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A slim volume of ideas for encouraging pupils to read, write and relish poetry comes from Books for Keeps and Reading University's Reading and Language Information Centre. In Guide to Poetry 0-13, John Lynch and Jill Pirrie (both teachers whose pupils have attracted a string of awards) advise on how to ensure that poetry infiltrates the curriculum. Book recommendations include sections on oral and traditional verse, picture poetry books and collections on topics including "magic, mystery and menace". Pounds 5.50 per copy (discounts if ordering more than three), tel: 0181 852 4952.

* The collection of European children's literature compiled by Penni Cotton of Kingston University (TES, Children's Books and Reading Extra, March 8) is ready for trial in primary schools in 1996-97. Schools who would like to take part should write to Penni Cotton, Department of Education, Kingston University, Kingston Hill, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB.

* The Heinemann Library Get Published Competition asks pupils to write a story suitable for a 24-page picture book for five- to seven-year-olds (up to 35 words per page). The winners in two age groups (seven to 11 and 12-plus) will see their ideas published, win books worth Pounds 500 for their school libraries and receive royalties from their sales. Entry forms from Julia Philip, Heinemann Educational, Halley Court, Jordan Hill, Oxford OX2 8EJ; tel: 01865 314157.

* Sixty teams of young judges are needed to choose the winner of the Smarties Book Prize. Primary teachers are invited to enter their classes to judge the shortlisted books in the relevant age group (five years old and under, six to eight, and nine to 11) next term. Entry forms from Maggie Chrystal, Book Trust, Book House, 45 East Hill, London SW18 2QZ; tel: 0181 870 9055; fax: 0181 874 4790 (give children's ages).

* There is still time to attend the United Kingdom Reading Association's conference at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. Sessions tomorrow focus on classroom concerns, while on Sunday the theme is family and community. Latest schemes and resources will be on show on Saturday. The day fee of Pounds 35 includes lunch. Details from the conference office, tel: 0191 2273166.

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