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St Andrews Celebrations – Scots Storytelling in Shetlandic

small-scots-storytellingJoin us on Tuesday 29th November at 2pm as part of our St Andrew’s Day celebrations for an opportunity to hear Edinburgh’s Makar read from two translated books.

Christine De Luca currently holds the post of Edinburgh’s Makar (poet laureate). She grew up in Walls, Shetland, but has long been resident in Edinburgh. She writes in both English and Shetlandic, her native tongue. She has published six collections of poetry and one novel, and has been the recipient of many awards and prizes for her work. She is one of the founders of Hansel Co-operative Press which was established to promote literary and artistic work in Shetland and Orkney. In 2008 She has translated Roald Dahl’s novel George’s Marvellous Medicine into Shetlandic as Dodie’s Phenomenal Pheesic.

Join us live in Glow TV to her Christina reading ‘The Gruffalo’s Bairn’ and ‘Da Trow’.
Sign up and register to take part live – St Andrew’s Celebrations – Scots Storytelling.

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

FAVOURITE SCOTTISH CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF 2016 REVEALED (3-7 age group)

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Midlothian-based author Simon Puttock, who lives in Newtongrange won the Bookbug Reader’s (3-7 yrs) category for his picture book Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School, illustrated by Ali Pye. Published by Nosy Crow, the book follows Mouse on her first day at Miss Moon’s Moonlight School for all the small creatures of the night, but she is very shy, too shy to even say hello. Luckily, with help from Miss Moon and her new friends Bat, Cat and Owl, a game of hide-and-seek makes Mouse feel right at home.

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Simon is no stranger to the Scottish Children’s Book Awards, having won a 2006 Award for Little Lost Cowboy, and appearing on both the 2008 and 2010 shortlists. Born in New Zealand, he travelled all over the world with his family as a child. He wanted to be a vet when he was little, but grew up to become a bookseller. He was particularly interested in children’s books and was chosen to be a Children’s Whitbread judge. He has since become a full-time writer, creating over 30 children’s books.

Commenting on his win, Simon said:

“What does it mean to me to win the award? Apart from it meaning me being enormously (but happily) surprised, it means being able to take huge pleasure in the fact that Ali’s and my book is out there, having an unpredictable but entirely satisfactory life of its own. What more could we wish for?”

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Have you read the story to children? What interests them in the story? How do you make the story come alive? Tell via Twitter or share your ideas via Glow Early Learn

Scottish Book Trust Announces 2016/17 Bookbug Bag Books

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Scottish Book Trust is pleased to announce the books chosen for the 2016/17 Bookbug Bags.

The books to be distributed free to every baby, toddler and 3-year-old in Scotland between Spring 2016 and Spring 2017, are as follows:

Bookbug Baby Bag
• One, two, three…Run! by Carol Thomson (Child’s Play)
• Happy Baby Playtime by Toby Reynolds and Paul Calver (Hachette)
• Peekaboo Farm by Emily Bolam (MacMillan)

Bookbug Toddler Bag
• Pants! by Giles Andreae and Nick Sharratt (Random House)
• Say Hello Like This! by Mary Murphy (Walker Books)
• Flip and Find Builders by Samantha Meredith (Campbell Books – MacMillan)

In 2015, Scottish Book Trust and Live Music Now Scotland came together to provide 10 weekly music sessions at an Early Years Centre in Edinburgh and have created a new CD of music, songs and rhymes. This CD and an egg shaker will now be distributed in the Bookbug Toddler Bag. You can read more about this here.

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Bookbug Explorer Bag
• Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson (Walker Books)
• The Disgusting Sandwich by Gareth Edwards and Hannah Shaw (Scholastic, UK)
• Goodnight Tractor by Michelle Robinson and Nick East (Penguin)

The bags gifted to 3-year-olds at nursery, formerly Pirate themed, are now called Explorer bags. This change will come into effect in March 2016.

