Literacy and English

Emily Mackenzie's picture book Eric makes a Splash has been shortlisted for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2019. You can hear Emily read the story in full in this video, and there's also a fun little activity for your pupils to do at the end.

These resources will be a fantastic help to any teacher of pupils who experience communication difficulties. The symbol sheets will help pupils discuss the three shortlisted titles for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2019 and vote for their favourite. There are also activity sheets to help pupils do some of the activities in the main Bookbug Picture Book Prize learning resources.

This resource has been designed to help teachers and librarians use the three shortlisted books to inspire cross-curricular learning activities. You'll also find some great song and rhyme suggestions for each book, and a book list related to each title.

This guide by Linda Cracknell will help your pupils explore and develop their creative writing. From tips for exploring characters and setting to shaping a story and refining their work, this resource will develop key skills for expressing themselves.

This resource will give you and your pupils great activity ideas to try with any book. From designing a board game, to holding a balloon debate, to creating a video diary, this resource will help your pupils also to not only enjoy the books they are reading, but to gain a deeper understanding of the text.

These resource sheets are designed for early years staff to support the Bookbug Explorer Bag. We hope that the resource sheets for each of the books will provide inspiration for cross-curricular learning activities. 

The Scottish Teenage Book Prize can help you inspire pupils to read for pleasure, and this resource will help you plan fun, cross-curricular activities based on the books. Whether you're looking for activities to do in library book groups or in the classroom, we hope there's something for you here!

John Young's Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist, a story of adventure, travel and friendship, has been shortlisted for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2019. Watch this video to find out more about how John came up with the book and pick some top writing tips.

Kerr Thomson's adventure novel The Rise of Wolves has been shortlisted for the 2019 Scottish Teenage Book Prize. Watch this video to hear Kerr reading from the book and find out more about what inspired the story, as well as picking up his top tips for writing.

Susan Wilson's novel The Extinction Trials is a thrilling fantasy adventure set in a future where dinosaurs and humans roam the planet together, and it has been shortlisted for the 2019 Scottish Teenage Book Prize. Watch this video to find out more about how Susan wrote the book and hear her read from a chapter.