CALL Scotland has worked with the Scottish Book Trust and the authors and publishers to create accessible digital versions of the nine shortlisted books. The idea is that children and young people with physical, visual and reading or dyslexic difficulties, who can’t read or access the paper books, can read the digital books instead and take part in the awards.
• Children with spinal injury, cerebral palsy or other physical impairments can click a switch or press a key on a computer, to turn pages and read the books by themselves.
• Dyslexic readers or children with visual impairments can change the font size and/or colours on screen, or use text-to-speech software to read the books.
• The books can be read out by the computer using “Heather”, the high quality Scottish computer voice that is available free for schools and pupils from CALL Scotland’s The Scottish Voice web site.
The books are available free of charge. Readers and schools can request accessible digital copies of the book(s) they wish to read.
In a related initiative, RNIB Scotland have produced Large Print, Braille and audio copies of the books.
The web link for more info and to request copies of the digital books is http://www.books4all.org.uk/Book-Awards/
The Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children‟s Books is an innovative nationwide reading project in which children and young people from every corner of Scotland read and vote for their favourite Scottish children’s books of the year. Last year:
. over 31,000 children were involved and an amazing 15,014 votes were cast;
. over 400 schools and libraries in every corner of Scotland, from Aberdeen to Dumfries; Shetland to Arran, took part;
. the 2009 awards ceremony brought 650 young judges from across Scotland together to see their peers act out the winning books.
More information on the Awards including how to register and vote is on the Scottish Book Trust web site at http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/royalmailawards.
The shortlisted books for 2010 are:
Bookbug Readers 0-7 years
What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson
Love from Louisa by Simon Puttock and Jo Kiddie
Stormy Weather by Debi Gliori
Younger Readers 8-11 years
Invisible Fiends: Mr Mumbles by Barry Hutchison
The Secret of the Black Moon Moth by John Fardell
The Dragon Whisperer by Lucinda Hare
Older Readers 12-16 years
Crossing the Line by Gillian Philip
The Witching Hour by Elizabeth Laird
Grass by Cathy MacPhail
But what about disabled children who can’t read the books?
CALL Scotland has again worked with the Scottish Book Trust and the authors and publishers to create accessible digital versions of the nine shortlisted books. The idea is that children and young people with physical, visual and reading or dyslexic difficulties, who can‟t read the paper books, can read the digital books instead and take part in the awards.
The accessible digital versions of the shortlisted books are available free of charge from CALL Scotland. You can request books by going to CALL‟s Books for All web site at http://www.books4all.org.uk/Book-Awards/.
Storyrich – Storytelling and Creative Teaching: P1-P7
Mon 25 October, 9.15am-3.30pm
In this practical and inspiring day, we will explore imaginative use of storytelling in the classroom and across the school, bringing to life the Curriculum for Excellence. Led by storyteller Ruth Kirkpatrick and storytelling teacher Fergus McNicol, participants will develop storytelling skills and explore different approaches to cross-curricular learning including Japanese story theatre (Kamishibai). Geeta Ramanujam, Festival guest and founder of the Kathalaya Trust, Bangalore and Scots storyteller, Stuart McHardy will also provide valuable input during the day.
£32 (£26 network members)
Box office 0131 556 9579 or www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk
Scottish Storytelling Centre
43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR T 0131 556 9579 F 0131 557 5224
E firstname.lastname@example.org W www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk
Open to all Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools – individual, group or class poems
Theme – ‘MY EAST LOTHIAN’
– £100 worth of books* for the two winning schools – 1 Nursery/Primary, 1 Secondary
– The winning poems to be performed at St Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington, as part of East Lothian Saltire Festival
– Certificate for all participating schools
Scottish Poetry Competition flyer
Are you between the age of 14 and 17?
Would you like to find out about the realities of life as a writer?
The Young Writers Conference will include advice from
professional writers and industry insiders, as well asa
performance and creative writing workshops from
Jason Donald, Ella Hickson and Ryan Van Winkle.
For further details and how to apply visit
The National Archives offer Glow Meet sessions and free workshops for pupils in S1-S6.
We aim to provide a flexible service to meet the needs of individual teachers. Our programme uses primary sources of evidence held in the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) and supports Curriculum for Excellence and National Qualifications.
The NAS has guest access to Glow. If you are too far away to visit us for a workshop in Edinburgh, book a Glow Meet or video conferencing session with us. Each session runs for about 30 minutes. Each workshop runs for 2 hours.
Secondary Programme, June 2010 (pdf, 510KB, 6 pages)