SCBA: There ain't no party like an SCBA voting party!

SCBA voting in swing

It’s the final countdown; the voting deadline for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards is this Friday. We’ve had some lovely emails from teachers and librarians telling us what they’ve been up to during the SCBA process and how they plan on voting. Check out what's been happening at Clyde Valley High School.


The new kids on the block

 "I’ve always wanted to form a reading group and thought this was an excellent opportunity to do so as there’s a goal to work towards: a vote for your favourite."

The Clyde Valley Readers are a new reading group formed at Clyde Valley High School, Wishaw and this is their first time taking part in SCBA - so welcome on board! Marie McGough, the school librarian, decided that SCBA was the perfect opportunity to form a reading group and we're are delighted to hear what they have been up to.  

Sixteen S1 and S2 pupils read and voted for their favourite book. Yesterday, they held a voting party in their school library. During the months leading up to the voting party the Clyde Valley Readers read the three shortlisted titles, wrote reviews of the books and submitted these into the Review Competition. They were also delighted to receive a visit from one of the shortlisted authors, Gill Arbuthnott.

Gill and Clyde Valley pupils spent a lovely afternoon together on Monday 15 December. The visit was partly funded by Live Literature Funding and the pupils were were thoroughly entertained by Gill's stories and her enthusiasm for words and writing. Scotia Books provided copies of Darkspell, Winterbringers and Beneath for pupils to purchase which Gill signed whilst chatting to the group. 


 The Voting Party


For their voting party on Wednesday 4 February they had a polling booth and voting box set up so that the pupils could cast paper votes and then Marie uploaded the totals via their voting link later that afternoon. Before the votes were cast they had a leisurely lunch and some crisps, sweeties and cakes as celebratory treats. Three of the Clyde Valley Readers read an extract from each shortlisted book followed by a prize draw and three lucky winners won a copy of a new book.


There ain’t no stopping them now...

The reading group's activities have created quite the buzz in Clyde Valley High School. Maire explains, "I’ve had requests for the shortlisted books from friends of the Clyde Valley Readers, members of the reading group have raved about the books so much! Some of these friends also joined us for the Voting Lunch and have asked to join the reading group. They've also asked to be included in further SBT activities. So thank you to Scottish Book Trust for helping to engage Clyde Valley pupils with reading and for being a wonderful resource for this librarian.''


Some of their friends also joined us for the Voting Lunch and have asked to join the reading group. They've also asked to be included in further SBT activities!










Shucks. We look forward to hearing more about the wonderful Clyde Valley Reader’s reading antics, keep up the good work guys and happy reading!

We would love to hear what else everyone has been up to so please get in touch with photographs and stories and you can feature in our final blog, SCBA: What We Got Up To (coming soon!)

The new kids on the block have cast their votes. Have you? The voting deadline is Friday 6 February at 5pm. If you've registered to take part in the awards your voting link is waiting and ready for you. Want to know where? Click here