Scottish Book Trust

Liz Pichon

Liz Pichon Interview

Age: 6-8, 9-11, 12-14
Curriculum areas: Literacy and English
Format: Video
Authors: Liz Pichon

The Tom Gates series by Liz Pichon has enjoyed phenomenal success since the first book arrived in 2011. In this interview, Liz talks about the latest book in the series and her journey towards becoming a published author in spite of her dyslexia.

Using accessible versions of picture books can help pupils with a print disability to enjoy stories. Additionally, using symbolised sheets can help them participate in the story as well as discuss it afterwards. In this video, Joanna Courtney of CALL Scotland shows how accessible sheets and symbolised resources can be used with a group of pupils from Braidburn School.

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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!

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The Scottish Teenage Book Prize can help you inspire pupils to read for pleasure, and this resource will help you plan fun, cross-curricular activities based on the books. Whether you're looking for activities to do in library book groups or in the classroom, we hope there's something for you here!

Danny Weston's chilling ghostly tale The Haunting of Jessop Rise has been shortlisted for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2018. Watch this video to find out more about how Danny came up with the book and pick some top writing tips.

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