First Minister's Reading Challenge

 

It's time to submit your responses to the First Minister's Reading Challenge! Tell us what you did by 3 May for a chance to win prizes! Visit readingchallenge.scot to submit.


To register for the First Minister's Reading Challenge, please visit the Reading Challenge website

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Scottish Book Trust, on behalf of the Scottish Government, is delivering an exciting new reading initiative for children in Primary 4 – 7: The First Minister’s Reading Challenge.

We believe that reading has the power to change lives, and developing a love of reading in childhood can have a huge impact on educational attainment and future wellbeing. The First Minister wants to make sure every child in Scotland has an equal opportunity to experience the huge benefits that reading for pleasure brings.

The First Minister’s Reading Challenge aims to build on the work already taking place in schools across the country to encourage children to read widely, explore a range of books and develop a love of reading. The main focus of the Challenge is to encourage reading for pleasure and support schools, libraries and communities to build reading cultures.

Children in P4-P7 in every school in Scotland are invited to take part in the Challenge. On the new Reading Challenge website, schools can order Reading Passports that pupils can use to log their reading journeys. They can also register classes to take part in the challenges and find book suggestions, learning resources and ideas to encourage young people to develop a love of reading.

There will be a range of prizes awarded in June 2017 for schools and pupils to celebrate their reading journeys. The Challenge will also give the opportunity for every child’s personal achievements to be recognised by their teachers and librarians.

We also have a new project named Inspiring Classrooms, which has been created by the First Minister’s Reading Challenge to help schools build and sustain a reading culture. Schools can apply to Inspiring Classrooms to receive a small grant for a project of their choice. This includes an author visit and books for Primary 4 – 7 children taking part. The deadline for this is 18 November 2016 and you can download your application form once you are registered.

Visit readingchallenge.scot for more information and to start your reading journeys!

 

 

The Advisory Group

An advisory group has come together to help us shape and deliver the challenge and make sure we reach as many children as possible. The group members have been specially chosen for their skills and experience and come from a wide range of roles in publishing, education, libraries and bookselling in Scotland.

Advisory group members are:

Hugh Andrew Birlinn Ltd
Caitlyn Bannatyne Graphic Novelist
Lindsey Barley Community Reading Projects
Kevin Brack Brunstane Primary School
Derek Brown Association of Directors of Education (Fife Council)
Angie Crawford Waterstones
John Doherty Larbert High School
Helen Fairlie Education Scotland
Lindsay Fraser Fraser Ross Associates
Lucy Juckes Chair
Margaret Leitch National Parent Forum of Scotland
Catriona MacKenzie Scottish Government
James Robertson Writer
Pamela Tulloch Scottish Library and Information Council
Rosemary Ward Gaelic Books Council

Advisory Group Meetings

The advisory group has a meeting schedule and minutes from their meetings are available to read here.

Advisory Group minutes - 25 April 2016

Advisory Group minutes - 23 May 2016

Advisory Group Minutes - 20 June 2016

 

Books

The Reading Challenge website features book suggestions to inspire young people to start their reading journey.

Remember, through your local library, you can access a wide range of free books in all sorts of formats as well as advice and recommendations from library staff. Find your nearest library here.


Prizes

There will be a range of prizes awarded in June 2017 for schools and pupils to celebrate their reading journeys. The Challenge will also give the opportunity for every child’s personal achievements to be recognised by their teachers and librarians.

 

Reading Challenge updates

If you would like any more information on the Reading Challenge or how to sign up, please complete the form below. Fields marked with a * symbol are required.  if you are not attached to a school, please feel free to still sign up, but in that box just let us know what your interest is. 

 

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You can also email us at readingchallenge@scottishbooktrust.com