The Books for Schools initiative gives MSc publishing students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in our field whilst providing young readers with exciting new resources for their classrooms. To start, our class was divided into teams and then allocated an area of Edinburgh. Team Aqua, made up of our MSc’s loyal band of commuters; Megan, Mairi, Lauren, and Louise, was up for the challenge and set off to explore the wonders of Edinburgh’s Oxgangs.
After some research, we found that Oxgangs Primary School would be a great match for Merchiston Publishing’s books. Having decided on our school we then liaised with our tutors about stock availability. Due to the focus on Scots texts in the Curriculum for Excellence we decided that Merchiston Publishing’s centenary edition of J.M Barrie’s Peter and Wendy would be a useful resource that the pupils would enjoy.
After authorising the release of stock with our programme leader, we boxed up our books ready for delivery. We decided to distribute thirty copies allowing each child in a class to have an individual copy and thus ensuring that the children will be able to fully engage with the text. Books in hand, we headed for the bus, which the team were delighted to see after the long walk to university that morning.
After getting slightly lost, we arrived at the school and were greeted by beautiful grounds and a very helpful receptionist. The books were greatly received and after a few photos, our task was complete and we could begin our long journey home … back down the road.