Teachers & Librarians

Two girls from Duncanrig Secondary School

10 teen books you need to read, as chosen by pupils from Duncanrig Secondary School

Our Pupils Recommend series gives you a great chance to find out what teenagers across the country are reading and enjoying. Check out the latest installment from pupils at Duncanrig Secondary School.

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Jonathan Meres

Jonathan Meres: 5 Tips for Writing from Experience

Jonathan Meres is the author of the hilarious World of Norm series, and he's back with a new book, Mint Choc Chip at the Market Cafe. The book is published by Barrington Stoke, which specialises in super-readable titles that are ideal for less-confident readers. In this blog post, Jonathan talks about how his own experience working on a market stall inspired the new book, and gives his top tips to help young writers 'write what you know'.

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Maz Evans

Maz Evans: Why We Must Care for our Young Carers

Maz Evans is the author of the hugely popular books Who Let the Gods Out? and Simply the Quest. In this post, Maz tells us more about her work with Young Carers across the UK, highlighting the challenges these children face.

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Ciaran Murtagh

Our Author Visit: Serious Fun!

In September, Comely Park Primary School in Falkirk enjoyed a visit from the amazing author and screenwriter Ciaran Murtagh. The Primary 6 class enjoyed themselves so much, they wrote reviews and have retold the story created with Ciaran during the event. Class teacher Katrina Lucas introduces the wonderful pupil reviews.

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A newspaper report inspired by the novel Grass, on display in the classroom

Using an author visit to inspire cross-curricular fun

Inviting a writer in to visit your pupils can be a hugely motivating experience. In this blog post, teacher Leanne Barclay describes how a visit from Cathy MacPhail led to a wide range of cross-curricular activities in the school, including graffiti art, musical compositions, and newspaper reports.

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Children enjoying Authors Live in 2014

Authors Live from the Archives: Lower Primary

Our Authors Live broadcasts feature some of the greatest names in children's writing, illustration and poetry – and they're all available to watch for free on our website. To celebrate reaching 60 broadcasts, we've put together some of our highlights for nurseries and P1-3 classes to enjoy!

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An image from Michael Whaite's book Diggersaurs, featuring the main Diggersaurs characters

Michael Whaite on Diggersaurs

Michael Whaite's debut picture book, Diggersaurs, is ideal for sharing aloud with boys and girls alike, with a fun rhyming story and rich, detailed illustrations. In this interview, Michael tells us more about the book and discusses the importance of books that appeal to both boys and girls.

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young woman writing in a notebook

Celebrating a School Publication of Pupils' Writing

‘The Doon Review’ is a quarterly journal featuring short stories, reviews and illustrations by Doon academy students. To celebrate the magazine's sixth edition, we caught up with library assistant Chris Kelso and some of the pupil contributors to talk about the stories, reviews and artwork appearing in this issue.

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Pupils from Elgin Academy

How to use #ScotTeenBookPrize to enthuse a class about reading - Elgin Academy

In the second of our blog posts about taking part in the Scottish Teenage Book Prize with a class, school librarian Shelagh Toonen and teacher Joanne Havinden explain how they helped a larger amount of pupils take part in the reading and voting.

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A group of teenagers at the launch of the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2018

How to Use #ScotTeenBookPrize to Enthuse a Class About Reading - Clydebank High School

Taking part in the Scottish Teenage Book Prize is a great opportunity for pupils to read and discuss great books, make their voices heard on a national stage and produce creative responses to what they read. Here, school librarian Alison Crawford describes how she liaised with the school's English department to co-ordinate the reading and voting for a class of pupils.

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