Posts Tagged With: Scottish Book Trust

The Scottish Book Trust’s ‘Home’ Project, the Library and English

Back in March, I e-mailed our newest English teacher to see if they would be interested in taking part in a library writing activity. They were extremely positive and suggested their S2 class take part in such a project. Great! An opportunity to work with our S2s.

Pupils were asked to write a letter discussing the places, people, pets, buildings, community or fun activities important to them, reminding them of ‘Home’. The class were also asked to write approximately 500 words. One pupil stated he wanted to keep writing, while others saw this as a challenge. However, our pupils have never been afraid of expressing themselves. Pupils choose to share various memories from their Gran’s house, to their own home or their favourite summer holiday. The class were also given the chance to elect a member of staff to write to.

Miss Murphy stated,
‘I was really pleased by the response of my S2 class, as they were all genuinely pleased to be selected for this trial project with the library. It was wonderful to see all the personalities in class come forward.
My class all worked well together, were very hard working and showed a united front when completing this activity. This project gave my pupils the confidence to discuss and write about a subject that is important to them.’

Orginally, I thought about putting the class pieces on the library wall. However, this idea was not as popular as I would have liked because of the subject matter. At first I was really disappointed but not accepting defeat, I began thinking about possible ways to promote the work this class had undertaken without embarrassing them. It would be a waste not to display at least some of our pupils’ fabulous achievements!
For help with this, I spoke to their teacher. She kindly asked the class who would be willing for their work to be displayed in the library and how they felt about being entered into the Scottish Book Trust’s national literacy competition for the rest of Scotland and the world to see.
The response was encouraging with four pupils coming forward to have their letters displayed in the library. I was really pleased that this would not be a wasted opportunity and would give our pupils the recognition for their work they deserved. Like previous personal writing activities I have co-ordinated, it was really lovely to read about what a special community we have here at Taylor.

One of our pupils stated,
‘I thoroughly enjoyed this project as it gave me a chance to share my memories with different people. I also enjoyed the fact that I had to write five hundred words. I believe that this project was a great success and I would love to do it again.”

Many thanks to Miss Murphy who took part in this project and to the S2 pupils who kindly permitted their work to be displayed and submitted to the SBT’s ‘Home project.

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Caldervale High School Pupils meet Children’s Laureate

I have just returned to school on a high (a literary high) having taken 10 lucky Caldervale High School pupils to a Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour event featuring the Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman, at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow, on Wednesday 21st May. Malorie spoke inspiringly about her background, her love of reading and writing, as well as introducing trailers of her books and showing a clip from her BAFTA winning BBC programme, Pig-Heart Boy. Fourth year pupil, Zilke Bleyl was able to ask Malorie about her book characters, during the Q&A session and all of the pupils were able to chat to the author at the book signing session at the end of the event. Malorie took the time to speak to each pupil individually and pose for numerous photographs, while signing their books. It was a thrill for me to see my pupils so excited to hear and speak to such an inspiring author (does that sound corny – I don’t care!!!) We had a brilliant time, thanks to the Scottish Book Trust who organised the event.
Malorie Blackman

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Young Writers Award 2013

YWA 2013 poster

Link to Scottish Book Trust for more details about the Young Writers Award 2013

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My favourite place

For Book Week Scotland, we ran a collection of activities based around ‘My favourite place’. These have now been added to the Scottish Book Trust website.

Chris Leslie at The Scottish Book Trust said he would be interested in other articles and information about the things we do.

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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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Scottish Book Trust

From Heather Collins, Children’s Programme Coordinator, Scottish Book Trust

Dear Librarians,

I’m hoping you can help me!

I am looking for secondary school book groups and library volunteers to write blog entries for the Teens & Young People blog. We want to showcase all the brilliant school libraries around the country and shout about the fantastic work school libraries do to enthuse their young readers.

Do you have any pupils at school who may be interested in writing the following type of blog entry for us? If so please share the following information with them:

Book groups

We’re interested to know what your book group have been reading recently, which books have been huge hits and which haven’t.

You may also want to include how your book group formed, who is involved, why you take part.

Library Volunteers

We’d like to use the blog to profile young school library volunteers around the country.

·         Why do you volunteer in the library?
·         What’s your favourite thing about volunteering in the library?
·         What makes your library a brilliant place to be?
·         What do you like to read? What have you most enjoyed recently?

How to submit your blog

Blog entries should be a maximum of 500 words and should be emailed to either in the body of the email or as a Word attachment. We would love to receive the blogs before the end of term.

I hope you’ll have some interested pupils and look forward to receiving their blog entries.

Best wishes,

Heather Collins

0131 524 0176

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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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