Catriona Wallace, Head of Early Years at Scottish Book Trust said:
We are very excited to announce the new titles for this year’s Bookbug Bags. Our expert panel has carefully selected books by fantastic authors and illustrators and we hope that mums, dads and carers will enjoy sharing these stories with their children. Bookbug bags are a fun way to introduce your babies and toddlers to stories, songs and rhymes, and boost their language and listening skills.”

Bookbug is Scotland’s national book gifting programme, gifting books to every baby, toddler, 3 and 5-year-old in Scotland in four free Bookbug bags:
• Baby Bag (gifted by a health visitor to every baby)
• Toddler Bag (gifted by a health visitor to every toddler)
• Explorer Bag (gifted at nursery to every 3-year-old)
• Primary 1 Family Bag (gifted at school to every P1 pupil)

The Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag for 2016/17 will include free copies of the three shortlisted books from the Bookbug category of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards, which will be announced in September 2016. These bags will be distributed to Primary 1 children during Book Week Scotland in late November.

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For more information go to the Scottish Book Trust website.

Scottish Book Trust: Every Toddler in Scotland to Receive Free Song and Rhyme CD

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Bookbug, Scotland’s national book gifting programme, has today (24 February 2016) unveiled a brand new music CD which will be given out free to every toddler in Scotland.

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Featuring a collection of traditional and contemporary songs and rhymes, including a special bonus track from Dolly Parton’s “I Believe in You” Imagination Library album, the CD will be gifted by health visitors directly to parents in the Bookbug Toddler Bag.

The collection of music was put together by a variety of talented musicians and singers and young children. Working in partnership with Live Music Now Scotland and with funding from Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative, Scottish Book Trust invited musician, Marianne Fraser to undertake a music residency at the Fort Early Years Centre in Leith. The findings of this residency were then used to inform the development of the new CD.

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People said:
“Improving literacy in our children and young people is a key priority for this Government and we know that learning begins long before school. That’s why we are investing in initiatives like Bookbug which encourages parents to play a part in their child’s learning through fun activities like reading and singing. This helps a child’s development and can give them the skills and abilities that will make it easier for them to keep learning as they grow. These new CDs are a fantastic addition to the Bookbug pack and will be enjoyed by children and families across the country.”

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57,500 copies of the Bookbug Toddler CD have been produced to include in the Bookbug Toddler Bag which will be gifted to every toddler in Scotland in March 2016.

For more information go to the Scottish Booktrust website

Bookbug – it’s time for you to have your say!

Scottish Book Trust would like to know what professionals think about the Bookbug programme. To do this, our friends at Scottish Book Trust have designed an online survey for you to complete.

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The Bookbug programme is currently being evaluated by researchers from the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, based at the University of Edinburgh. The evaluation is investigating what difference Bookbug makes to parents, children and early years professionals. As part of this evaluation Scottish Boko Trust has developed an online survey for professionals whose work supports the delivery of Bookbug bags or Bookbug sessions.

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The survey will provide for Scottish Book Trust an overview of professionals’ views and experiences of the Bookbug Programme. In addition, findings from the survey will be used to help identify areas for further exploration in four case study areas for evaluation in 2016.

The survey will take between 20-25 minutes to complete, depending on the level of detail that you provide. Scottish Book Trust is really keen to hear your views, so just give as much detail and information as you can in the time you have available.

To thank you for your participation, Scottish Book Trust is giving one lucky participant chosen at random a bundle of books worth £100 .

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It is really important that we all do our bit to ensure that programmes such as Bookbug are developed to meet the needs of the children, families and staff across Scotland. Please take some time to complete the survey and make sure you send the this link on to colleagues in your organisation and/or locality who have contact with Bookbug.

https://edinburgh.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/bookbug-evaluation

The closing date for the survey is Friday 27th November 2015.

Don’t miss out!

Rewrite the Headlines competition

rewrite A new competition has been launched to help primary school children understand how the latest research becomes headline news in the media.

