S1. A poetry book
S2. A book of short stories
S3. A book about family and/or friends
S4. A book about sport
S5. A book about animals and/or nature
S6. A science fiction novel or factual science book
S7. A fantasy book or book of myths and legends
S8. A crime / detective book
S9. A ghost / horror book
S10. A book about another country or culture
S11. A history book or historical novel
S12. A book that deals with a serious issue
S13. A thriller / adventure book
S14. A romance
S15. A funny book
S16. A book with a Scottish connection
S17. An autobiography or biography
S18. Free choice – Non-fiction
S19. Free choice – Fiction
New for 2010 – The Platinum Award
The Platinum Award is all about sharing books with others. Pupils are expected to read at least 15 books and complete 15 tasks out of a possible 19.
P1. Crossword Clues
P6. Film v Book
P7. Come Dine With Me
P8. Happy Birthday
P10. Five Giant Steps
P11. Book Cube
P12. Favourite Author
P13. Library Recommendation
P14. Cool Wall
P16. Library Magazine
P17. Trading Places
The Reading Record
BRONZE AWARD – 5 Books
SILVER AWARD – 10 Books
GOLD AWARD – 10 Books
Certificates are awarded on an individual basis when a pupil has read the correct number of books and completed a number of tasks.
For the Bronze Award you have to read FIVE books and complete FIVE tasks from a choice of SEVEN. The tasks include: a book review; designing a new book cover; creating a wordsearch; and writing a letter to the author.
The Silver Award is all about trying new books. You have to read TEN books from a choice of FIFTEEN different genres (including a wildcard option).
The Gold Award focuses on the writer and writer’s style. You have to read TEN books but must read at least TWO books by any author. The tasks are a bit more difficult but by this time you know what you like in a book and the reasons why certain characters and situations appeal to you.
What happens when you have completed the Gold Award? Hopefully you will continue to read and to share books with others. Who knows you might even write a book review for the school magazine – or contribute to this site.
THE BRONZE CERTIFICATE
To be awarded your Bronze Certificate you have to read FIVE books from the School Library.
After you have read EACH book you must complete ONE task from the list below.
You must choose a different task for each book.
(For each task there is a page in your booklet with instructions for you to follow.)
The tasks are:
Write a book review. (You might like to write it on Searchstar.)
Design a new cover for a book.
Make a ten question quiz based on a book. (Include the answers. Do not ask any questions where the answer is a simple yes/no.)
Write a letter to the author telling him/her what you thought of a book.
Draw a cartoon of the most exciting part of a book.
Make a wordsearch based on a book.
Prepare and give a two-minute talk to the rest of the class on a book.
When you have finished the five books and five tasks, complete The Best and the Worst sheet (8).
Then show your booklet to your English teacher to claim your certificate.
THE SILVER CERTIFICATE
To be awarded your Silver Certificate you have to read TEN books from the School Library and write about each one.
Each book you read must be an example of a particular type (genre) of book. (A book may fit into two or more genres but will only count as one of your ten books.) There are nineteen genres listed near the top of this page from which you must choose ten in any order you like. After you have read each book, complete the relevant task sheet.
When you have finished ten books and ten tasks, complete the Favourites task (S20).
Then show your Reading Record to your English teacher to claim your certificate.
For book ideas why not check out some of the Book Reviews on this site.
THE GOLD CERTIFICATE
For the GOLD AWARD you have to read TEN books. You must read at least TWO books by any one author and must read books by at least THREE different authors.
After you read each book you must complete one of the ten tasks G1 – G10.
- Selling your book
- The Dust Jacket
- Writing a Review
- Peer Recommendation
- Talking to the Author
- Next Stop Hollywood
It is important that you keep an accurate record of your progress in your Gold booklet.
When you have read TEN books and finished tasks G1 to G10, complete G11 (Favourites) and G12 (Biographical Details) then show your completed Gold Booklet to your teacher in order to claim your Gold Certificate.
- AUSTEN, Jane LAIRD, Elizabeth
- BLACKMAN, Malorie MACPHAIL, Catherine
- BOWLER, Tim MARSDEN, John
- BRESLIN, Teresa MCCAUGHREAN, Geraldine
- BROOKS, Kevin MCGOWAN, Anthony
- BURGESS, Melvin MCNAB, Andy
- CASSIDY, Anne MEYER, Stephenie
- COLFER, Eoin MORPURGO, Michael
- COTTREL-BOYCE, Frank MUCHAMORE, Robert
- CRAIG, Joe NICHOLSON, William
- CREECH, Sharon NIX, Garth
- CROSSLEY-HOLLAND, Kevin PAVER, Michelle
- DICKENS, Charles PRATCHETT, Terry
- DOHERTY, Berlie PULLMAN, Philip
- DUNMORE, Helen RAI, Bali
- ELLIS, Deborah REES, Celia
- FUNKE, Cornelia REEVE, Philip
- GIBBONS, Alan ROSOFF, Meg
- HEARN, Lian RYAN, Chris
- HEARN, Julie SEDGWICK, Marcus
- HIGSON, Charlie SHAN, Darren
- HOROWITZ, Anthony SWINDELLS, Robert
- IBBOTSON, Eva TOLKIEN, J.R.R.
- JACQUES, Brian VALENTINE, Jenny
- JARVIS, Robin WALDEN, Mark
- KENNEN, Ally WOODING, Chris