Scottish Book Awards 2016

The Scottish Children's Book Awards - 2016

SCBA logo

The annual Scottish Children's Book Awards, run by Scottish Book Trust, are a celebration of the most popular children's and young adult books by Scottish authors and illustrators.

They aim to inspire children to develop a deep love of reading and encourage budding authors to get writing.

A group of S3 pupils has been participating an innovative Library and English department project, shadowing the SCBA 16 award. The pupils have now  read the three books on the SCBA 16 shortlist and have created wonderful work, both in the library and in the classroom, based on the shortlisted books. 

One of the group’s activities, after enjoying a ghost/tour history walk of Elgin, was to write and record their own ghost stories. These ghost stories have been sent to Moray Council, to be part of The Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere initiative and are on display in Elgin Public Library.

The pupils have written their book reviews, filmed book trailers and submitted these, along with their votes, to Scottish Book Trust.

Some of the pupils, with Mrs Toonen and Mrs Forster, will attend the awards ceremony in Glasgow on Wednesday 2 March.

This will give pupils the opportunity to see the winner of the 12-16 years category announced and know that they have played a part in the final result.

Black Dove, White Raven

by

Elizabeth Wein

The Piper

by

Danny Weston

Trouble on Cable Street

by

Joan Lingard

Ballot Box, Voting & Quiz

The Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2016: Ghost Tour

Scottish-Book-AwardsOn the 30 November, the group participated in a ghost tour of Elgin with a guide, which provided stimuli for their own creative writing.

We all went on a ghost tour of Elgin with Mr Stuart Mackenzie, our guide. We visited places that were rumoured to have had a haunted past, such as a room in an old dance hall. This was said to be haunted and the owners’ dog would refuse to go into it. People visiting had a strange feeling about it. Thunderton House is rumoured to be haunted by Bonnie Prince Charlie, after he became ill whilst staying there. Our group found this ghost and history tour to be a good motivation for our own creative writing.

The Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2016 group.

The Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2016: Ghost Stories Video

The Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere initiative

Our group of S3 pupils have now all read the three books on the SCBA 16 shortlist.  During January, the library activities have included: The Piper group recorded their own ghost stories; the Black Dove, White Raven group created art work based on the landscape of Ethiopia, whilst the third, The Cable Street group, will tell the story of The Spanish Civil War through a collage.

In the classroom, pupils will be creating play lists for each of the novels, writing about images of war and particularly civil war, before finally, writing their book reviews and creating book trailers. These have to be submitted to Scottish Book Trust by 5 February.

 

The group, after reading The Piper, enjoyed a ghost tour/history walk of Elgin with Mr Stuart Mackenzie, a local guide and have written their own stories.

These ghost stories have been sent to Moray Council, to be part of The Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere initiative and will be on display in Elgin Public Library very soon.

The Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere project is aimed at shedding new light on the rich history of Elgin and will create a visitor trail through modern mediums. It will “provide a catalyst to unlock the remarkable environmental, historical and cultural assets of Elgin and Moray-Speyside and create a sense of belief and pride in our community.” (Jim Royan, chairman of the partnership group).

 

Filmtastic Pupils

Our group of S3 pupils have now all read the three books on the SCBA 16 shortlist.  During January, the library activities have included: The Piper group recorded their own ghost stories; the Black Dove, White Raven group created art work based on the landscape of Ethiopia, whilst the third, The Cable Street group, will tell the story of The Spanish Civil War through a collage.

In the classroom, pupils will be creating play lists for each of the novels, writing about images of war and particularly civil war, before finally, writing their book reviews and creating book trailers. These have to be submitted to Scottish Book Trust by 5 February.

 

The group, after reading The Piper, enjoyed a ghost tour/history walk of Elgin with Mr Stuart Mackenzie, a local guide and have written their own stories.

These ghost stories have been sent to Moray Council, to be part of The Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere initiative and will be on display in Elgin Public Library very soon.

The Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere project is aimed at shedding new light on the rich history of Elgin and will create a visitor trail through modern mediums. It will “provide a catalyst to unlock the remarkable environmental, historical and cultural assets of Elgin and Moray-Speyside and create a sense of belief and pride in our community.” (Jim Royan, chairman of the partnership group).