The ‘Rewrite the Headlines’ initiative will work with schools to assist young people to better understand what research is and how it gets reported in the media. They will get a better understanding of the journey from “lab to headline”, so they can more confidently judge any research stories they might come across. Equipping children to evaluate what they read and hear is a valuable life skill. http://researchtheheadlines.org/rewritetheheadlines/

This competition is being run by the Research the Headlines group, which will run workshops in participating schools, using recent examples of research reports. Organisers will highlight good reporting and the hazards of bias, exaggeration, inaccuracy, etc.

 

Wigtown Scots Tour

Wigtown Primary School is taking part in a very exciting Scots Language project. As part of the Wigtown Book Festival, Mrs Steele’s Rhinos (Primary 6/7 class) are devising and recording an audio tour of their town in Scots. Vistiors to the festival will be able to borrow iPods with the tour to gain a unique insight into the braw wee toun.

The weans have been working hard already on the project, which was the brainchild of Yvonne Caddell, Wigtown Book Festival’s Young People’s Portfolio Manager. I had the very great pleasure of doing an introductory session on Scots as Scots Language Co-ordinator. In the afternoon we gathered knowledge which the learners already had, using Scots for the whole day. We were ably assisted by Yvonne, class teacher Mrs Steele and Scots Language Ambassador for the school, Robert McQuistan. We also benefitted from the local knowledge of Stewart Anderson, another Ambassador who is waiting for a partner school.

The project continues with the ongoing support of this excellent team, with local experts on history (Donna Brewster) and wildlife (Ann Todd) also having input with the weans, hopefully answering many of the questions they have about their town. Kenny Barr will suport the recording of the final tour.

It is wonderful to see such enthusiasm from everyone involved. The Gallowa Scots is super braw tae! Good luck Rhinos! Haud gaun!Wigtown Rhinos

Bookbug Week’s Bedtime Bonanza Begins!

Bookbug Week: 18 – 24 May 2015

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As Bookbug Week 2015 begins, a recent YouGov poll has found that 72% of Scottish parents surveyed had introduced their child to books within the first 12 months of their lives.

The online poll, conducted in April 2015, asked 659 parents from a cross-section of Scotland when they had first introduced books to their child. 29% of parents said they started reading to their children between birth and 3 months old, 23% said they had started reading to their child between 4-6 months, 11% said 7-9 months and 9% said 10-12 months.

Marc Lambert, Director of Scottish Book Trust, said:
“Sharing a book with your child on a regular basis, from as early an age as possible, is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do to make a real difference to their future. You might feel silly reading to a tiny newborn, or even to your bump, but your baby will listen closely to the rhythm of your voice and the speech patterns, laying strong foundations for later language development. It’s never too late to get started though – at any age your child will soon realise that books equal cuddles, helping to inspire a love of reading which will last a lifetime.

“Bookbug Week is the perfect time to celebrate the joy that books can bring with your little ones – with hundreds of free events across the country we hope as many parents and children as possible will join us for some songs, rhymes and stories.”

Acting Minister for Children and Young People Fiona McLeod added:

“As a former librarian, I know the importance of introducing children to books at the earliest possible age. It helps develop a love of books and improve their literacy skills. I’m delighted that more than 70 per cent of Scottish parents are already reading to their children in the first year and it would be fantastic to see this increase even further. Bookbug Week and other initiatives like our PlayTalkRead campaign are great opportunities to have fun reading and I’d encourage families to get involved in the activities across the country. I’m excited to be attending a world record attempt in Fife this week where hundreds of parents will read to their children at the same time.”

The theme for this year’s Bookbug Week is Bookbug’s Big Bedtime Story. Thousands of young children will take part in over 400 free, bedtime-themed events across Scotland that will feature appearances from some of the UK’s best loved children’s authors and illustrators. Families can find details of events happening in their area by visiting Bookbug Week or asking for more information at their local library.

