Learning Resources

Ross Collins, author and illustrator of the hilarious picture book 'There's a Bear on My Chair', gives his top tips for drawing his two feuding characters - a smug polar bear and a very angry mouse!

Rhyming poetry activities inspired by There's a Bear on My Chair, plus a wide range of cross-curricular activities for Ross's award-winning picture books Dear Vampa and Robot Rumpus.

Watch Ross Collins read his award-winning picture book Robot Rumpus, in which a bunch of bungling robots prove that technology isn't always the answer to our prayers.

Hare and Tortoise, a lively and fun re-telling of the favourite Aesop's fable by Alison Murray, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Bookbug Picture Book Prize. See her read the book in full in this video!

Bake it, Cool it, Dish it out...explore the journey of an apple pie in Alison Murray's book

Hear award-winning author Simon Puttock read his wonderful picture book Mouse's First Night at Moonlight School, shortlisted for the 2016 Scottish Children's Book Awards. The book introduces us to Miss Moon and her school for the creatures of the night. Mouse is starting school tonight, but she's feeling a (big) bit shy. How will she get on? Simon also has a fun little task for you to complete at the end...

This tale of a disgruntled pig and a harangued farmer will delight your pupils!

The ability to create and engage with stories can really boost confidence, and these cross-curricular resources will provide you with lots of ideas to create a storytelling classroom!

Watch Julia Donaldson perform The Magic Paintbrush with help from pupils at Holywood Primary School and Lochside Primary School at Lochthorn Library in Dumfries! What should Shen do? 

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