Teachers & Librarians

Pupils gathered to hear stories in Elgin Academy library

Elgin Academy Library: Top Tips for Inspiring Pupils to Read

Shelagh Toonen is the librarian at Elgin Academy library and has been Highly Commended in our 2018 Learning Professional Award. In this blog post, find out about the library projects and initiatives that are switching pupils on to reading at Elgin!

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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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Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo On His New Book, Flamingo Boy

We caught up with Michael Morpurgo to discuss his latest novel, Flamingo Boy, which is out 8 March.

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Pupils from Elgin Academy reading in Blackwell's book shop

The Scottish Teenage Book Prize - A Fantastic Cross-Curricular Opportunity

Elgin Academy tell us how they took on the role of Scottish Teenage Book Prize Schools Champion, harnessing the theme of children's rights to set up some fantastic work across the curriculum.

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Joseph Coelho

'Look who's cool in the pool': Joseph Coelho on making poetry fun

Do you or your pupils see poetry as lofty, intellectual and off-putting? You're not alone - but as children's poet Joseph Coelho points out, such ideas are often misplaced. In this blog post, Joseph suggests some new ways of thinking about poetry to help you and your pupils approach it confidently and with an open mind.

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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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Spyquest author David Goutcher with pupils from Craigbank Primary School

Engaging Pupils with Spyquest Gaming and Books

Spyquest is an online game and book series which has been switching pupils on to reading all across the country. In this blog post, teacher Fiona McLaren tells us how Spyquest has captured the imagination of pupils at Craigbank Primary School in Larkhall.

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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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Cover of The Rise of Wolves by Kerr Thomson, cropped

Kerr Thomson: 5 tips for using nature to inspire your writing

Award-winning children's author Kerr Thomson has always drawn inspiration from the natural world. In this blog post, young writers can find out his top tips to turn outdoor adventures into fuel for writing.

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