How You Can Use the Bookbug Picture Book Prize Across the Curriculum

Image of three young children with the shortlisted books and some novelty oversized pencils and paintbrushes

The Bookbug Picture Book Prize is a fantastic project for you and your pupils to take part in, and it's nice and simple too. Your pupils read the three shortlisted books (check out the author videos if you don't have copies), and you collect the votes and submit them online any time before 9 December 2017. Easy! And a lovely, rewarding experience that gives pupils the chance to form opinions about books and build awareness of their own preferences. They'll experience the excitement of being part of a national vote, and the announcement of the results always creates a buzz in schools across the country.

It doesn't have to end there, though. You can use the three books as part of a shared reading project, which has a proven track record of engaging reluctant older readers - see our blog post from earlier this month. You can also use the three books as the inspiration for lots of cross-curricular learning and fun in the classroom and library - and that's what this blog post is all about.

Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2017 learning resource cover page
Our #BookbugPrize Learning Resources

Every year I'm charged with producing a cross-curricular learning resource full of activities inspired by the three books. Creating resources is the best part of my job - as an ex-teacher, I'm still fascinated by teaching and learning and always trying to incorporate what I've learned into the resources I produce.

You can check out the resource here. The three books give you some fantastic opportunities for learning, and to support the Government's Read, Write, Count campaign we've tried to beef up the numeracy element of the resource. Here are some things you can do:

  • In Ross Collins' There's a Bear on my Chair, a smug polar bear is sitting on a chair that belongs to a little mouse, and try as he might the mouse just can't shift the big fella. You can do a story-building activity with pupils and get them to come up with their own ideas about how the mouse could get rid of the bear. You could also focus on the fact that one of the pair is very small and the other is huge - why not get your pupils to find out the heights of different animals and compare them? The resource points to lots of useful, age-appropriate websites to get you started.
  • In Alison Murray's Hare and Tortoise, the complacent Hare is beaten by Tortoise in a race after sprinting ahead and taking an ill-advised nap. You could get your pupils to design and build some trophies for the race winner. Or, why not plant and grow some carrots or lettuce if you have a school garden?
  • Nick Sharratt's Shark in the Park on a Windy Day is a goldmine of learning opportunities. You could ask pupils to design their own park, producing maps and tickets for attractions. There's also a great opportunity to talk about the seasons and how the park landscape changes throughout the year. You can incorporate Sciences as you investigate how water turns to ice. There are lots of things to count in the book too, like leaves and animals.

On the resource page, you'll also find three printable activities, one for each book. These are great if you're in a hurry!

CALL Scotland's symbol sheet resources
Resources for Additional Support Needs

Our wonderful partners at CALL Scotland produce ASN resources to support the Bookbug Picture Book Prize. You can get accessible copies of the books for pupils with print or motor difficulties, and you can also get your hands on free symbol sheet resources that help pupils with communication difficulties talk about the books, participate in activities and vote for their favourite.

Library Resources

You'll find these on the same page as the learning resource mentioned above. The quick printable activities for each book are great for busy librarians who have a class visiting and need some fun activities to do in a short space of time. We've also got a library game to help encourage parents and children to come visit the library and look around - this was produced to support the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag, but it can be used by anyone who wants to turn library exploration into a fun game.

We've also got Bookbug bunting on the way - watch the page for updates!

Stay Tuned for More Blog Posts

So far in our Bookbug Picture Book Prize blogs, we've introduced you to the shortlisted authors, discussed shared reading and now talked about our cross-curricular resources. Next, we'll be talking about how voting in the Bookbug Picture Book Prize can develop numeracy and citizenship skills. So keep watching our blog and subscribe to our Twitter feed and Primary e-newsletter to be kept up to date!


Top Image by Rob McDougall