Bookzilla is Scottish Book Trust's free app for early secondary school students in Scotland, designed by and with teenagers. The app encourages pupils to read for pleasure, whether they are already regular readers or just embarking on their reading journey, including book recommendations, ratings and reading dares.
This resource includes ideas for using the app in school, including activities to use in school library sessions, class time and book group meetings.
This resource outlines how focusing on reading for pleasure with the First Minister’s Reading Challenge can help you achieve your aims as a school, from raising attainment to improving pupils’ health and wellbeing.
You can also watch our video below announcing the 2021 First Minister's Reading Challenge winners for more inspiration.
This resource pack was created in partnership with Into Film to help you make connections between reading for pleasure and film-making.
Part 1 of this resource guides you through a number of creative ways to respond to what you are reading using film, from book review videos to book trailers. Part 2 gives you great tips on how to illustrate your reading journey through film, which is particularly useful if you are submitting an entry to one of the challenges at the end of the year and would like to do so through a video.
Case studies and inspiration
Our blog is full of ideas about building a reading culture and encouraging young people to read for pleasure, with case studies from participants, book suggestions and more!
Fewer books, more engagement with Carmuirs Primary School
Mary Jalland, Primary 1 teacher at Carmuirs Primary School in Falkirk, writes about her innovative approach to engaging younger readers with books by offering a curated, smaller choice of titles.
Welcome back to the Reading Challenge
We can’t believe it’s October already and we’re into another year of the First Minister's Reading Challenge! We’ve been delighted to see so many of you register for this year’s challenge already.