Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Peter Bently

The Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour braved arctic conditions in March 2013 to bring the award winning picture book author Peter Bently to schools in Perth & Kinross and Stirling.

We had a great week of superb story telling (with actions and props!), creative crafting and awesome alliteration! We started the week in a blizzard and ended it in a snowstorm but, after we had dug out the touring van each morning,  we managed to see some excellent schools with brilliant teachers and meet some very interesting pupils. We even found time to track down where Peter's great-great grandfather used to work on a farm near Crieff and recreate an olden day photogragh!

You can find out more about our exploits over the week by reading our blog on Facebook: The blog starts on March 20th.

Find out more about Peter Bently on his excellent website:

Case Study Package

Every tour we meet some incredibly creative teachers and we've asked them to contribute blogs, resources and videos in order to demonstrate some of the ways you can use an author event to inspire reading and writing in your classroom. If you would like to use Peter's books in the classroom this case study is a great place to start.

* Peter Bently Case Study Package


Pupils at Kirkmichael Primary School show off their Mariachi Pigs
Pupils at St. Madoes Primary School engrossed in making pirate cat masks
Peter in a sea of pirate captains at St. Madoes Primary School
Peter performing Farmer Clegg at Robert Douglas Memorial School
Cats Ahoy at Milnathort Primary School
Peter performing Farmer Clegg at Forgandenny Primary School
Pupils making pirate cat masks at Doune Primary School
Peter signing books on tour

 Teacher Feedback

The kids learned so much about story telling and writing in the lead up to your visit, and then the wonderful morning with Peter Bently was a fantastic culmination of it all.  The children were thrilled to meet him in person, and I know they will treasure the books he signed so personally for them. Since his visit we have made a display about Peter Bently's 'Cats Ahoy!' for the school library to share our learning with the wider school community.  The children have become enthused by the idea of writing, and have enjoyed being allowed to let their imaginations loose.  In particular they have enjoyed the rhythms and rhymes of the words, and they now look out and notice these aspects of writing in other books too. Nicola Kingslake, St. Madoes Primary School

They children really enjoyed meeting Peter and really engaged with his story.  We shared with you the books we had written for Book week. Peter was a great and energetic storyteller.   We have talked about this when the children have been reading aloud this week and lots of expression has resulted!!! Jenni Milroy, Milnathort Primary School

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