4th September 1998 at 01:00
The first issue of the National Literacy Trust's official free National Year of Reading newsletters for primary schools should arrive in schools later this month. There will be approximately two issues per term, sponsored by the publisher Longman, containing contacts and ideas for reading activities. If your school's copy has not arrived by the end of September, contact: The National Year of Reading Team, National Literacy Trust, Swire House, 59 Buckingham Gate,London SW1E 6AJ.

Tel: 0171 828 2435 fax: 0171 931 9986. e-mail: uk The National Literacy Trust is also offering a free National Year of Reading special issue of its quarterly magazine, "Literacy Today". Contact details as above.

Random House Children's Books has produced a resources pack for teachers who would like to set up a Red Fox Reading Gang for children to share and swap books. It includes photocopiable activities for 4 to 12-year-olds. The first 20 "gang leaders" to register will receive a pair of reading boxes - two sets of three chunky Red Fox paperbacks by authors including Brian Jacques, Joan Aiken and a new Red Fox discovery, Kate ("Switchers") Thompson. Each set normally costs Pounds 9.99. Postcards to: TES Offer, Red Fox Reading Gang, PO Box 1375, London SW1V 2SA.

West Yorkshire Playhouse's WordPlay booklet is full of ideas and case studies on "creative approaches to literacy", including Story Sacks - surprise parcels which get young readers excited about books. From Lisa Parrott, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UP.

All primary schools will receive a project pack on "How a Book is Made" from Dorling Kindersley to celebrate 10 years of DK Eyewitness guides. A DK primary competition to design a futuristic book cover has a visit to NASA Kennedy Space Centre as first prize (plus books, of course). If your school has not had details, contact: Jessica Stanford, 9 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8PS.

"B is for Books, to read, to treasure, to share with our friends", reads Frances Lincoln's delightful poster, taken from "W is for World", published in association with Oxfam. Posters free to schools from: Melanie Patrick, Frances Lincoln, 4 Torriano Mews, London NW5 2RZ. Egmont Children's Books is working on a set of six postcards and posters to scatter in unlikely locations (bus stops, dentists' waiting rooms and so on). Schools will receive a set, but fax Egmont for extra: 0171 225 9726.

Copies of the Books for Students Boyz Own booklist, with suggestions for captivating reluctant boy readers between seven and 16, from: Boyz OwnBfS, Bird Road, Heathcote, Warwick CV4 6TB Puffin and Random House Children's Books have both produced literacy hour booklists. From Puffin Schools Line: fax 0181 899 4020; tel 0181 899 4022, or Random House, PO Box 1375, London SW1V 2SA.

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