Books that work in the classroom!

Two pupils reading with each other

Looking for some new books to use in the classroom? Check out the recommendations below, from teachers and pupils around Scotland!


Billionaire Boy by David Walliams (P5+)

"A funny book which keeps the reader entertained while dealing with important issues such as friendship."

Anne MacKenzie and Primary 6, Balbardie Primary School


Divided City by Theresa Breslin (S2+)

"Fantastic for both engaging boys and discussing wider issues such as violence, sectarianism and religion. You can get them debating, researching as well as essay writing - plus it's funny and moving."

Zoe Haining, Islay High School

(Click here for Scottish Book Trust's resources for Theresa's novel Prisoner of the Inquisition)


Mr. Stink by David Walliams (P5+)

"The characters are offbeat and appealing, and the story moves along at a fast pace. It sparked lots of lively discussion about character and plot, and provided a fantastic starting point for pupils' writing."

Emma Mooney, Windyknowe Primary School


Jiggy McCue: The Killer Underpants by Michael Lawrence (P5+)

There are a lot of really good bits in this book but the very best thing was watching my mum’s face turn green while she was reading the bit involving Pete’s foot.... and if you want to know more, you have to read the book. I'd recommend it, except if you have a weak stomach...

Robert Millar, pupil at Kaimes School


The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson (ages 3-7)

"The Nursery children can all relate to how poor little Plop the baby owl feels about being in the dark! The story is warm and moving and the illustrations are fab. The children were drawing and making baby owls for weeks afterwards - we even ended up with a lovely big display in our Nursery!"

Michelle Skene, Windyknowe Primary School


Invisible Fiends series by Barry Hutchison (P5+)

"Rich in descriptive language, full of action and suspense: you constantly want to read on.  In fact, we read the final 5 chapters continuously of Raggy Maggie because we wanted to know what would happen, so Maths for that day was cancelled!" 

Nicola Henderson, Sunnyside Primary School

 (click here for Mr. Mumbles teaching resources from Scottish Book Trust)

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