We Dare You to Have Fun With Reading!

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Are you taking part in Book Week Scotland? As part of your First Minister’s Reading Challenge journey, get excited about reading and join in with the fun this November!

Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration where people of all ages and walks of life will come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading. They will be joined in this celebration by Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators in a packed programme of events and projects.

This is an ideal opportunity to do something special, build on your reading culture and tell us all about it for the First Minister’s Reading Challenge. We have a wealth of resources and suggestions for bringing Book Week Scotland to life in your school and community, so now is the time to get planning!

For Book Week Scotland, Scottish Book Trust is introducing a campaign to encourage individuals to sign up for a Reading Dare and to dare friends, family and colleagues to take on their own challenge. This links in perfectly with the idea of children setting their own personal challenges and taking ownership over their reading journeys for the First Minister’s Reading Challenge. We have a specific Reading Dare resource for the classroom which you can, of course, use throughout the Reading Challenge. This can be found in the resources section of our website.

And what’s more, encourage your pupils to send in their most inventive dares, surprising scenarios and proudest successes as part of our Twitter competition!

Celebrating Book Week doesn’t need to stop there! Holding your own school or community event is a fantastic way to get everyone reading and there are some great ‘pick up and go’ ideas out there. Find inspiration for giving reading a high profile and celebrating it in our Building a Reading Culture in the Classroom, School and Community in the resources section of our website. Inspire your community by arranging a reading flashmob or get your school excited about reading by holding a virtual book festival and tuning in to our Authors Live broadcast from best-selling author Lauren Child on Thursday 24 November.

However you choose to celebrate Book Week Scotland, make sure you have a reading riot and remember that you can use your experiences to enter the First Minister’s Reading Challenge too. Even if you’re not taking part in the Challenge, Book Week Scotland is a fantastic celebration to get involved with and promote in your school and community. Happy reading everyone!


Jen Harwood is the Outreach Coordinator at Scottish Book Trust for the First Minister’s Reading Challenge and prior to that, was a primary school teacher. If you would like to be featured in a blog post about what you have been doing to encourage reading for pleasure, contact Jen at Jennifer.Harwood@scottishbooktrust.com.

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