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Inspiring a love of reading

Children's University Scotland work with the First Minister's Reading Challenge and Scottish Book Trust to encourage children to foster a life-long love of reading

Children's University Scotland have been working with the First Minister's Reading Challenge and Scottish Book Trust to create an exciting new learning resource that aims to help children to discover the joy of reading.

The First Minister's Reading Challenge is an exciting new initiative which aims to encourage P4 - P7 children to develop a love of reading that will stay with them for life.

The First Minister's Reading Challenge, delivered by Scottish Book Trust on behalf of the Scottish Government, will seek to embed a culture of reading in primary schools and to boost educational attainment and future wellbeing for children across the country.

Now, working with the First Minister's Reading Challenge and Scottish Book Trust, we at Children's University Scotland have made our very own Children's University Reading Challenge!

This new resource will allow Children’s University members across Scotland to become engaged with the First Minister’s Reading Challenge through their Passport to Learning, collecting credits towards their Children’s University awards along the way.

“The Children’s University programme is perfectly placed to support the First Minister’s Reading Challenge. Our programme encourages children to recognise the value of family learning at home and in the local community, and inspires children to try new activities and develop new skills”, said Mary De la Peña, CEO of Children’s University Scotland.

Passport Holders can collect a total of nine credits for taking part in the new Children’s University resource - one for each challenge. Each reading-themed activity will help bring a child's favourite books to life, and encourage them to deepen their love of reading as they explore new interests and ideas. Activities include:

  • reading aloud to friends
  • writing alternative endings
  • visiting local libraries and leaving book reviews for other children
  • getting lost in reading in weird and wonderful places including Children’s University learning destinations
  • reading new types of book, from folklore and fairy tales to funny books and adventure books

 

Prizes are available for children who complete all nine of the reading challenges. Children can also use their experiences to enter the Pupil Reading Journey Challenge, one of several official competitions offered by the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.