Shared Reading

Alongside The Bookbug Picture Book Prize, Scottish Book Trust will be running a funded Shared Reading project in five local authorities across Scotland. Even if your school is not involved in the funded Shared Reading scheme, you can still run shared reading with your pupils to help them get the most out of the Bookbug Picture Book Prize.


What is Shared Reading?

The core idea of Shared Reading is older pupils, either upper primary or secondary pupils, sharing the three shortlisted picture books in The Bookbug Picture Book Prize with younger pupils in P1/2. In the past, older pupils have not only read the three shortlisted books to their P1/P2 buddies but also designed and led craft and drama activities to help bring the books to life.

Shared Reading is a fantastic way to inspire a love of reading in your younger pupils, increase confidence and a sense of responsibility in older readers, and build meaningful relationships between children at different stages within the school.



shortlisted books

Shared Reading Resources

Drama Activities Resource

BPBP resources and videos


Shared Reading in Primary School

Shared Reading is ideal for less confident readers in upper primary school. For reluctant readers, sharing books with younger pupils can increase their confidence and improve literacy skills as well as promoting reading for pleasure. For some inspiration on running shared reading with you pupils, take a look at this blog from Craigdhu Primary School.


Shared Reading in Secondary School

A shared reading partnership between a secondary school and its cluster primary schools is an ideal way of building relationships with the primaries and nurseries in the cluster.

Pupils from Kincorth Academy and Abbotswell Nursery in Aberdeen paired up to share stories and enjoy picture books together. In this blog, Alan Clark, Library Resource Centre Coordinator at Kincorth Academy, describes how the Shared Reading project really took off, involving all S1 pupils and leading to a very special World Book Day performance. 

In this video, S1 pupils at St John’s RC High School describe their experience of taking part in shared reading and how reading to primary pupils increased their confidence and changed their own attitudes towards reading for pleasure.


Shared Reading with ESL pupils

Taking part in shared reading can have a positive impact on both older and younger pupils whose first language is not English. Take a look at this video of pupils from St Johns RC High School in Dundee sharing dual-language picture books with a nursery class from Woodlea Children's Centre.


Get in touch!

We are keen to hear from teachers and librarians who are using the Bookbug Picture Book Prize to inspire a love of reading in their pupils. If you are running a shared reading project in your school, we would love to hear from you! Please contact . 


Supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery

Scottish Book Trust has been awarded £20,000 from People’s Postcode Trust to run the Shared Reading programme. People’s Postcode Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.