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Announcing the winner: Learning Professional Award 2024

We are delighted to announce that Renfrewshire classroom assistant Lorraine McAdam has won Scottish Book Trust's Learning Professional Award 2024!


Classroom assistant Lorraine McAdam has not only transformed the reading culture at St Anne's Primary School but has, over the last 25 years, become a beloved figure in both the school and the local community for her dedicated support of every child to find pleasure in reading. As well as going above and beyond to create unique child-led reading spaces, forge productive links with the local community and deliver successful book-gifting events, Lorraine sparkles with compassion, connection, and joy – reminding the pupils every day of their skills and talents, and how glad she is that they are a part of their school community.

The Learning Professional Award, now in its eighth year, is a national award that recognises the hard work learning professionals do to bring the magic of reading to young people. The winner receives a prize of £500 worth of books from the award's sponsor, Browns Books.

Statement from winner Lorraine McAdam

Statement from class teacher Fiona Stevenson

Statement from Scottish Book Trust CEO Marc Lambert

Statement from Browns Books Sales Director Claire Smith

Highly commended

This year, Scottish Book Trust would like to recognise an additional individual who has gone above and beyond to bring the joy of books and reading to the young people of Scotland.

Stephen Leitch, school librarian at Keith Grammar School and Buckie High School

Stephen Leitch works as a school librarian across two high schools, as well as a number of cluster primary schools. Stephen was nominated for this award for his devotion to the development of reading and literacy amongst young people. As well as having a great knowledge of contemporary children's books and an uncanny ability to give the perfect recommendation, Stephen holds that rare and special ability to connect with each and every pupil that he works with. Stephen's hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm continue to have a lasting impact on the young people of Moray, inspiring them to see themselves as readers and transforming attitudes towards books and literacy. Here's what one of his pupils had to say:

I go regularly to the school library.  Mr Leitch is funny, kind and helpful.  This means I have someone I can talk to when I don’t know what to do.  It is a place where you feel safe.  Mr Leitch shows me where to find the books I am interested in and suggests new ones to read.  There are often events in the library by Mr Leitch.  He’s a pretty cool dude!

- S2 pupil

Browns Books

Scottish Book Trust would like to thank Browns Books(this link will open in a new window) who sponsor the Learning Professional Award. Browns Books is the UK's leading supplier of books, eBooks and DVDs for schools, colleges, universities and businesses.