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We offer lots of fully-funded events and resources that help learning professionals and schools throughout Scotland engage with our programmes.
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Bring the magic of books and reading to your school – become a Reading School this year! The program provides practical resources, friendly support and a variety of accreditation levels designed to help you succeed and celebrate reading for pleasure in your school.
Explore our resources and apply now at readingschools.scot
First Minister's Reading Challenge
Kickstart the reading journeys of individual classes, groups and pupils with the First Minister's Reading Challenge. Spark a love of reading with fun learning activities, author events and the chance to win a national award.
Register your class and get involved at readingchallenge.scot
Through Live Literature part–funded sessions we contribute over half the fees to run in-person and remote author sessions and events. Applications for funding are now open for sessions taking place before 31 March 2024.
Apply for Live Literature funding
Young Scots Writer o the Year Award 2023 (Closing date: 21 June)
Enter with stories, poems, spoken word pieces, comics, videos or other pieces of writing – we want to see it all, as long as it's in Scots and under 2500 words or up to ten minutes. Suitable for pupils ages 11–18.
Find out more about the Young Scots Writer o the Year Award
12 June: The First Minister's Reading Challenge Celebration 2023
The First Minister's Reading Challenge Celebration 2023 will take place on Monday 12 June in Glasgow, with exciting reading activities and a fantastic programme of live author events, brilliant reading activities and a celebration marketplace to showcase reading journeys throughout the year. The invitation is open for all registered organisations to come along and join the party!
Date: Monday 12 June 2023 Time: 10–1pm Age range: P1–7
Registrations are now closed.
17–21 July: Sensory Stories Summer Roadshow
Scottish ASN settings open over the summer holidays can apply for fully–funded, in–person author events.
The week features four incredibly talented, creative authors and storytellers who will visit your setting and hold sessions that are tailored to the specific needs of your group. The authors will engage with the children through sensory storytelling or using props, music, and movement to create a truly immersive experience.
Monday 17 July: Gerry Durkin
Tuesday 18 July: Renita Boyle
Wednesday 19 July: Anna Lehr
Friday 21 July: Joanne Marr
7 September: Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour: Virtual Event with Fiona Lumbers
Join Fiona Lumbers for an exciting virtual event from the comfort of your classroom. Fiona will interactively share her latest stunning picture book Ghost Orchid , a story that encourages readers to notice the small things that make life magical. She'll lead a drawing activity and answer questions from schools in a moderated Q&A. The event will last approximately 45 minutes.
Platform: Microsoft Teams
Audience: Age 5–9
Deadline to register: Wednesday 6 September
11–16 September: Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour: In–person with Fiona Lumbers
Bring much-loved author Fiona Lumbers (Clem and Crab, Grandpa's Gift) and illustrator (Luna Loves. . ., The Secret Sky Garden) who has been drawing on everything and anything since she was small. During her visit to your school, Fiona will share her latest stunning picture book, Ghost Orchid, all about learning to notice the small things that make life magical, and valuing the journey just as much as the destination.
When: 11–16 September 2023
Who: Primary schools
Where: Your school (Midlothian, Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway)
Cost: Fully funded
Audience: P1–4. Audiences of all sizes will be considered.
Deadline to register: Friday 16 June 2023