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Activity ideas to help your pupils explore themes of space exploration and home

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.

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. 

Ainsley Rogers, Primary 4 class teacher from Castleton Primary School in Castlemilk, Glasgow, took part in our Schools Champion programme in 2017. Inspired by Nicola Davies' Authors Live event, Ainsley's class explored the ocean during an excellent, cross-curricular project.

Scottish writer John Fardell has proved a firm favourite with young readers ever since The 7 Professors of the Far North was published in 2004! His picture books, Manfred the Baddie and The Day Louis Got Eaten, were voted by children as Scotland's favourite picture books in 2009 and 2012. This resource will help you explore these two books, plus two of John's chapter books, in the classroom.

Sky Dancer by Gill Lewis is a beautiful story which celebrates animal rights, and is the perfect opportunity to introduce your pupils to questions about our relationship with nature. Check out our resource for some great cross-curricular learning activity suggestions.

Abi Elphinstone's book, The Night Spinner, is the final book in a thrilling trilogy which began with The Dreamsnatcher. It's a captivating fantasy novel which has proved a smash hit with children across the country! In this resource you'll find a range of fun, cross-curricular activities inspired by the novel. Even if you don't own a copy, there are transferrable ideas in here which you can apply to other books.

Emily Gravett's award-winning and innovative books have been delighting children and parents ever since the publication of the groundbreaking Wolves in 2005. In this resource, you'll find lots of creative, cross-curricular activity ideas to explore Dogs, Monkey and Me and Tidy.

Lari Don is emerging as one of Scotland's most exciting writers for children, with fiction ranging from picture books to gritty YA sci-fi. Here, you'll find resources inspired by her children's books First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts and The Beginner's Guide to Curses, as well as her provocative teen book Drawing a Veil which explores the freedom to express religious beliefs.

In March 2016 children's author and environmentalist Christiane Dorion visited primary schools in Inverclyde, West Lothian and Dundee as part of the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour.

Find out how Christiane's visit inspired P5 pupils at St Mary's Primary School in Inverclyde to create their own non-fiction pop-up books as part of a a brilliant cross-curricular project.

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