Expressive arts

In January 2017, the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour took brilliant illustrator and author Nick Sharratt to Liverpool for an extra special week of school events. Nick saw 2400 P1-4 pupils from 19 schools, and inspired lots of wonderful drawings during his workshops.

Dave Hook, frontman of the hip hop band Stanley Odd, gives advice on how to write your own lyrics and how to make your voice heard. 

Attending a writer event is a fantastic experience for pupils, whether you invite a writer into school or go out to see one at a festival. This handy guide, created in partnership with Edinburgh International Book Festival, will help you prepare pupils and yourself for getting the most out of any event.

In March, Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour took award-winning illustrator and author Emily Gravett to Dumfries & Galloway and South Ayrshire for a special week of school events! She visited 650 P1-3 pupils at 13 schools and had everyone drawing!

Emily Gravett, author and illustrator of Monkey and Me and Orange Pear Apple Bear, gives top tips on how to draw Pete the Badger from her latest book Tidy. Watch Emily's video and draw Pete the Badger yourself! 

Laura Ellen Anderson, author and illustrator of Evil Emperor Penguin and Evil Emperor Penguin Strikes Back, gives her top tips on how to draw your favourite dastardly penguin. Watch her video and then have a go at drawing him yourself! 

In May 2017, the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour took phenomenal graphic novelist, illustrator and author Laura Ellen Anderson to the Western Isles for an exciting week of schools events.

This resource will help you explore Going for Gold, a fantastic book in the hugely popular Claude series by Alex T Smith.

Abi Elphinstone's book, The Night Spinner, is the final book in a thrilling trilogy which began with The Dreamsnatcher. It's a captivating fantasy novel which has proved a smash hit with children across the country! In this resource you'll find a range of fun, cross-curricular activities inspired by the novel. Even if you don't own a copy, there are transferrable ideas in here which you can apply to other books.

Find out how Kirstin Armstrong, art teacher at Greenfaulds High School, used Alpha: Abidjan to Gare du Nord, a graphic novel about a young man's desperate journey from Northern Africa to Europe, as inspiration for a cross-curricular project exploring the stories of refugees through art and drama.