Scottish Book Trust

David Almond, award-winning author of Skellig and A Song for Ella Grey, shares his top tips on turning a messy imagination into neat and tidy printed pages.

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.

Chris Riddell, author, illustrator and current Children's Laureate, shares his three Ws for getting past the stumbling blocks of starting stories. 



This lesson plan and resource challenges you and your pupils to undertake a Reading Dare! To motivate pupils to read, it's important to try and create a personal reading journey for them; this lesson plan can increase their awareness of their likes and dislikes, as well as their knowledge of the diverse range of books available.

Find out how teachers at Elgin Academy used Juno Dawson's Authors Live event as the starting point for an interdisciplinary project tackling mental health stigma.

In May 2016 the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour took author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre to the Highlands.

Elizabeth Wein, writer of award-winning historical fiction novel Code Name Verity, give her top tips for researching and writing historical fiction.

Sarah McIntyre, author and illustrator of the brilliant 'Pugs of the Frozen North', co-written by Phillip Reeve, gives her top tips on drawing the stars of her book - pugs! Watch Sarah's top tips and then have a go at drawing one yourself! 



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.

Darkmouth is the award-winning debut novel from Shane Hegarty, and it's a must for any fans of rough and tumble fantasy adventure! These learning resources will help you explore the book with pupils in a variety of creative ways, including adapting scenes into comic format and making stop motion animations.