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The Scottish Children’s Book Awards – 2016

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.