Book Awards

The 2016 Carnegie Shadowing Experience

There is never enough time to do everything you plan to do. I knew that I would struggle to persuade students to join the new Shadowing Group, everyone is so busy and pressure is on the students to finish assignments, portfolios, exams etc. I received the Carnegie publicity material, bought a set of the shortlisted books and proceeded to put up my Carnegie display in the centre of the library.

The Head of English told me that she had three girls interested in joining the Group, oh well I thought to myself we’ll just go with three, after all they say that it is the quality not the quantity that is important. As the day progressed I noticed a girl hovering around the display, I asked her if she would give some thought to joining our Group. Then at lunchtime a couple of boys came in, again drawn to the display, so I asked them and they said that they would come to the meeting to find out what it was all about. They spoke to two other friends and before I realised what had happened I had eight students in my little Group, four boys and four girls, perfect!

They worked so hard and really contributed to the meetings, the teachers supported us by allowing the students to attend the meetings. Two of the Group entered the ‘Journey’ writing competition, sadly they never won,books were read and the Shadowing Magazine was completed. I am so proud of their commitment to the Shadowing process and the Shadowing Magazinemagazine_preview 2 turned out so well!

Cathy MacIntyre

Learning Resource Centre Manager

Taylor High School

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World Book Day at St Aidan’s

Report from Marie McGough

The children’s author, Gillian Philip, visited St Aidan’s High recently as part of the school’s World Book Day celebrations. Gillian Philip’s book, Mysteries of Ravenstorm Island: The Lost Children, was one of the shortlisted titles at the recent Scottish Children’s Book Awards. An eager audience of 60 S1 pupils gathered, in the school library, to listen to Gillian talk of her enthusiasm for books, stories and writing. The main body of the presentation focused on myths, legends, and fairytales, and how we use them to tell modern stories from Dr Who to The Hunger Games. The presentation sparked a lively question and answer session much to Gillian’s delight.

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A number of the author’s books were available to purchase and Gillian signed these while chatting with pupils. The S1 pupils thoroughly enjoyed Gillian Philip’s visit and a good time was had by all!

This author visit was partly funded by The Scottish Book Trust and organized by the school librarian, Miss McGough.

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Caldervale’s New Year

It’s been a busy few months in Caldervale High School’s Library Resource Centre.  It all began with the BOOKies’ Burns Supper way back in January.  The school’s two book groups joined forces to present an informal, traditional Burns Supper.  It was so informal in fact that we had cardboard cutout bagpipes escort in the haggis!!  Our school piper was unavailable, as was our usual stand-in fiddler.  The pupils were wonderful, leading the proceedings, addressing the haggis, toasting the lassies and laddies and providing poetic entertainment.  Everyone had a great time.

Our second event was much more sombre – our Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration.  Staff from the Social Subjects and RME Departments spoke to the book groups about the background to the Holocaust and the impact of more recent atrocities.  One of the second year BOOKies lit a candle in remembrance and a moments silence was observed.  The pupils were then able to peruse a selection of holocaust themed fiction.

Then this week we managed a trip out to the Mitchell Library in Glasgow to attend the Scottish Children’s Book Awards.  Every year the Scottish Booktrust does a fantastic job of organising the awards.  This year each age category had its own venue within the Mitchell Library.  Our group enjoyed the 4 part quiz, round 1 was guess the book from the movie still, round 2 was book cryptographs, round 3 was based on the shortlisted books and finally, a general book knowledge round.  Great fun, interspersed with author talks from the shortlisted novellists; Diana Hendry for The Seeing, Barry Hutcheson for Book of Doom and Claire McFall for The Ferryman.  Everyone was pleased to see Claire McFall take the award, although secretly our group had been rooting for Barry Hutchison.

To bring us bang up to date, we held our annual World Book Day Quiz.  Teams of pupils and staff combined forces to do battle to be the team with the best book knowledge.  Two rounds of questions and lots of sweets later, the winning team emerged as “Radioactive Tuna Pasta” with 18.5 points out of a possible 22.  The team with the most original name was judged to be “We will do anything for Sweets” and they were rewarded with chocolate Easter Eggs – quite appropriate I thought!

