Learning Resources

When teachers at Middleton Park Primary School and Burravoe Primary School watched our Authors Live event with Polly Dunbar, they were inspired to create puppet shows based on picture books with their pupils, before broadcasting these to each other via video conference! Read how they did it here and find out how you can have a go yourself.

These resources provide a range of activities to help you get the most out of Polly Dunbar's Penguin and Arthur's Dream Boat books.

These resources feature Katie Morag and the Tiresome Ted, Katie Morag and the Dancing Class and Katie Morag Delivers the Mail. 

Some great activities looking to explore Phil's thought-provoking and gritty novels.

Steve Cole, author of Young Bond: Shoot to Kill, gives his top tips for writing great action scenes - including using kick-ass language, thinking about viewpoint and picturing the action on a cinema screen in your head. KA-POW!

Read this case study from primary and secondary schools about how Steve Cole's books were used to excite pupils about reading and inspire a host of cross-curricular activities!

Dinosaurs? Versus cows? in SPACE? It could only be Steve Cole, and this resource will help you to make the most of Steve's wonderfully wacky books in the classroom.

Pamela Butchart's fantastically funny books have won the hearts of readers across the UK and scooped a Blue Peter Children's Book Award. In this video, she helps your pupils to find inspiration in the smallest, seemingly insignificant things.

In July 2015 the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour visited the wilds of Cumbria with Blue Peter award winning author Pamela Butchart.
Find out how Ms Birkett and Mr Hyde, year 4 teachers at Yewdale Primary School, got all of their pupils buzzing about creative writing through a brilliantly bonkers project inspired by Pamela's book Baby Aliens Got My Teacher.

Watch award winning author Pamela Butchart read the hilariously chaotic Never Tickle a Tiger, which has been shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2016. Izzy is a hyperactive girl who just can't stop wriggling, jiggling, shuffling and fiddling. When her class visits the zoo, Izzy's about to find out why it might be a good idea to sit still once in a while! There's also a fun little activity for young animal lovers at the end...