Our Top Five Picture Book Resources

If you're planning a scheme of cross-curricular activities inspired by books, Scottish Book Trust's resources section is the ideal place to start. We regularly commission teachers and librarians to produce activity packs to help teachers across the country put together some fantastic projects for their pupils, and we're adding to the section all the time.

You don't even need to own copies of the books to make use of these resources - the activities within can be applied to just about any cross-curricular project!

In the first of an ongoing blog series, we're going to take you through our five most popular picture book resources. Stay tuned for further roundups!

These resources help teachers across the country put together some fantastic projects for their pupils

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson's books form the backbone of learning in classrooms up and down the country, and it's easy to see why. Classic titles like The Gruffalo, Stick Man and What the Ladybird Heard are favourites for many children, and we've got activity packs for all of these fantastic books, as well as Monkey Puzzle and Jack and the FlumFlum Tree.

Polly Dunbar

To help teachers and librarians make the most of our Authors Live puppet show event with Polly Dunbar and Long Nose Puppets, we asked classroom teacher Jen Buchan to produce an activity pack full of cross-curricular ideas. The resource helps you explore two of Polly's critically acclaimed books, Penguin and Arthur's Dream Boat. So if you haven't had a chance to dive into this particular author yet, now's your chance! Be sure to check out the beautiful puppet show in our Watch on Demand section to introduce your pupils to the stories.

Shared Reading

This pack helps you bring older and younger pupils together in a project which will help the older ones thrive on the challenge and responsibility of bringing a book alive for a younger reader. Proven to be particularly effective in changing reluctant readers' perceptions about the world of books, a shared reading project is also the ideal way to create great relationships across the school, giving younger pupils an older 'buddy' to look up to. This resource takes you through the steps of a shared reading project from beginning to end - you can also find some case studies in our Shared Reading section.

Dorion's books provide a fantastic opportunity to explore non-fiction in the classroom

Christiane Dorion

Christiane Dorion's wonderful pop-up books explain aspects of science, georgaphy and history to children in an unforgettable way, and they provide a fantastic opportunity to explore non-fiction in the classroom. Our resource pack gives you plenty of ideas to stage a wide range of activities, including some STEM challenges inspired by How The World Began and How Animals Live.

Mairi Hedderwick

The Katie Morag books have become something of a national treasure, and this activity pack can help you plan learning activities for pupils aged 3 to 8 inspired by these books. For nursery pupils, the books provide a great platform for discussing emotions, and first level pupils will find plenty in the vivid illustrations and stories of island life to keep them interested.

Check out our resources section to find a huge selection of reading and writing resources, from activity packs centred around children's authors to case studies outlining great practice in creative learning.