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Information Book Awards

The School Library Association Information Book Awards nominees have been announced.

The 12 – 16 category includes:

  • Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport.
  • How to Draw Like a Fashion Designer by Celia Joicey and Dennis Nothdruft.
  • Starving the Anxiety Gremlin by Kate Collins-Donnelly, illustrated by Rosy Salaman.
  • Who’s Who of World War I by Clive Gifford.
  • Weird Sea Creatures by Erich Hoyt.
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Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2012

Also on World Book Day, the winners of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2012 were announced:

The winner of the Bookbug (aged 3 – 7) category is:

The Day Louis Got Eaten by John Fardell, published by Andersen

The winner of the Younger Readers (aged 8 – 11) category is:

The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts by Jonathan Meres, published by Orchard

The winner of the Older Readers (aged 12 – 16) category is:

The 13th Horseman by Barry Hutchison, published by HarperCollins

A video of the event will soon be available at the above link.

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Adventures in reading wallchart

From the Scottish Book Trust website

We would like to encourage schools to create a reading culture throughout their school community. To help with this we’ve created an Adventures in Reading poster. It details the many Scottish Book Trust projects schools can get involved with, as well as suggesting activities to try in school throughout the year. We have also highlighted some projects from other organisations which we think schools could benefit from taking part in.

You can download an A4 PDF of the poster.

If you’d like an A2 sized copy of the poster to put in your staffroom please email your name and address to Heather Collins @ Scottish Book Trust

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Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2012 Shortlist Announced

The Scottish Children’s Book Awards Shortlist was announced today and the titles look great.

From their e-mail:

The Scottish Children’s Book Awards (formerly Royal Mail Awards) run by Scottish Book Trust are voted for entirely by children and young people across Scotland.

Taking part is easy. There are 5 steps to follow:

Register > Read > Discuss > Review > Vote


This year’s shortlist is:

Bookbug Readers Category 3-7 Years:

  • The Day Louis Got Eaten by John Fardell
  • Jack and the Flumflum Tree by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by David Roberts
  • Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Rayner

Younger Readers Category 8-11 Years:

  • Out of the Depths by Cathy MacPhail
  • Soldier’s Game by James Killgore
  • The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts by Jonathan Meres

Older Readers Category 12-16 Years:

  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • The 13th Horseman by Barry Hutchison
  • The Prince Who Walked With Lions by Elizabeth Laird


You can find out more about the awards, access linked resources and get involved by visiting their website.

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Carnegie Greenaway Medals

Congratulations to author, Patrick Ness, and illustrator, Jim Kay, whose novel, A monster calls, has just won both the Carnegie and Greenaway medals.

This is the first time one book has achieved both awards.

Read an interview with both here.

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The Book Thieves

The s1-s2 (aged 12-13) Book Thieves are a keen group of readers. I am trying to weigh up whether or not they can actually read a book without a cup of tea in front of them. Like me. At the moment we are reading and reviewing the Carnegie Medal shortlist, starting with Trash by Andy Mulligan. Trash is about three boys living in a dumpsite in Manila. It goes on to explain from each character’s point of view the events that will shape the course of their futures forever. Will they find a better life? What is the mysterious find they stumble across whilst raking through the trash? Can you still have hope in the most miserable of circumstances?

I am going to make ask them to comment on our Greenfaulds blog at lunchtime. I reckon they’ll get really excited at the idea of their comments being made visible not just to us at Greenfaulds but potentially the WHOLE WORLD!!!


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Carnegie Medal Shadowing – Greenfaulds High School

I am lucky enough to have 12 enthusiastic and avid readers visit me every Friday in the LRC for book related discussions and activities. Every Friday the kids pour in to switch on the kettle for a nice cuppa with lunch. We catch up on the gossip and then get down to business.

Two weeks ago, English teacher Mrs Mullaney came to talk to the group about this exciting new Carnegie shadowing scheme the group are now involved with. We also discussed our favourite sorts of stories. Mrs Mullaney enjoys stories about zombies the most, we think! Don’t encourage the kids, Mullaney! They are already hooked on vampire romance; the inclusion of zombies would only serve to add even more confusion to the kids’ theories on immortality.

