The Scottish Children’s Book Awards are about to undergo a bit of an exciting restructure, with the creation of brand new reading initiatives intended to inspire even more children across Scotland to get into reading.
In March 2016 the Scottish Government announced a new reading initiative for P4-7 – The First Minister’s Reading Challenge – to be delivered by Scottish Book Trust in partnership with the Government. It will be launched in August, and will encourage pupils in P4-7 classes across Scotland to read for pleasure.
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To allow schools to embrace the first year of this new project fully, The Scottish Children’s Book Awards will be replaced by two new prizes, The Bookbug Picture Book Prize and The Scottish Teenage Book Prize. Scottish Book Trust will no longer run a book award for 8-11 fiction as this age group is covered by The First Minister’s Reading Challenge.
The Bookbug Picture Book Prize will be for children in nursery, Primary 1, Primary 2 and Primary 3. There will be three picture books by Scottish authors on the shortlist – pupils will be encouraged to read the three books and then vote for their favourite. In addition, every P1 child in Scotland will receive the three books in the Bookbug P1 Family Bag, gifted in November. There will also be a continued focus on involving P4-7 pupils in a shared reading project with younger pupils.
The First Minister’s Reading Challenge will initially be for Primary 4, 5, 6 and 7 pupils. Pupils will set personal reading goals to achieve by March 2017 and reading journals will be distributed to all schools in the Autumn term. A new website will be unveiled in August with support materials and a list of suggested book titles, to provide inspiration for pupils and teachers alike. A range of prizes will be awarded next summer to pupils and schools taking part in the challenge.
The Scottish Teenage Book Prize will be aimed at pupils in S1 right through to S6 and will include a shortlist of three Scottish teen novels – pupils will be encouraged to read the three books and then vote for their favourite. In addition there will be a Book Trailer competition and CfE-linked learning resources with activities suitable for book groups.
For more information, visit http://scottishbooktrust.com/learning/teachers-librarians/what-to-expect-in-1617-for-schools
The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups.