Ideas to introduce poetry to P4-7 pupils in an exciting and creative way.

In March 2018, the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour took the former Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson back on the road as part of our 20th Anniversary Tour celebrations.

Deanna Rodger is one of the most acclaimed spoken word artists on the UK scene, and her work covers a lot of important ground including national identity and technology. This resource will give you some different ideas to explore Deanna's poems and get your pupils writing some of their own.

To celebrate Book Week Scotland 2016, Scottish Book Trust took Scottish Hip-Hop artist Dave Hook from Stanley Odd to schools across Scotland! Dave visited 300 pupils at 10 schools to engage teenagers in innovative approaches to reading and creative writing. 

In July 2017, poet and literary critic Theresa Munoz visited secondary schools in Teesside, Middlesbrough and Darlington on the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour.

Theresa Munoz, poet and literary critic, gives her top tips for getting started in poetry. 

A resource inspired by the work of poet Theresa Munoz, this resource explores themes of travel and technology.

If you want to reframe pupils' perceptions of poetry and capitalise on the rich use of language found in hip hop, this resource will help you use the music of Stanley Odd and other spoken word acts in your classroom or library. Stanley Odd are one of Scotland's top hip hop acts and have been instrumental in endowing the Scottish hip hop scene with credibility, giving Scottish regional accents their place on the world hip hop stage. This resource will help you explore spoken word texts and provides the option for pupils to compose their own.

Writing can be a challenge for some pupils, but with this resource you'll find tried and tested approaches from teachers across the country to help get every pupil writing. These activiies and projects showcase the best of innovative practice taken from Scottish Book Trust's Teachers and Librarians blog, and will help you embrace the wider text to change pupils' perceptions of what writing can be. There are also ideas to help utilise technology, and advice from top writers which you can pass on to your pupils.

Find out how Jennifer Horan, Network Librarian at Kemnay Academy in Aberdeenshire, used Jackie Kay's Authors Live broadcast as inspiration for a brilliant performance poetry project with her young writers group.