Blog Posts tagged: secondary schools

Lucinda Hare

The magic of imagination and why it’s important

Lucinda Hare is the author of the Dragonsdome Chronicles, and a passionate advocate for the benefits of creativity and imagination. In this blog post she explains why she believes space needs to be made in schools to nurture pupils' imagination.

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Reading Force: How Shared Reading Can Keep Armed Forces Families Close and Connected

Fiona Maxwell explains how Reading Force has supported Service families to spend quality time together through sharing books for pleasure.

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How Reading Can Make You a Better Footballer

Danny Scott is the author of the Scotland Stars FC series and a keen watcher and player of the beautiful game. Ahead of the World Cup, Danny gives aspiring young footballers some insight into how reading can help them develop their skills on the pitch.

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Tanya Landman

Tanya Landman: 6 Tips for Writing Historical Fiction

Tanya Landman's teen novel, Passing For White, is a gripping adventure story set against the backdrop of the antebelllum American South, where slavery was at its height. In this blog post, Tanya passes on her top tips for bringing the past to life in historical fiction.

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Pupils during Chris Riddell's Authors Live event

How Schools Have Used our Authors Live Events to Inspire Pupils

Authors Live is our series of digital events with top children's authors and illustrators. The events are streamed live in partnership with the BBC and recorded so you can watch again later. In this feature, find out how primary and secondary schools across the country have used these events as a launchpad to inspire pupils to read and write.

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An older primary pupil reading to P1 children

Our Top Five Resources for World Storytelling Day

Tomorrow is World Storytelling Day, the ideal time for you and your pupils to take some time to enjoy reading and listening to stories. Check out our top resources to help you do just that!

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Linni Ingemundsen

5 Brilliant Teen Coming-of-Age Novels

Linni Ingemundsen is the author of The Unpredictability of Being Human, the story of a teenage girl's attempts to come to terms with a turbulent adolescence. In this blog post, Linni shares her top stories about teens coming of age.

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Sarah Shaffi

Sarah Shaffi: Developing Opportunities for BAME Writers

Our Authors Live: Unheard Voices event is (now available on demand) features a panel of three writers speaking about the struggle to make a diverse range of voices heard in the writing industry. In the latest of our blog series to support the event, journalist Sarah Shaffi speaks about what a truly representative UK publishing industry might look like, and outlines some positive developments.

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A ballot box with a pupil posting their vote

Scottish Teenage Book Prize: Voting deadline and discussion tips

Taking part in the Scottish Teenage Book Prize is a great way to introduce pupils to some fantastic new Scottish titles and kick off some book-related discussion. It's nearly time to vote in this year's prize, so to help you along, we've put together a few discussion points for your final book group meetings!

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How to use #ScotTeenBookPrize to enthuse a class about reading - Inverclyde Academy

Taking part in the Scottish Teenage Book Prize is a fantastic opportunity to promote reading for pleasure. You can choose to take part with a small group of pupils or invite entire classes to take part! In this blog post, Inverclyde Academy librarian Susan Morton explains how she collaborated with the school's English department to get pupils reading and voting.

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