Expressive arts

David Almond, award-winning author of Skellig and A Song for Ella Grey, shares his top tips on turning a messy imagination into neat and tidy printed pages.

Lari Don is emerging as one of Scotland's most exciting writers for children, with fiction ranging from picture books to gritty YA sci-fi. Here, you'll find resources inspired by her children's books First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts and The Beginner's Guide to Curses, as well as her provocative teen book Drawing a Veil which explores the freedom to express religious beliefs.

Lauren Child's Ruby Redfort series follows the adventures of a teenage spy as she cracks codes, solves mysteries and gets the better of bad guys. Use this resource from teacher Linda Murray to inspire a huge range of cross-curricular activities and projects based on Look Into My Eyes, the first book in the series!

Chris Riddell, author, illustrator and current Children's Laureate, shares his three Ws for getting past the stumbling blocks of starting stories. 



Find out how teachers at Elgin Academy used Juno Dawson's Authors Live event as the starting point for an interdisciplinary project tackling mental health stigma.

In May 2016 the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour took author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre to the Highlands.

Tracy Corderoy and Steven Lenton's story, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam, is a rollicking good fun picture book about two light-fingered dogs. The book has been included in the 2016 Read Write Count primary 2 bag, and we're delighted to present this special activity pack from classroom teacher Joy Cameron to help you explore the book in the classroom.

Sarah McIntyre, author and illustrator of the brilliant 'Pugs of the Frozen North', co-written by Phillip Reeve, gives her top tips on drawing the stars of her book - pugs! Watch Sarah's top tips and then have a go at drawing one yourself! 



Darkmouth is the award-winning debut novel from Shane Hegarty, and it's a must for any fans of rough and tumble fantasy adventure! These learning resources will help you explore the book with pupils in a variety of creative ways, including adapting scenes into comic format and making stop motion animations.

These fantastic activity suggestions are inspired by David Solomons' hilarious bestseller, My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord, and include a step-by-step guide to getting your pupils to create computer games with simple online resources.