Where Can The Scottish Teenage Book Prize Take You?

So now that you’ve registered to take part in The Scottish Teenage Book Prize, what’s next? (If you haven’t registered, what are you waiting for? Click here to find out more.)

We hope that schools, libraries and book clubs across Scotland will approach the prize in a variety of different ways. There’s so much potential to create an innovative project, so don’t limit yourself to just reading the shortlist. Read on to find out how else you can get involved!


Start a Teen Book Club

If you haven’t already got a teen book club running in your school or library, the Scottish Teenage Book Prize is the perfect way to launch one. With a manageable shortlist of three teen novels to complete by 17 February, the prize will give your book club meetings a bit of structure over the course of the year, and the voting element will help to encourage discussion and debate around the books.

The Scottish Teenage Book Prize is the perfect way to launch a teen book club

Why not start off your first meeting by watching our author videos to get a taster for each book? Our learning resource also has some great ideas for activities for book group meetings – you can check it out here.


Bring Authors to Your School

Having an author visit the school is a great way to inspire, engage and challenge pupils, and through The Scottish Teenage Book Prize Panel Event Competition, you could win a free visit from all three of our shortlisted authors! To enter, schools just need to fill in this simple form by Friday 28 October, and one lucky school will be selected in our random draw to host the panel event.

Even if you aren’t successful, you might consider inviting one of the authors along to your school to boost interest in the prize. All three shortlisted authors live and work in Scotland, and you can find their contact details on our author database.


Create Links with Different Areas of the Curriculum

Participating in the prize doesn’t have to be restricted to the library or the English classroom

Participating in the prize doesn’t have to be restricted to the library or the English classroom – there are plenty of ways to make this an exciting cross-curricular project. To get you started, check out our learning resources, which are packed with both general activities and some which are specific to one of the books. From a social studies project on 1920s America via The Last Soldier to an art project inspired by the setting of Silver Skin or even composing your own spooky soundtrack to Black Cairn Point, the possibilities are endless!


Bring the Books To Life in Book Trailers

If you like the idea of running a digital cross-curricular project which will engage your pupils, then book trailers are for you. This tried-and-tested competition has been part of our Scottish Children’s Book Awards for years, with impressive results, and we have brought it with us to The Scottish Teenage Book Prize. Your pupils have until February to create their trailers – check out our previous winners for inspiration and our activity pack to find out how to get started.


Kick Start a New Writing Project

For the first time, we are encouraging teens to adapt a scene from one of the shortlisted books as a comic strip with our Graphic Novel Competition. This competition can act as a great creative writing project for your group, encouraging them to think about the structure of a story and how to break this down into the panels of a comic. In particular, using comics can be a great way to reach the more reluctant readers in your group.

If you don’t feel particularly confident using comics in the classroom, don’t let it stop you! We have an excellent blog series from Adam Murphy which should help to de-mystify comics, while our learning resource from Metaphrog breaks down the adaptation process.

Using comics can be a great way to reach the more reluctant readers in your group


Take it Online

If you’ve already got a book group and an idea for a project, why not document your Scottish Teenage Book Prize journey on social media? We love to see how you are participating, from photos of your displays to mini reviews of the books on Twitter and reading selfies of your book group. Make sure to use the hashtag #ScotTeenBookPrize so that we can keep up to date with what you are up to.


Find More Great Books

Chances are that once your pupils have finished reading the three shortlisted books, they have already read something that they might not have chosen themselves. That's great, but we want the impact of the prize on teen reading to continue after you’ve finished voting. This is why we have included links to our themed booklists in the learning resources which should help you keep the reading momentum going with your pupils.

We also asked the shortlisted authors themselves for their recommendations, and you can look forward to seeing those in a future video after the voting deadline on 17 February!


So there you have it – 7 different directions you can go in with The Scottish Teenage Book Prize. We hope that this has given you some inspiration to start a great new project with your pupils, and you should stay tuned for more blog posts over the coming weeks for even more ideas!

If you have any queries about the prize, or you want to let us know about how you are using the prize in your school or library, please email us at prizes@scottishbooktrust.com.