Looking for more in Reading and Stories or Inclusive Stories Festival: Creative stories for everyone?

Watch now: Steve Antony and Alexandra Strick on You Can!

The Inclusive Stories Festival is part of Scottish Book Trust's Sensory Storytelling programme, funded by The Mohn Westlake Foundation


This video will be available to watch on demand for those registered until Friday 18 February.

In this event, Alexandra introduces the book You Can! and explains how they created it with children. Both Alexandra and Steve share readings from the book, and you hear from children involved in the project. They share their thoughts and feeling on You Can! and what they wanted to see in the book. The event ends with Steve talking about his illustrations, showing key things to look out for. He also discusses personal challenges and his experience of becoming an illustrator whilst being colour-blind.

After the event, if you want to share your thoughts on the video or any illustrations you have done inspired by You Can!(this link will open in a new window) please send them to us on Twitter using #InclusiveStories and @ScottishBkTrust. We'd love to see what your pupils create!

Preparing to watch

This event is suitable for children aged 4+. Parts of the event are filmed separately and edited together, so the background and image vary throughout the video.

We recommend watching this event before sharing it with pupils so you can check its suitability and prepare any additional resources you might need in advance. Some ideas are listed below.

Preparing Makaton or other symbol resources

You might like to prepare symbol resources or Makaton signs to support pupils to engage with the event. Some key themes from the event are: