Expressive arts

In January 2018, author and illustrator John Fardell retoured with the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour as part of our 20th Anniversary Tour celebrations. John visited schools across Northern Ireland for a week of exciting school events! 

Wordless picture books can provide a fascinating, inclusive and yet challenging reading experience for adults and children alike. In this resource you can find out how to approach wordless picture books in the classroom and library.

Scottish writer John Fardell has proved a firm favourite with young readers ever since The 7 Professors of the Far North was published in 2004! His picture books, Manfred the Baddie and The Day Louis Got Eaten, were voted by children as Scotland's favourite picture books in 2009 and 2012. This resource will help you explore these two books, plus two of John's chapter books, in the classroom.

If you're looking for a heart-warming story to share with your pupils and use as the basis for cross-curricular activities, Dion Leonard's book Finding Gobi is a great choice. The inspiring story of ultramarathon runner Dion's quest to be reunited with his dog Gobi will fascinate all lovers of sport, travel - and of course animals! This resource will help you use the book as a springboard for some fun activities across the curriculum.

In September 2017, author and screen-writer Ciaran Murtagh visited primary schools in Renfrewshire, East Aryshire and Falkirk on the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour.

Grumpy Frog is a funny and touching book about friendship from best-loved, award-winning author Ed Vere. Find learning activities to explore the book in this resource!

Sky Dancer by Gill Lewis is a beautiful story which celebrates animal rights, and is the perfect opportunity to introduce your pupils to questions about our relationship with nature. Check out our resource for some great cross-curricular learning activity suggestions.

Debi Gliori's book Night Shift is a sensitive and evocative portrayal of the experience of mental illness. This resource from school librarian Bill Plain outlines how you can use the book to open up discussion around mental health in a classroom or library.

This resource from primary teacher Susannah Jeffries will provide plenty of inspiration to get your pupils writing. The resource encourages pupils to use the work of authors as their inspiration, finding out about their work and going on to create their own stories. Happy writing!

Attending a writer event can lead to some fantastic cross-curricular learning. This resource, created in partnership with Edinburgh International Book Festival, gives you lots of ideas to help maximise the impact of a writer visit.

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