SCBA checklist: 5 things you need to do

Every year tens of thousands of Scottish pupils make their voices heard by voting in the Scottish Children’s Book Awards. Besides reading the shortlist and voting, taking part in SCBA can offer lots more opportunities for fun and meaningful learning experiences. Whatever your goals, there’s an aspect of SCBA which can give you the platform you need. See below for the great range of things you can do!

Run a Shared Reading project

If you have a class with reluctant readers, Shared Reading is a great way to give them a new perspective on books. It simply involves older pupils reading aloud to younger ones, and gives older pupils a sense of real responsibility as they help a younger child discover the joy of books. Taking part in SCBA gives you the ideal opportunity to run a Shared Reading project, as the three books on the Bookbug shortlist are given out to every P1 pupil in Scotland. Check out our Shared Reading page for more information and resources.

Enter the review competition

Every year we run a competition for pupils to write a review of one of the books on the shortlist for their age group. It’s a great way to get them thinking actively about their reasons for voting, and there are author visits and book tokens up for grabs for the winners! You can find out more about the review competition by downloading our Information Pack on the ‘Get Involved’ page. Be sure to check out the learning resources for review writing help (see below!).

Make a book trailer and enter the book trailer competition

Book trailers are a wonderful educational tool and are great fun to produce! This year, for the first time, we’re running a book trailer competition, where pupils of any age can produce a trailer for any one of the nine shortlisted books. Check out the book trailer competition page for more details. Supporting resources include a full scheme of work with printable worksheets and a series of masterclass videos taking you through the book trailer creation process step by step.

Watch the author videos

Whether you choose to watch these before or after reading the books, the videos are a great way to introduce your pupils to the shortlisted authors. The Bookbug videos feature the authors reading from their books in their entirety, while the videos in the older categories give a fun insight into the world of each writer. This year’s videos include a tea party with Debi Gliori, time travelling with Janis MacKay and (ahem) Barry Hutchison’s action figures fighting to the death.

Download the learning resources

The learning resources are a great way to get ideas for fun, cross-curricular activities to make SCBA a part of your delivery of CFE in the classroom, and they’re also a great way to get ideas for running different types of book groups. CFE outcomes are documented throughout to save you a bit of time!

However you choose to bring #scba13 into your classroom, we hope you have fun helping pupils discover exciting new Scottish books – feel free to drop us a line to tell us what you’ve been up to.