This year’s Bookbug Week flagship event will take place at Rozelle House and Maclaurin Art Gallery in South Ayrshire on Tuesday 19 May. Hundreds of families with young children will celebrate the Bookbug programme, getting creative with arts and crafts and bedtime stories. Special activities on the day will include a Magic Garden sensory area, a Book Trail and a Snuggle Village.

Elsewhere, author Chae Strathie will deliver a fun-filled Authors Live event that will be streamed to schools, nurseries and homes across the country on Thursday 21 May and a host of fantastic Bookbug prizes will be up for grabs via Bookbug’s Facebook page throughout the week.

The Bookbug programme provides every child in Scotland with four free bags of books, gifting 720,000 books every year. Over 240,000 children in Scotland benefitted last year, with even more set to receive free books in 2015. Bookbug also runs regular free story, song and rhyme events in libraries, shopping centres and other community venues which attracted audiences of over half a million parents and children last year.

Bookbug Week is the perfect chance to find out more about the Bookbug programme, get involved, meet other families and get ideas on how to make sharing books, songs and rhymes with children a fun part of each day. Introducing children to books at an early age has many wonderful benefits, including building up their confidence and social skills, and giving their speech and language development a real boost.

Scottish Book Trust Announces 2015/16 Bookbug Bag Books

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Scottish Book Trust is pleased to announce that the books chosen for the 2015/16 Bookbug bags, to be distributed free to every baby, toddler, 3 year old and P1 child in Scotland between Spring 2015 and Spring 2016, are as follows:

Bookbug Baby Bag
• Baby’s Very First Black and White Book: Babies by Stella Baggott (Usborne)
• Peekaboo Jungle by Emily Bolam (Campbell Books)
• Mouse is Small by Mary Murphy (Walker Books Ltd)

Bookbug Toddler Bag
• Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell (Puffin)
• Splosh by David Melling (Hodder Children’s Books)
• Feeling Great Just Like Me! by Jess Stockham (Child’s Play)

Bookbug Pirate Bag
• Ten Little Pirates by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty Orchard (Hachette Children’s Books)
• Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
• Never Bite a Tiger on the Nose by Lynne Rickards and Eilidh Muldoon (Scottish Book Trust)

Catriona Wallace, Head of Early Years at Scottish Book Trust said:
“We are very excited to announce the new titles for this year’s Bookbug bags. Our expert panel has carefully selected books by fantastic authors and illustrators and we hope that mums, dads and carers will enjoy sharing these stories with their children. Bookbug bags are a fun way to introduce your babies and toddlers to stories, songs and rhymes, and boost their language and listening skills.”

The Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag for 2015/16 will include free copies of the three shortlisted books from the Bookbug category of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2016, which will be announced on 2 September 2015. These bags will be distributed to Primary 1 children during Book Week Scotland (23 November – 29 November 2015).

Bookbug is Scotland’s national book gifting programme, encouraging parents and children to share books together from birth. We gift books to every baby, toddler, 3 and 5-year-old in Scotland in four free Bookbug bags:

– Baby bag (gifted by a health visitor to every baby
– Toddler bag (gifted by a health visitor to every toddler
– Pirate bag (gifted at nursery to every 3-year-old)
– Primary 1 Family bag (gifted at school to every P1 pupil)
– Dolly Parton Imagination Library (free books delivered monthly to every Looked After Child aged 0-5 in Scotland)

BBC Schools Report Practice Day

There is still plenty of time to sign up for the BBC’s School Report. The next practice day is on the 11th December.

www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport/

BBC News School Report gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience.

It is a collaborative project run by BBC News and BBC Learning.

Using lesson plans and materials from this website, and with support from BBC staff and partners, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters.

In March, schools take part in an annual News Day, simultaneously creating video, audio and text-based news reports, and publishing them on a school website, to which the BBC aims to link.

School Reporters produced a stunning array of content on 27 March 2014, with more than 1,000 schools across the UK making the news on the biggest ever School Report News Day.

The ninth News Day will be held on 19 March 2015.

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