Blog Posts tagged: P1-3

The Humdrum Drum

Colin McIntyre: Writing My First Picture Book

Musician and author Colin MacIntyre turns his hand to children's fiction in The Humdrum Drum. Hear from him how he came to write his first children's story, from the initial idea to finding a publisher, illustrator and his exciting launch event.

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The Great Rebel Booklist!

As part of our annual campaign to get Scotland writing, we are asking primary and secondary pupils across the country to create a piece of personal or collaborative writing inspired by the 2018 theme Rebel. To get your pupils inspired to participate in our writing campaign, why not explore rebels and rebellion by reading one of the books below with your class, specially selected by Jim Taylor from Lighthouse, Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop?

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What Makes a Good Children's Book App?

There is sometimes a misconception that screen time is bad for our children's development as readers. But the argument shouldn't be about the amount of screen time - it should be about the quality of the experience children and parents have when reading a book app. In this blog post, Bev Humphrey outlines her criteria for a quality digital reading experience.

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Alan Windram, founder of Little Door Books

How Little Door Books are Helping Emerging Illustrators

Little Door Books is a new Scottish publisher aiming to help develop new illustration talent by pairing emerging illustrators with established authors. In this interview, founder Alan Windram tells us more about Little Door's approach and introduces us to some of their upcoming titles and projects.

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Pupils during Chris Riddell's Authors Live event

How Schools Have Used our Authors Live Events to Inspire Pupils

Authors Live is our series of digital events with top children's authors and illustrators. The events are streamed live in partnership with the BBC and recorded so you can watch again later. In this feature, find out how primary and secondary schools across the country have used these events as a launchpad to inspire pupils to read and write.

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Inverclyde librarian Susan Morton with pupils

Our Top Blog Posts Celebrating School Libraries

School libraries are inspiring places with a crucial role in raising attainment and encouraging pupils to become lifelong readers. We've gathered together a selection of our posts to show the impact that school libraries can have and provide further evidence of their importance ahead of the publication of Scotland's National School Library Strategy.

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A teacher and pupil talking about books

How to Make Your School Library Budget Stretch Further

As a former school librarian, Bev Humphrey is intimately familiar with the challenges of trying to make the budget for books stretch a bit further. Here, she shares some great tips for adding to your stock and securing funding!

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An older primary pupil reading to P1 children

Our Top Five Resources for World Storytelling Day

Tomorrow is World Storytelling Day, the ideal time for you and your pupils to take some time to enjoy reading and listening to stories. Check out our top resources to help you do just that!

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Joseph Coelho

'Look who's cool in the pool': Joseph Coelho on making poetry fun

Do you or your pupils see poetry as lofty, intellectual and off-putting? You're not alone - but as children's poet Joseph Coelho points out, such ideas are often misplaced. In this blog post, Joseph suggests some new ways of thinking about poetry to help you and your pupils approach it confidently and with an open mind.

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Strategies and Tools for Pupils with Additional Support Needs

Pupils with additional support needs can benefit from a range of different strategies, depending on their particular requirements. In this blog post, Shirley Lawson of CALL Scotland outlines some fantastic strategies, texts and tools that can help pupils with ADHD, dyslexia and autism.

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