Blog Posts tagged: additional support needs

Cover of Perfect by Nicola Davies

Portraying Disability in Children's Fiction

Last March, author Nicola Davies wrote about the struggle to publish her book, Perfect, which tells the story of a boy and his new baby sister who is born with a disability. Nicola hoped that the book would form part of a drive to talk about disability more openly. In this blog post, she tells us how the book has been received by readers.

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a decorated box with various objects representing the plot and ideas in Grandpa's Great Escape by David Walliams

Book Reviews in a Box: Supporting Discussion of Reading

Teacher Janice Paterson came up with this wonderful idea to help pupils articulate their understanding of the books they'd been reading. We caught up with her for an interview to find out more!

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5 Reasons to Enter our Graphic Novel Competition

Our graphic novel competition for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize provides a great opportunity to promote reading for pleasure and is a real challenge to help develop your pupils' writing skills. Find out more about the competition in this post.

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Meh: A Picture Book About Depression for Children

Deborah Malcolm's wordless picture book 'Meh' is a thoughtful and touching look at what it feels like to be sad all the time. In this interview we talk to Deborah about how the book came to be, as well as how her illustration and storytelling style has developed.

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How Shared Reading Can Improve Behaviour and Confidence

Sharing books and talking about them can have a marked impact on behaviour and confidence in reading. The potential to lead to increased attainment is clear! We have a lots of resources and case studies to help you run a shared reading project for the 2017 Bookbug Picture Book Prize. In this blog post, our Schools Resource Developer Chris Leslie tells you more about what shared reading is, how to go about it and what the impact can be.

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Comics in the Classroom Part 5: Recommended Titles

In this final post in his Comics in the Classroom series, Adam Murphy gives his top comic recommendations for 6 year olds right up to teens.

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Adam Murphy drawing at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016, image by Jo Cotterill

Comics in the Classroom Part 4: How to Draw a Comic

When we ask pupils to create comics, we're asking them to apply not only writing but also drawing skills, but we shouldn't get too hung up on being able to produce artistic masterpieces. Adam Murphy explains some basic principles in this blog post, as well as highlighting the importance of not worrying too much about the aesthetics.

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Comics in the Classroom Part 3: Using Comics with Pupils

In Part 3 of his series on comics' role in learning, Adam Murphy looks at tried and tested methods of using comics in the classroom, with a particular focus on additional support needs.

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Comics in the Classroom Part 2: A Gateway to a Love of Reading

In part 2 of his Comics and Literacy series, comic writer and artist Adam Murphy talks to us about why comics are so effective at boosting the confidence of reluctant readers.

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Faye Bird

Why I Wanted to Write About Selective Mutism

Faye Bird was inspired to write her latest novel, What I Couldn't Tell You, after hearing the story of a young girl who suffered from Selective Mutism, an anxiety-related condition which leaves the sufferer largely unable to speak. In this blog post Faye tells us more about the condition and the challenges of conveying the main character's voice in her novel.

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