Teachers & Librarians

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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How Reading Can Make You a Better Footballer

Danny Scott is the author of the Scotland Stars FC series and a keen watcher and player of the beautiful game. Ahead of the World Cup, Danny gives aspiring young footballers some insight into how reading can help them develop their skills on the pitch.

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Reading Force: How Shared Reading Can Keep Armed Forces Families Close and Connected

Fiona Maxwell explains how Reading Force has supported Service families to spend quality time together through sharing books for pleasure.

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Alan Dapre: Tips for Creating Characters

Porridge the Tartan Cat is back with a 6th book in the series. To celebrate, we asked the book's author, Alan Dapre, to share his top tips to help young writers create believable characters for stories!

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Journeys with Julia: Interdisciplinary Learning at Castleview School

Castleview School in Stirling were our Schools Champions for Julia Donaldson's recent Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour. Inspired by Julia's books, the classes explored the theme of 'Journeys' through fantastic, cross-curricular projects!

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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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Tanya Landman

Tanya Landman: 6 Tips for Writing Historical Fiction

Tanya Landman's teen novel, Passing For White, is a gripping adventure story set against the backdrop of the antebelllum American South, where slavery was at its height. In this blog post, Tanya passes on her top tips for bringing the past to life in historical fiction.

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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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