Here at Scottish Book Trust, we know how important teachers and learning professionals are in helping children and young people develop a love of reading. That's why we run #ChildrensBookChat, a regular Twitter chat to share recommendations for children of all ages and help get books in readers' hands. There are so many exciting new books out there, it can be hard to know where to start and which books are worth your time. #ChildrensBookChat is a fantastic resource which helps you stay up to date with new releases quickly and easily!
Once a term we share new books with you, and top tips and ideas for sharing the books with your pupils. You can join by following @ScottishBkTrust on Twitter(this will open in a new window), and using the hashtag #ChildrensBookChat. We tweet short videos about the books we've read and loved, share links to resources and ideas you can use in the classroom, and give away copies of the books featured.
The next #ChildrensBookChat will take place on 3 February at 8pm. We will share recommendations of books perfect for outdoor learning, and get you enthused about taking reading outdoors this spring!
Join in with #ChildrensBookChat
Meet the experts
#ChildrensBookChat is run by Hannah Sycamore, Sarah Mallon and Emma Dunn. Hannah and Sarah work on Scottish Book Trust programmes such as Authors Live(this will open in a new window), First Minister's Reading Challenge(this will open in a new window), and Read, Write, Count(this will open in a new window), working closely with teachers and creating learning resources to bring books to life in the classroom. Emma works as part of our Early Years team to deliver the fantastic Bookbug (this will open in a new window)programme. All three also review children's books for The Scotsman, so they are always up to date on the latest books for children and teenagers.
The research behind #ChildrensBookChat
Reading for pleasure can have a tangible impact on closing the attainment gap, as shown in research by Professor Sue Ellis(this will open in a new window). Learning professionals need a wide and varied knowledge of children’s books to be able to support their pupils and allow them to access the benefits for attainment, wellbeing, enjoyment, and a host of other outcomes. We also know that teachers have a lot on their plate and many demands on their time. Keeping up to date with what is new in children’s literature can be a real challenge, and we hope that #ChildrensBookChat will help teachers feel more confident reading and recommending new releases in class.
Recent research(this will open in a new window) from The Open University’s Reading Rich Pedagogies programme(this will open in a new window) has shown that teacher knowledge of contemporary children’s books is very important to young people’s reading lives and fostering reading for pleasure. Using contemporary books in the classroom allows children to see themselves on the page and to read about a wide variety of experiences. At Scottish Book Trust, sharing new books with children has allowed us to see first-hand the unique benefits reading brings. Contemporary children’s books discuss relatable and important topics which speak to children’s individual experiences.