Literacy Challenge 2020 for Families During School Closures

We have created some 2020 Literacy Challenge grids for pupils (and families) to complete at home.

Feel free to use these as they are or edit to suit you class. We hope you find them useful!

There are three challenge grids – Learning Around the House (Early), First and Second Level.

In addition, please see links below for learning at home ideas at both Primary and Secondary level.

Building a Reading Culture in your Secondary School Webinar – 9th March 2020 at 4.30pm

If you want to get your whole school reading, sign up for the ‘Building a Reading Culture in your Secondary School’ webinar! This session will outline the features of a reading culture, the programmes delivered by Scottish Book Trust to help you foster this culture in your school and practical examples to inspire you to get started, wherever you are on your reading journey.

In feedback from previous webinar attendees, 100% said they would recommend Scottish Book Trust webinars to a colleague!

All staff working in a secondary school setting in Highland are welcome.

The webinar is free to access!

The webinar will take place on the 9th March 2020 at 4.30pm.

Sign up here –

On completion of the course, participants will:

·          Be familiar with the elements which contribute to building a reading culture in school

·          Have practical ideas to implement in their own school to create a reading culture

·         Know about Scottish Book Trust programmes which they can get involved in to encourage reading for pleasure

·         Know about the range of learning resources available to help them and where to find these

Outline Programme

·       What is a reading culture

·       Ideas to help build a reading culture

·       How programmes run by Scottish Book Trust can help build a reading culture

·      Time for questions

Bookbug Shared Practice Event – Wednesday 4th March

Wednesday 4 March 2020

10am – 2:00pm (Registration from 9:30am) Canal Park, Clubhouse, Inverness IV3 5SS

Calling all Bookbug practitioners!

You’re invited to a half-day Bookbug Shared Practice Event in Inverness, where you can find out more about how Bookbug is being used by a whole range of practitioners in communities and family homes throughout your area and beyond. Share ideas, hear about innovative projects, get inspired and recharge your Bookbug battery!

This event is open to everyone who includes Bookbug in their work or is interested in hearing more about how they can be involved in Bookbug in their local area, whether you gift the Bookbug bags, lead Bookbug Sessions, use Bookbug in family homes, or have attended a Bookbug training course in the past.

The day will include –

  • Updates from the Bookbug Team
  • Presentations from local practitioners
  • Ideas sharing sessions
  • A networking lunch

The option to attend Music and Early Literacy OR Bookbug Explorer Bag training in the afternoon (add an additional registration ticket for this)

Have something to share?

If you have some Bookbug related practice that you would be willing to share through a presentation, poster or display, please contact let us know when you register.

Places at this event are funded by Scottish Book Trust and there is no cost for participants.

Click on the following link to register online:

Having problems signing up online? Call 0131 524 0179 or email

Wee MacNessie Book Launch – Inverness Town House – Saturday 25th January

On Saturday 25th January, local author Pauline Mackay is launching her latest Wee MacNessie story in the Inverness Town House starting at 3pm. ‘Wee MacNessie and the Lion Dance’ celebrates Scottish and Chinese culture.

It’s a FREE event! Local children will be reading and singing in Mandarin and there will be a guest appearance from Wee MacNessie himself!

Tactile Book Gifting – Scottish Book Trust – Off to the Park!

To help children on their reading journey, Scottish Book Trust is gifting Off to the Park to every Primary 1-3 child in a special school or special needs setting in Scotland. Each school will receive an additional copy of Off to the Park for their school library to help create a link between home and school.

Off to the Park contains high-contrast images, tactile features and Braille-style numbering. It is suitable for children with a variety of additional support needs.

The books will arrive in schools in January.
Gifting the books offers a great excuse to invite parents and carers, as well as other members of the local community, into school. It is also recommend that you use the books in school before sending them home to make a link between home and school.

You can also listen to an audio version of Off to the Park at: Parents and carers can use the audio version at home alongside the physical copy. You could share the audio version in school after the books have been gifted to create a link between home and school.

HIGHLAND EXCLUSIVE! – 21st of November – Building a Reading Culture CLPL Webinar – Scottish Book Trust

On the 21st of November at 2pm, the Scottish Book Trust will be running an online webinar on Building a Reading Culture. This takes place during Book Week Scotland 2019.

This session will outline the features of a reading culture, the programmes delivered by Scottish Book Trust to help you foster this culture in your school and practical examples to inspire you to get started, wherever you are on your reading journey. 

This webinar is aimed at Primary teachers and staff. Register below to tune in. If you have any questions, please contact

Please click the link below to register for this Highland only event!