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9 Children's and Teen Books You Need to Read, as Chosen by Craigentinny Pupils

In the latest blog post in our Pupils Recommend series, young readers at Craigentinny Primary School tell us about the titles that have gone down a storm in their school.

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Five Ways to Be a Better Self-Editor

A solid ability to edit is what can transform a decent idea or inspired passage into an accomplished piece of writing. Discover five easy ways to hone your self-editing skills.

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Bookbug for All: Sensory Sessions for Visually Impaired Children

Learn how a Community Vision Support Officer adapted Bookbug Sessions to make them more accessible for visually impaired children

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How Boys and Girls Differ as Readers

Do boys and girls differ in their reading skills, reading motivation and reading activities? And to what extent can we draw broad conclusions about a complex and nuanced subject such as gender differences in reading? Literacy researcher Dr Sarah McGeown reveals some interesting research findings.

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How to Start Reading for Pleasure Again After Studying

Feel like studying in libraries has killed your reading for pleasure appetite? Read our tips on how to start really enjoying your reading again.

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Writing (but not Visiting) St Kilda

Award winning writer Geraldine McCaughrean lets us in on a little secret about writing place - imagination is key!

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A Dad's Reading Journey: Sharing Stories with my Daughter Before she was Born

One dad writes about his reading journey with his baby daughter, and why he'd recommend all expectant fathers read to their babies-to-be

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Miranda Doyle and the cover of Book of Untruths

Writing Memoir: How I Write Life

Miranda Doyle delves into what it means to write a memoir. Don’t tiptoe round the edges, hoping to keep those best shoes of yours clean. Get right into the heart of your subject, no matter how personal it is.

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Do Mums and Dads Read Differently to their Children?

Tracy Cooper looks at research which suggests that mums and dads share picture books with their children in different ways

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Lari Don: How to create riddles with children

Acclaimed children's author Lari Don is back with the second book in her Spellchasers trilogy, The Shapeshifter's Guide to Running Away. The books are full of brain-bending riddles, so we asked Lari for her top tips to help you and your pupils come up with your own riddles.

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