Strategic Aim 3 states:

"School Libraries in Scotland are central to education for all ages, develop a culture for reading for pleasure, offer literacy and numeracy support for Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) settings through primary and secondary schools, and enable opportunities for family learning."


Tips & book recommendations
Creative activities for all ages
Structured lessons & collections
Online writing exercises
The National Library's Learning Zone
Newspaper articles from all major titles
The Authors Live initiative
Personalised online practice

Book Trust

Book Trust is the UK's largest children's reading charity. Every year it reaches nearly 4 million children across the UK with books, resources and support. On their website you can find find book recommendations and gain some helpful tips.

British Library

With the British Library you can explore children's books, learning about stories, poems and illustrations that have been created over centuries. You can also access lots of creative activities for children of all ages, including making your own superhero or pop-up book.  

Children's Authors & illustrators

Many children's authors and illustrators perform read aloud sessions through websites or on social media. Below you will find a selection of what's available.

  • We Are Teachers - The We Are Teachers website has created a bank of virtual author activities. 
  • Authorfy - Offers a good selection of author videos and cross-curricular schemes of work.

Children's Poetry Archive

The Children's Poetry Archive aims to inspire a love of poetry in children. On their website you will find resources including structured lessons and curated collections which provide new and exciting ways of exploring poetry.  

Creative Spark

This series of online creative writing exercises was created by Glasgow's Women's Library and inspired by Muriel Spark. There are plenty of exercises to choose from to help writing techniques.

National Library of Scotland

Discover, explore and learn with the National Library of Scotland's Learning Zone. The website covers everything from literature and creativity to science and technology, politics and exploration.

NLA Newspapers for Scotland

NLA's free Newspapers for Schools archive holds newspaper articles from all major national titles, as well as many regional papers. Teachers at licensed schools are eligible to set up a free account, search the database going back to 2006, and access relevant clippings to share with students:

Scottish Book Trust

The Scottish Book Trust gives children and young people the chance to watch authors read extracts from their books through their Authors Live initiative. They have pages of Authors Live events to choose from.


Sumdog provides engaging and personalised maths and spelling practice. Aimed at children between five and 14-years-old, you can access resources and multi-player games which are aligned to all major curricula.