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In July 2015 the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour visited the wilds of Cumbria with Blue Peter award winning author Pamela Butchart.
Find out how Ms Birkett and Mr Hyde, year 4 teachers at Yewdale Primary School, got all of their pupils buzzing about creative writing through a brilliantly bonkers project inspired by Pamela's book Baby Aliens Got My Teacher.

Find out how Amanda Rawlings, teacher at Goodyburn Primary School in Perth and Kinross, used Lucy Hawking's Authors Live broadcast as the starting point for a brilliant project bringing together literacy, art and science.

Find out how Susannah Jefferies, P2 teacher at Carnegie Primary School in Fife, used Chae Strathies Authors Live broadcast as inspiration for a brilliant puppet making project!

Creative writing can be a tricky proposition for teachers who are looking to help pupils really find their voice in an authentic way. Often, the curriculum is focused on the end product and less on developing the writing process, and pupils can end up with pieces of writing which are slightly stilted and cliched as they attempt to satisfy grade related criteria.

With this resource pack (written by children's author Lari Don), you can develop your teaching of writing by focusing on yourself as a writer.

The ability to create and engage with stories can really boost confidence, and these cross-curricular resources will provide you with lots of ideas to create a storytelling classroom!

Choosing literature to introduce children to other cultures can be a challenging task. How do you choose a text which will generate lively discussion, and will provide an informed and rich depiction of its subject? 

The Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with the Etherington Brothers visited schools in North and South Lanarkshire in May 2013. Primary teacher Paula Jeffreys (Ladywell Primary School) used this opportunity to create cross curricular links with both Art and ICT.  

If you're settled on a book for the upcoming term but you're still looking for activities, check out these activities which can be applied to just about any book!

Here are a few key things to know about these resources before you start.

Cowie and St. Madoes Primary schools both used Peter Bently's books as the springboard for some fantastic creative learning. Read about how pupils produced dramatic re-enactments of The Shark in the Dark and created posters for The Tractor Factor talent show based on Farmer Clegg's Night Out!

Making reading a part of everyday life in school can really help to nurture lifelong readers. From nursery right through to secondary, the tried and tested activities and projects in these resources will help encourage reading throughout the whole school.