Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with James Carter
In March 2014 the award winning poet and musician James Carter visited over 1000 pupils in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire as part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour to inspire and engage them in the world of poetry.
James is not only a musician, teacher, writer-in-school and poet but also an author of a number of excellent books including 'Journey to the Centre of my Brain' and 'How to Turn your Teacher Purple'! The schools that we visited were fantastic - many put on performances of either their own poetry or one from James' collection. James delighted the pupils with music from the guitar and piano and performed several of his poems - encouraging the pupils (and teachers!) to join in. "When I say I like...you say.. ELECTRIC GUITARS!"
To find out more you can visit James's website.
Get creative in the classroom with these brilliant teaching resources to accompany James' poems. All poems used in the resource are available for free on James's website!
Case Study Package
During the tour we met some brilliantly creative teachers and we have compiled all of their blogs, tips and resources into one case study package to help inspire reading and writing in the classroom.
Today James Carter came to our school. He has helped me to write longer sentences. I liked it when he read us poems and I got to ask him a question. I would recommend him to other schools! Lucy, 8, Todholm Primary School
I enjoyed it because he was hilarious. He played the guitar and piano and I thought it was amazing when he made the teachers read some of his poems. Jac, 10, Carlibar Primary Campus
I thought this session was very fun and good and also James is good at the guitar. Dylan, 8, Todholm Primary School
I liked: being the chosen one, the guitar music, making a poem and the book signing. Logan, 7, Neilston Primary School
I liked when he played the guitar - it was really fun. Frankie, 8, Carlibar Primary Campus
I loved the James Carter visit. It was GREAT! We done a poem called 'Splish, Splash, Splosh' James carter is a good poet, he is funny too! I love his poems. I k now some of them like 'Hey Little Bug' and 'How to Tutn Your Teacher Purple'. Thank you!! Kaitlin, 7, Cross Arthurlie Primary School
I really liked when we performed our Egyptian dance and song for James and I really liked when we had our picture taken with him. Steven , 7, Neilston Primary School
I liked that he put the poems into the shapes that they were about. It was funny when the teachers read and when he held up a sign that said 'please clap'. Melissa, 10, Carlibar Primary Campus
It inspired me to read some more of his books and has helped me to write some stories and write poems and read them out too. It has helped my language and it has helped my writing skills. I didn't know he played a guitar and I thought he was funny. Mhairi, 8, Todholm Primary School
I think it was really good because we were learning new poems. I think Mr carter was really funny and making our own poem was fun. Mr carter gave us cool tricks to make poems! Soroush, 7, Cross Arthurlie Primary School
It was fun when we helped James write a poem and when he let us buy a book. I liked it when we had our photo taken with him too. Beth, 7, Neilston Primary School
I liked the way James played guitar and I liked his songs. We liked how he read out his poems with lots of expressions. Thomas & Jonathan, 11, St Mary's Primary School
His poems were good and funny, I liked his poems Hey Little Bug and The World of Weird. Kiana, 10, Carlibar Primary Campus
James Carter was very good at playing the guitar and he was funny. We enjoyed listening to the poems - his books were very funny and the front covers were great. Megan & Chloe, 12, St Mary's Primary School
I liked buying books and getting it signed, photos being taken, pyramid poem and rhyming! Cara, 7, Neilston Primary School
I think it was really good because I got a book with his signature on it and he was really funny. His poems were very good - he made a poem with us and it was really funny. I would like him to come again with any new books! Lucy, 7, Cross Arthurlie Primary School
He was very good at playing the instruments and keeping everyone interested. Very funny for younger people - it was good that he got everyone involved. He was very creative and performed well in front of people. Ashleigh & Matthew, 11, St Mary's Primary School
It was very fun because he has a good imagination and he is really good on Keith (his guitar). He is very funny and smart and he knows what sounds good. I think his best poem is 'How to turn your teacher purple'. Niall, 7, Cross Arthurlie Primary School
He was very good at playing the guitar and was an extremely funny comedian. The poems he wrote were amazing, I was not disappointed with this event! My personal favourite parts were when he made the teachers read and when he was playing music. I give this 5/5! Lewis, 10, Carlibar Primary Campus
He played the guitar and piano and read out his poems. We wrote a kenning together and he made our teacher read it out! Darren, 10, Carlibar Primary Campus
I enjoyed the guitar and when he was singing a song. I liked the pyramid poem and making the animal poem. I was glad to be in the photo with everyone. Ismail, 7, Cross Arthurlie Primary School
Brilliant experience. Fantastic guitar playing. Good piano playing. The best visit the school has arranged! Blair, 7, Cross Arthurlie Primary School