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RED Book Award

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The RED Book Award is run by the Learning Resource Service 

The shortlist for this year’s RED Book Award was:

Beneath by Gill Arbuthnot

Salvage by Keren David

Mind Blind by Lari Don

Inflicted by Ria Frances

All great books which had that important wow factor.

The RED award ceremony took place on 29/1/16 at the Falkirk Town Hall. 250 young people attended from every secondary school in Falkirk Council. Each school provides a creative interpretation of one of the shortlisted books. The authors enjoy watching their readers deliver their opinion of the books through powerpoint and drama. There was an opportunity for the young people to meet and talk to the authors at the signing table and during the question & answer session. During the ceremony groups of pupils acted as journalists, photographers and a media group interviewed authors and participants for their school radio broadcast and filmed the event. Everyone is encouraged to wear a red accessory which contributes to the fun and energy of the day. It was a wonderful event – a celebration of books and reading culminating in the opening of the red envelope to reveal he winner of the RED Book Award. The winner is Mind Blind by Lari Don.

This year we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the RED Book Award and to acknowledge this milestone, 10 schools across the world were invited to participate in the Book Award. Copies of the shortlisted books were sent to them and some Falkirk Council pupils were able to skype the young people in other countries to discuss the books. The countries taking part were Australia, China (2 schools), Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, South Africa, Switzerland and Turkey.

A quilt, featuring all previous RED winners and material from the countries who took part, was made by Anne Ngabia, school librarian at Grangemouth High School, and will act as a fabulous legacy for the RED Book Award.




Book Week Scotland 2015


Book Week Scotland runs from 23rd – 29th November. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate books and reading. Visit Scottish Book Trust’s website to find out what is happening during this week, to find out how you can contribute and to get ideas to make reading irresistible for your children. The Learning Resource Service will be leading events throughout the week in a variety of places including nurseries, schools and Polmont Young Offenders Institute. Let the Learning Resource Service, lrs@falkirk.gov.uk know what you are doing to celebrate Book Week Scotland.


School Librarians support literacy

Education Scotland gave a presentation at the CILIPS Autumn Gathering (an annual conference for librarians and information professionals across Scotland). They discussed the key messages from the Education Scotland 3-18 Literacy Review and Literacy Across Learning. School librarians considered the following reflective questions:
– How are you using a wide variety of texts to promote reading?
– What activities are you involved with to help promote a reading culture?
The responses from the school libraries can be found here.

Happy National Poetry Day – 8th October 2015!

Did you say it’s made of waves? Light by Margaret Tait

The theme for National Poetry Day 2015 is ‘Light’. There are resources for schools on the Scottish Poetry Library website. They have produced poem cards, posters and learning resources to support use of the poems in schools. There is also biographical information about the poets.

Children and young people love poems and poetry helps to improve literacy. Don’t forget to have a look at the excellent Scotshoose website which includes poems in Scots.

 The Scottish Poetry Library are keen to hear how schools across Scotland celebrate National Poetry Day and use the resources. They’re also very happy to feature schools’ plans and photos on their website to help promote schools’ projects. If you have something to share, please email Learning Manager Georgi Gill (georgi.gill@spl.org.uk).

 The Learning Resource Service has a broad range of resources to support poetry in your classroom.