SCBA: Tick Voting Off Your List

As our Scottish Children’s Book Awards Voting Deadline approaches on Friday 5 February 2016, it’s time to get voting, if you haven’t done so already. At the bottom of this page, we’ve got a handy step-by-step guide for submitting your votes online.

Firstly, to get you inspired to vote, here are a few ways you can collect your votes that are a bit more creative than the traditional show of hands. All of these ideas have been inspired by schools who got in touch by email or on twitter. Please do the same if you get inspired to do your vote in a creative way!


Bookbug Category

Why not use voting as an opportunity to practice your counting skills? This is an easy way to link literacy and numeracy in the classroom, as demonstrated by Bantaskin Primary School in Falkirk, which recorded its votes using tally marks. Check out their handiwork here:


Younger Readers Category

Your opinions on the shortlisted books are valuable and interesting, so why not display them to show the rest of the school how you have enjoyed participating once you have voted? This is exactly what Pirniehall Primary School in Edinburgh are doing with their comments wall, which includes the pupils’ opinions and ratings of the shortlist.  If your pupils are participating in the review competition, you can create the display from these too!


Older Readers Category

Voting for books from the shortlist is an excellent opportunity to learn more about voting and elections. This can include everything from using ballot papers and ballot boxes like Elgin Academy to holding a debate about the merits of the different books.

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking about how to make voting more creative, but the possibilities are endless. Let us know what you come up with.

Happy Voting! Please remember to vote by Friday 5 February 5pm. Read on for a reminder on how to submit your votes.


Guide to submitting votes online

  1. On the SBT website, click on Log in, which is in the top right hand corner of the screen
  2. Enter the email address which you used to register to vote in this year’s Scottish Children’s Book Awards and your password. If you don’t remember your password, simply click the ‘Forgotten password’ link. You will then receive an email with a link to get into your account and create a new password
  3. You should now be at your account page. Click on the projects tab above your name to see all of the great projects you have been involved with through Scottish Book Trust. At the top of the list, you should see your voting link for the 2016 Scottish Children’s Book Awards
  4. Click on this link and fill in the number of votes for each book, then click Submit votes to help decide this year’s winner!

Please get in touch if you have any queries about voting. Contact Sarah Mallon on 0131 524 0174 or