Teachers & Librarians

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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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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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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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Anna Grant with six P7 librarians

Appointing P7 Librarians at Craigentinny Primary School

Giving pupils ownership and a voice is one of the most powerful ways to create a reading culture in school. In this blog post, trainee teacher Anna Grant describes how Craigentinny Primary School turned around their ailing library by appointing P7 librarians.

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13 Books You Need to Read, Chosen by Forfar Academy Pupils

In the second of our pupil recommendation blogs, Forfar Academy step up to the plate. Read on for a diverse range of recommendations from fantasy to horror and mystery, as well as a golden oldie!

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Children's illustrator Frank Rodgers

Drawing Tips from a Children's Illustrator

Children's illustrator Frank Rodgers has just launched an exciting new YouTube channel with free illustrations classes for children and adults.Here, Frank tells us more about the channel, and gives five top tips to get you started in illustration activities.

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Exploring the Stories of Refugees Through Art and Drama

Find out how Greenfaulds High School used Alpha, a graphic novel about a young man's desperate journey from Northern Africa to Europe, as inspiration for a cross-curricular project exploring the stories of refugees through art and drama.

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Teacher interview: Diane Anderson on the Impact of Scots in the Classroom

Secondary teacher Diane Anderson is a huge advocate of Scots in the classroom, having previously worked for Education Scotland to enhance learning and teaching in Scots. In this interview, Diane talks about the potential of Scots to impact on attainment and reading for pleasure, as well as giving her top tips for teachers new to Scots.

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Maria Turtschaninoff

Maria Turtschaninoff on Writing Naondel

Maria Turtschaninoff is the author of The Red Abbey Chronicles, a dark and exciting YA series exploring a young girl's fight against a patriarchal society. It's a deep and absorbing feminist read, but also a fast-paced and thrilling one, and it's picked up a huge audience across the globe. In this interview, Maria talks about writing Naondel, the second book in the series.

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