The year isn’t over yet, and my Foreign Reading Challenge certainly isn’t. But, in the interview with Julie Bertagna back in June, I suddenly got this great idea, and it won’t sit around and wait its turn.
Julie was saying how she went looking for Scottish books for the children she taught in school. They wanted to read about ‘themselves’, and she had no idea it was going to be almost impossible to find such books. As Julie said, Theresa Breslin had written one. And that was pretty much it.
So she wrote a book for ‘her’ children. And then she wrote a few more.
Now there are plenty more Scottish books, not only by Julie and Theresa, but by countless other Scottish authors. To the English it might seem unnecessary to have Scottish books, since they are all in the ‘same’ language and set on the same green island, but that’s far from true. Irish books are different from English ones, and there is no reason why there should be no need for Scottish books as well.
I do read plenty of Scottish novels, but I see no harm in setting up a separate, personal challenge to find many more. If teachers can sit down and write books for their pupils, then I can have a blog challenge.
Here’s to The Scottish Book! And unlike with The Scottish Play, we can say MacBeth as much as we want to. Not that I want to. I’ll say MacBertagna! MacBreslin! And all the rest who I’m not listing in order to avoid forgetting to mention them.