The kids don’t all just love vampires exclusively though; we do have Susannah with an “eclectic” reading taste who will  read just about anything. You’ve gotta love Susannah – she makes that part of  my job so  much easier.

Anyway, Kirsty, Kirsty, Fyn, Jamie, Julia, Tiffany, Susanna, Amy,Tegan, Heather, Eilidh, and Caureen are all enjoying the idea of the shadowing scheme. So far everyone is really intrigued by Trash by Andy Mulligan.. the writer really helps us visualise what is must be like to live in such atrocious conditions. We are reading it at home and on a chapter by chapter basis as part of the group. We then discuss what’s happening in the story and where we think the writer is going next.

Keep an eye on our shortlist reviews by visiting the Carnegie Medal Shadowing page and click on Greenfaulds High School Book Thieves.

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Norwegian Visitors

On Friday the School Library Resource Centre  at St Maurice’s HS welcomed Helg Harper and Hilde Solhaug from Askim videregående skole in South East Norway. They and their colleagues (190 in total) were in Scotland on a short staff development trip and were taking the opportunity to learn more about the Scottish Education system.

In a visit arranged by the Scottish branch of the School Library Association,  Helg and Hilde came to St Maurice’s before heading on to visit a school in Glasgow. Ms Cameron, LRCM @ St Maurice’s gave the two ladies  a tour of the school before spending the morning in the LRC discovering how Scottish School Libraries run and exchanging ideas which they can take home to Norway. 

Although Askim videregående skole is mainly a Sixth Form/Technical College , with academic and vocational courses and has about 900 pupils aged 16-19, it was a great opportunity to show them our initiatives here in North Lanarkshire for our older pupils.  They had a chance to explore our blogs and find out about our Catalyst awards as well as how we go about improvement planning and supporting pupils with Careers information, Information Skills and other initiatives at a more local level.

Thanks to Hilary Petrie for arranging the visit. We hope they enjoyed their trip to Scotland!

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Catalyst Review Prize

Caldervale High School has just taken advantage of  S4 pupil, Damon Allan’s Catalyst Longlist Review prize, with an author visit from Dead Boy Talking author, Linda Strachan.  Damon introduced Linda, with a short resume of her life so far, before Linda herself spoke to the group about her Catalyst 2010 winning novel, Spider and her 2011 longlisted Dead Boy Talking.  The book groups were enthralled by her Powerpoint presentation depicting her research with the Fire and Police Services.  Some strong stomachs were needed for a few of the scenarios recounted. Linda took time at the end of her talk to answer questions and sign copies of both of her books.  All of the pupils thoroughly enjoyed sharing Damon’s prize.

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Cathy MacPhail

Our Lady's Latest

OLHS pupils in 3rd and 4th year won a competition back in October at the North Lanarkshire Catalyst Book Awards 2011 for the best use of the Catalyst blog. Their prize was a visit from award winning author, Cathy MacPhail.

The classes were enthralled by Cathy’s stories of moving statues, haunted hotels and creepy libraries. The Creative Writing Club also discussed lots of ideas with Cathy and sought advice for their own writing. Cathy was kind enough to answer all their questions and even set them a writing challenge at the end of the afternoon.

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Scottish Children’s Book Awards

I had a great day out of the LRC yesterday when I took a group of pupils from Caldervale to the Scottish Children’s Book Awards at the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh.

We traipsed through the drizzle in Princes Street Gardens to the theatre. Where we took our seats for the ceremony. Some of our pupils were a little bit disappointed that their favourite Theresa Breslin didn’t win but others were delighted to see Nicola Morgan take top place, in the 12-16 category, for her novel “Wasted”.

The Scottish Booktrust did a fantastic job of hosting the awards and our pupils thoroughly enjoyed the whole event, especially getting a chance to meet the three authors in their category at the book signing. All of the authors took time to speak individually to the pupils while they signed copies of their books or handed out pre-signed postcards.

A happy group skipped back through the wind to catch the train home! I’d thoroughly recommend getting involved in the Scottish Children’s Book Awards from the initial reading and reviewing of the shortlisted titles through voting and finally attending the ceremony.

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