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

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.

Windrush Day Portrait

Celebrate Britain’s Diverse History – 75th Anniversary of Windrush

SLS provides Diversity Audits for schools to assess book stock diversity. Special events like this one offer opportunities to acquire and showcase diverse titles to students.

History Cover

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.

Classification – to Dewey or not to Dewey

Why should we classify our stock? Helen Walton will explain why the Dewey Classification System is still important and why schools should use it for the benefit of their pupils and their teachers.

No Librarian? Keep Calm and Turn to the SLS!

Schools are facing hard decisions to balance the budget. Ideally the SLS would recommend a librarian, but if your budget does not stretch to this, how can the SLS subscription help?

Author Events

Having an author visit your school can be an amazing experience for the children. This article looks at how to get the most impact out of such an event.

Introducing Modern Foreign Languages into the Library

This article explores how learning different languages can help to develop creative expression and gives ideas on how you can celebrate foreign languages in your library.

Tapping into eMagazines to Promote Reading and Enjoyment

While a magazine can be picked up and read easily and quickly, Emma Ostler looks at the added benefits of using eMagazines and how more children can access eMagazines.

You can find our older articles in the list below