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Guest Blog: Barry Donaldson, Reading Bus

AB+ Member Barry Donaldson, tells us about The Scottish Book Trust’s Book Trailers initiative and event taking place in Aberdeen on World Book Day on Thursday 6 March.

For more information about the Book Trailers event and Aberdeen City councils other literacy initiatives, including The Reading Bus, please contact Barry Donaldson, Development Officer for Literacy

Twitter: TheReadingBus@ReadingBus1

E-Mail: bdonaldson@aberdeencity.gov.uk readingbus@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Back in August 2013 the literacy team at Aberdeen City Council were introduced to Scottish Book Trust’s. The team could immediately see the wide possibilities of this initiative. Book Trailers are a great way to engage pupils with reading in the digital realm, and they are a fabulous way to combine a number of different skills across the curriculum.

The recent SSLN literacy survey revealed that between P4 and S2 those who ‘agree a lot’ or ‘agree a little’ that they enjoy reading drops from 92% to 62%. As part of a wider initiative to engage young people across the city with reading, the team decided to host a local Book Trailers event in Aberdeen. The Aberdeen city competition invites pupils to create a Book Trailer for any book they would highly recommend.

Primaries and secondaries across Aberdeen have been invited to take part, and the team have been overwhelmed with the interest in this project. One school is putting in six entries, including a collaboration between a P1 class and a P7 class. Another school is creating a Book Trailer as a transition project with nursery and P1 pupils. In addition, one book trailer has been created in Polish.

Scottish Book Trust’s CPD materials on Book Trailers have greatly supported teachers with this exciting initiative.

There will be an awards ceremony/screening event on World Book Day, Thursday 6 March, in Aberdeen’s Belmont Cinema.

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