Being a Reading Ambassador

We spoke to Grace and Klaudia, pupils at Letham Primary School in Livingston, about their role as Reading Ambassadors.

How did you become Reading Ambassadors?

We were really enthusiastic at the First Minister's Reading Challenge Celebration Event. We had a meeting with our Depute Head to share our ideas and she asked us if we wanted to become Reading Ambassadors.

What does the position involve?

The role involves a lot of exciting things such as: promoting a reading culture across our school and nursery, attending reading events, helping in the library, choosing and sorting books, visits to Waterstones to choose new books, sharing ideas, storytelling in the nursery, helping with authors and illustrators, keeping the library tidy, attending meetings with our local librarian, presenting in assemblies, helping across the nursery and school with reading, monitoring ‘snack and read’ and ‘reading passports’. We plan and help with ideas for our Readership group, which meets every other Friday to promote reading in school. We have also entered competitions.

What have you done so far as part of the First Minister's Reading Challenge?

We’ve used the reading passports and we’ve taken part in extreme reading. We’ve also put up a reading display showing everything we are working on. We have worked closely with Scottish Book Trust to look for new ideas. We are helping our friends complete their reading passports; we make sure they bring them along to the library.

Do you have any exciting plans for the future?

We have been planning a lot for world book week and we planned for all classes to decorate their doors. We have lots of competitions like designing book covers and bookmarks.

Do you think other schools taking part in the First Minister's Reading Challenge should appoint reading ambassadors?

Definitely. Reading Ambassadors are a big help around the library and help plan reading events and they can inspire other children to become good role models.

What do you like most about reading?

We love reading in many ways but one of the best things about reading is books with no pictures because you can really let your imagination out and run wild!

Thank you to Grace and Klaudia for being interviewed for our blog!

You can hear from other pupils across Scotland about their experience of the Reading Challenge on our blog. If you or your pupils would like to tell us about your reading journey so far, please get in touch by email at

Reading Ambassadors with Kasia Matyjaszek