Celebrating Book Week Scotland 2019

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If you're taking part in the Reading Challenge, make sure you mark your calendars for 18-24 November - it's Book Week Scotland and we can't wait to celebrate books and reading with you! There are so many ways to take part in Scotland's national celebration of books, so if you don’t have plans yet, check out our ideas below.

Receive a book prescription

We are kicking off the week with a personalised book prescription service on Twitter with book experts @FMReadChallenge. Whether you have a group of football-mad 10-year-olds who are looking for a team read, or you need a gripping class novel for S1 which will spur great conversations, we can help you find the perfect book. Simply tweet us your query #PrescribeMeABook between now and the start of Book Week Scotland. We'll answer as many as we can on Monday 24 November!

Watch a BBC Authors Live broadcast

If your class are #BBCAuthorsLive fans, you will be very pleased to hear that we have two fantastic live broadcasts in store for Book Week Scotland:

  • On Tuesday, secondary schools can tune in to mark International Men’s Day with Nikesh Shukla. This engaging event will cover mental health, racism and the power of sport.
  • On Thursday, we celebrate the Year of Indigenous Languages and 20 years of The Gruffalo with Authors Live: The Gruffalo in Scots and Gaelic. Featuring readings from James Robertson and Catriona Lexy Campbell, this is a great opportunity to learn some new Scots and Gaelic words! 

If the live broadcasts don’t suit your class, remember you can watch any previous Authors Live broadcast whenever you want. Check out Authors Live On Demand to choose the perfect event for your group or pick a few to create your own book festival.

Plan a gifting party

If you teach P1, 2 or 3, Book Week Scotland is the perfect opportunity to organise a gifting party for your Bookbug and Read, Write, Count bags! Our evaluation consistently shows that the bags are used more enthusiastically and for longer if shared with families at an event, so make sure you pencil one into your school calendar.

There are plenty of resources to help you organise a party to remember on the Scottish Book Trust website, from gifting case studies to worksheets and class projects. Remember to share your photos on social media using the hashtag #ReadWriteCount!

Refresh your book shelf

On Friday, you can get involved in the Big Book Swap! The idea is simple: everyone brings in a book to swap and donates £1 to Scottish Book Trust to help us change lives with books and reading. Anyone can get involved; you could host a book swap for one class, the whole school, parents and carers or even your staff team. It’s completely up to you. If you sign up to take part, you'll get a digital fundraising pack with posters and invitation templates to help spread the word.

Go digital

Watching Authors Live isn’t the only way to go digital during Book Week Scotland…

Our filmmaking resource pack, created with Into Film Scotland, is full of activities from creating a book trailer to using stop motion animation to share a reading journey. Get started now and you could even host a premiere event during Book Week Scotland to show off your class films.

If you work with teenagers, you should also keep an eye out for our brand new Bookzilla learning resource which will be launched during Book Week Scotland. It will be packed with ideas to help you use the app in school to its full potential – we can’t wait to share it with you.


These are just a few ways you can celebrate Book Week Scotland this year – there are so many more. Browse our resources section for activities galore, or check out our case studies for more inspiration - literary nibbles at Dunfermline High or the book bistro at St Andrew's and St Bride's High are particularly creative examples that we love.

Whatever you get up to, make sure you shout about it on Twitter using the #BookWeekScotland hashtag.

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