Get Reading During Book Week Scotland!

Children sharing a book

It's almost Book Week Scotland! Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading for everyone in the country, and there are lots of ways that your pupils can join in the book party. Here are just a few quick ideas to help you build your school’s reading culture and make reading fun for pupils and teachers alike!

Hold a reading lunch

On Thursday 30 November, schools, businesses and individuals across Scotland will down tools to pick up a book – and a sandwich! Holding a >Reading Lunch can be as simple as just encouraging everyone in the dinner hall to read while they’re having their lunch, or you could make more of an event of it and hold a Read Write Count or Bookbug gifting party for the pupils and families receiving their bags during Book Week Scotland. You could always theme the event if you want to get really creative, and hold a Mad Hatter's Tea Party!

Give everyone who attends the lunch a reading lanyard that says “Ask Me What I’m Reading” to encourage everyone, from pupils to parents, to talk about the books they’re enjoying during the week.

Hold a reading treasure hunt

Find the book cover treasure by setting up a reading treasure hunt in your school or playground. Log into the Reading Challenge website and download our treasure hunt guide and clues for both upper and lower primary to get you started.  

Have an online book festival

Bring books to life in your classroom with Scottish Book Trust's Authors Live on demand. There are over 50 videos of authors from Julia Donaldson to Jacqueline Wilson. There are resources and activity suggestions for each event, and more ideas about how to use them in our Creating a Reading Culture resource.

We dare you!

Have your pupils set themselves a personal Book Week Scotland Reading Challenge with our Reading Dares! From reading a spooky story at night time to reading instead of watching TV, there’s a dare for everyone in our resource.

Send us your book lists

Get pupils to discuss their favourite books and then put together a list of their favourites to inspire other schools, like Thornton Primary did! Send your lists to and we’ll feature them on the blog!

These are just a few of the ways that you can celebrate – for more ideas, why not read the posts Planning for a Celebration of Reading and Planning a Week of Reading Activities or log into the Reading Challenge website to view our resources on Creating a Reading Culture for lower primary, upper primary and the whole school. Remember that you can use your experiences during the week when you enter the First Minister’s Reading Challenge too, and we'd love to see pictures of what you get up to at @FMReadChallenge.

Happy reading!

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