Blog Posts tagged: creating a reading culture

A newspaper report inspired by the novel Grass, on display in the classroom

Using an author visit to inspire cross-curricular fun

Inviting a writer in to visit your pupils can be a hugely motivating experience. In this blog post, teacher Leanne Barclay describes how a visit from Cathy MacPhail led to a wide range of cross-curricular activities in the school, including graffiti art, musical compositions, and newspaper reports.

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Children enjoying Authors Live in 2014

Authors Live from the Archives: Lower Primary

Our Authors Live broadcasts feature some of the greatest names in children's writing, illustration and poetry – and they're all available to watch for free on our website. To celebrate reaching 60 broadcasts, we've put together some of our highlights for nurseries and P1-3 classes to enjoy!

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young woman writing in a notebook

Celebrating a School Publication of Pupils' Writing

‘The Doon Review’ is a quarterly journal featuring short stories, reviews and illustrations by Doon academy students. To celebrate the magazine's sixth edition, we caught up with library assistant Chris Kelso and some of the pupil contributors to talk about the stories, reviews and artwork appearing in this issue.

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Pupils from Elgin Academy

How to use #ScotTeenBookPrize to enthuse a class about reading - Elgin Academy

In the second of our blog posts about taking part in the Scottish Teenage Book Prize with a class, school librarian Shelagh Toonen and teacher Joanne Havinden explain how they helped a larger amount of pupils take part in the reading and voting.

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A group of teenagers at the launch of the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2018

How to Use #ScotTeenBookPrize to Enthuse a Class About Reading - Clydebank High School

Taking part in the Scottish Teenage Book Prize is a great opportunity for pupils to read and discuss great books, make their voices heard on a national stage and produce creative responses to what they read. Here, school librarian Alison Crawford describes how she liaised with the school's English department to co-ordinate the reading and voting for a class of pupils.

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Bookbug, Scottish Book Trust's Bookbug programme mascot, pictured with children on a running track

Use Our Resources to Make the Most of The Bookbug Picture Book Prize

Taking part in the Bookbug Picture Book Prize is a great opportunity to build a love of reading from an early age. We provide a lot of resources to help you make the most of the Prize - find out more in this blog post.

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Two illustrated panels of a student's comic

How Forfar Academy Created Comics and Book Trailers for #ScotTeenBookPrize

Taking part in the Scottish Teenage Book Prize is a fantastic opportunity to enthuse pupils about reading. Every year, we run two competitions to enhance the fun: a graphic novel competition and a book trailer competition. In this blog post, Shona Page and Janet Spence of Forfar Academy explain how they approached both competitions.

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A teacher reading Shark in the Park on a Windy Day to pupils

Getting P1 Pupils and Parents Excited About Reading at Braehead School

The Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag is full of books and fun resources to inspire reading, writing and counting. In this blog post, find out how teacher Gillian Low used last year’s bag as the inspiration for a fantastic ‘book walk’ learning activity, enthusing parents and pupils alike!

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A book case in the library at Craigentinny Primary School

9 Children's and Teen Books You Need to Read, as Chosen by Craigentinny Pupils

In the latest blog post in our Pupils Recommend series, young readers at Craigentinny Primary School tell us about the titles that have gone down a storm in their school.

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A group of secondary pupils gathered around author David Almond

How Boys and Girls Differ as Readers

Do boys and girls differ in their reading skills, reading motivation and reading activities? And to what extent can we draw broad conclusions about a complex and nuanced subject such as gender differences in reading? Literacy researcher Dr Sarah McGeown reveals some interesting research findings.

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