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Find your next classroom read with #ChildrensBookChat

Discover #ChildrensBookChat, Scottish Book Trust's Twitter chat for teachers

Language: English
Genre: Literature, Poetry
Age group: 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14

Last updated: 11 May 2022

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!

Get involved

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 Wednesday 8 June 2022 at 8pm, and the theme will be empathy! We'll be sharing books for children and teens that are perfect for Empathy Day(this will open in a new window), as well as answering questions and giving personalised recommendations.

Join in with #ChildrensBookChat

Meet the experts

#ChildrensBookChat is run by members of the Early Years and Schools teams at Scottish Book Trust, who work across programmes including Authors Live, the First Minister's Reading Challenge, Reading Schools, Bookbug and more.

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.