life

Schools already use some great techniques to spark children’s interest in history. So how can we use books to bring that history to life and give us a real understanding of what life was like?

Using SLS Transition Leaflets to help sustain Reading over Summer

The SLS produce lists for children transitioning from one Key Stage to another with the aim of keeping that reading engagement going over the summer and beyond.

Supporting Pupils with Books During the Cost-of-Living Crisis

For schools and librarians to support those most struggling with access to great reading materials, we must look at how best to promote the use of libraries both in and outside of school.

We Welcome All – a Call to Action for Refugee Week

This article aims to give schools ways to explore the wider impact of and issues relating to refugees, immigrants and displaced people in the curriculum throughout the school year.

You can find our older articles in the list below