Category Archives: Background

General information on the project – who, what and why.

Watch highlights from our launch day

We did it! Reading is Braw has officially launched and you can see some of the highlights of the day in this video from David Gilmour (digital wizard with East Lothian Council’s schools service).

You will see children reading here, there and everywhere.

You will hear Lindsey Barley reveal the single most important life-skill we can teach our children. (Clue: it starts with the letter r…)

You will hear children light up the screen with their love of stories.

If it inspires you to read or to read to a child let us know which story you went for.

The book most travelled

It’s getting exciting here at Reading is Braw HQ as we gear up to our 1st March official launch.RI logo oor wullie

Children do better when they read more. Having access to a choice of things to read and opportunities to read makes it so much more likely that they will read. We’ll share dozens of ideas for creating excitement around books in the coming weeks, for now though here is just one.

Groups taking part in Reading is Braw will be leaving books in public places where someone can pick them up, read them and then share them again. Inside we’ll leave a message encouraging people to read the book and pass it on. We’ll also ask them to let us know where the book has gone by commenting on this blog or by tweeting us at our Twitter account @reading_is_braw.

Already one book as been taken to New York, USA and we are all hoping it is found by someone who will get in touch.

So, if you see a book around Wallyford, Whitecraig or Musselburgh feel free to send it on an adventure – but don’t forget to read it first!

Local businesses invited to show support

Local businesses are being asked to show their support for Reading is Braw – an initiative to get children reading more. Due to launch on Tuesday 1 March, Reading is Braw will run for 15 weeks in Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig. Thousands of local children will take part in a challenge designed to get them to read more often because it boosts their learning and is a good sign of future success.WEBBacktoBackFBPostSize

The team behind the initiative includes schools, nurseries, libraries, community learning and parents. It’s now reaching out to businesses for help by either showing their support on their premises or by donating money. The funds will be used to help pay for visits by children’s authors and for school trips carefully designed to motivate kids to read.

As part of the challenge children will be wearing lanyards with a space for them to write the name of the book they are currently reading. The aim is to spark positive conversations between the children and others about reading. Businesses can show support by having their staff wear lanyards and by displaying posters.

Musselburgh Burgh Primary deputy head teacher Lindsey Barley is leading the project. She said: “I’ve already worked on reading initiatives in Dunbar and in the Tranent area and the support of businesses and the wider community has a massive impact on the success. Children love seeing adults taking part in their projects. They expect their teachers and their parents to tell them to read but when people out in the community are also talking about reading it suddenly has more impact.”

If you want to show your support for the project get in touch by emailing: cldmusselburgh@eastlothian.gov.uk