Teachers & Librarians

A book case in the library at Craigentinny Primary School

9 Children's and Teen Books You Need to Read, as Chosen by Craigentinny Pupils

In the latest blog post in our Pupils Recommend series, young readers at Craigentinny Primary School tell us about the titles that have gone down a storm in their school.

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One of the 'sweets' created by the pupils, with a tag saying 'Peppermint Planets'

Writing Sweetie-Themed Poems at Comely Park Primary

Primary 6 pupils at Comely Park recently enjoyed a visit from poet Julie Douglas. Find out how Julie got the pupils writing some alliterative, sweetie-themed poetry in this blog post from the pupils.

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A group of secondary pupils gathered around author David Almond

How Boys and Girls Differ as Readers

Do boys and girls differ in their reading skills, reading motivation and reading activities? And to what extent can we draw broad conclusions about a complex and nuanced subject such as gender differences in reading? Literacy researcher Dr Sarah McGeown reveals some interesting research findings.

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Lari Don: How to create riddles with children

Acclaimed children's author Lari Don is back with the second book in her Spellchasers trilogy, The Shapeshifter's Guide to Running Away. The books are full of brain-bending riddles, so we asked Lari for her top tips to help you and your pupils come up with your own riddles.

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Metaphrog Interview: On Graphic Novels and The Little Mermaid

Comic creators Metaphrog are back with a critically acclaimed retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale The Little Mermaid. We caught up with them for a chat about the book, fairy tales, illustration, and what makes a good story.

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8 teen books you need to read, as chosen by Paisley Grammar pupils

In the third instalment of our Pupils Recommend series, Paisley Grammar School pupils tell us the titles that have had them hooked over the previous months! If your school would like to participate, just get in touch!

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Our top five writing resources

Scottish Book Trust has a huge store of free resources created by teachers, librarians and writers. In this blog post we bring you some top picks from our store of writing resources, including two fantastic blog series and a video masterclass from a top children's writer.

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Sarah Mussi

Sarah Mussi's Top Tips for Writing Fantasy

Award-winning author Sarah Mussi is back with Here Be Witches, the second book in the Snowdonia Chronicles. In this blog post, she offers her top tips for creating fantasy worlds and characters.

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Book Fox: 5 YA Thrillers I Can't Wait to Read

This summer is going to be packed with exciting young adult titles. If you're looking for some page-turning action, Claire Forrester, aka The Book Fox, has taken some time off her YouTube vlogging to recommend some fantastic upcoming titles.

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A group of upper primary boys crowding round some comic books

How to Motivate Pupils to Read for Pleasure

Encouraging pupils to read can be challenging, but Dr Sarah McGeown has researched children's reading motivation and engagement extensively and is on hand to share some top tips for inspiring pupils to pick up a book.

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