Teachers & Librarians

CALL Scotland symbol sheets and the Bookbug Picture Book Prize shortlist

Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2019: Accessible books and symbol resources

Taking part in the Bookbug Picture Book Prize is a great opportunity to build a love of reading from an early age. We provide a lot of resources to help children with communication difficulties explore the books - find out more in this blog post.

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The Humdrum Drum

Colin MacIntyre: Writing My First Picture Book

Musician and author Colin MacIntyre turns his hand to children's fiction in The Humdrum Drum. Hear from him how he came to write his first children's story, from the initial idea to finding a publisher, illustrator and his exciting launch event.

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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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How to take part in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge

The First Minister’s Reading Challenge is an inclusive and flexible project to encourage children and young people to experience the benefits – and the fun – of reading for pleasure. Read on to find out how you can get involved this year!

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Great Gifting Ideas for the Bookbug P1 Family Bag

Every year during Book Week Scotland, Scottish Book Trust sends the Bookbug P1 Family Bag to every P1 child in Scotland. Here teachers from three schools who took part last year tells us about how they made gifting the packs a special occasion

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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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Alan Dapre: Tips for Creating Characters

Porridge the Tartan Cat is back with a 6th book in the series. To celebrate, we asked the book's author, Alan Dapre, to share his top tips to help young writers create believable characters for stories!

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Journeys with Julia: Interdisciplinary Learning at Castleview School

Castleview School in Stirling were our Schools Champions for Julia Donaldson's recent Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour. Inspired by Julia's books, the classes explored the theme of 'Journeys' through fantastic, cross-curricular projects!

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The Great Rebel Booklist!

As part of our annual campaign to get Scotland writing, we are asking primary and secondary pupils across the country to create a piece of personal or collaborative writing inspired by the 2018 theme Rebel. To get your pupils inspired to participate in our writing campaign, why not explore rebels and rebellion by reading one of the books below with your class, specially selected by Jim Taylor from Lighthouse, Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop?

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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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