Teachers & Librarians

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How Movies Can Help You Become a Better Writer

Children's and teen author Joan Lennon is back with a fabulous new fantasy story, Walking Mountain, which has already made our Teen Book of the Month. Joan is a firm believer that watching films can make you a better writer; in this blog post she outlines a few reasons why (and one way books have one up on films).

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Inspiring poetry through art in the secondary classroom

Using images as a stimulus for writing can often unlock pupils' creativity, as English teacher Gordon Fisher found when he introduced pupils to a painting by Sir James Guthrie. In this blog post Gordon shares the approach he took to get pupils writing poetry inspired by the painting. Gordon has also made some of the pupils' work available for download, as well as some of the worksheets and presentations he created during the project.

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3 Great Reasons to Try Audiobooks in Schools

Audiobooks have the potential to help struggling readers improve their comprehension skills, removing the barrier of decoding text. Listening Books provide a free service for students who would benefit from audiobooks - find out more in this blog post.

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Tips for writing funny stories from #LOLLIES-shortlisted authors and illustrators

Scholastic have announced the shortlisted books for the Laugh Out Loud Awards 2017, and to celebrate, we've asked the shortlisted authors to share their top tips for writing rib-tickling stories!

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Using Museum Objects to Inspire Art and Storytelling

From February-April 2017, the Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA) ran their annual art competition with school students across Fife. Their theme for this year was Telling Tales, with workshops delivered to nursery to S3 pupils. The workshops explored how stories can be told through artwork and pictures.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Come Along to Authors Live at The Fringe

Find out more about our two exciting Authors Live broadcasts during the Edinburgh Festivals and why you should come along.

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5 Highlights from Lauren Child's Authors Live Event

Our Authors Live event with the Children's Laureate will give your pupils an insight into her life as a writer. Find out how the Ruby Redfort novels came to be and get her top writing tips.

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Our Poet Visit: Theresa Munoz

In early July 2017, the poet and literary critic Theresa Munoz visited schools across Teesside for a week of workshops as part of the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour. Here, Mia Ainsley and Maisie Kennedy, two Year 9 pupils from Our Lady and St Bede Academy, write about their experience of the event and what they enjoyed most.

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Supporting Children with Reading Comprehension Difficulties

Reading Comprehension Impairment (RCI) is a reading difficulty where someone has the ability to decode words and their meanings, but struggles significantly with comprehension. In this blog post, Dr Sarah McGeown explores RCI and explores what can be done to help.

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Sibeal Pounder: My Top Five Tips for World-building

Witch Wars author Sibeal Pounder is back with her brand new series Bad Mermaids. In this blog post, find out how she goes about creating fictional worlds!

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