About Texts4Teachers

This blog contains a collection of useful texts for use in the primary school classroom. It has been compiled primarily for my PGCE studies – so I have everything in one place – but hopefully it will grow to become a useful resource for anyone who is interested in using these texts in the classroom.

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General teaching resources for texts:

Groups and associations:

The Book Trust: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/

UK Literacy Association: https://ukla.org/

Scottish Book Trusthttp://www.scottishbooktrust.com/

Write Away: http://www.writeaway.org.uk/

Teaching resources and downloads:

Books for topicshttps://www.booksfortopics.com/

Literacy Shed: home to a wealth of short films and animations and related teaching ideas: http://www.literacyshed.com/

The Word Pool book review site – organises review by topic and theme: http://ukchildrensbooks.co.uk/ 

Michael Thorn founded this site 20 years ago! Dedicated to children’s literature and the go-to place for children’s books news and features about authors: http://www.achuka.co.uk/

Scottish Book Trust – turning picture books into drama opportunities (download): performing_picture_books_1

Penguin teaching guides: http://www.penguin.com/services-shared/teachersguides/

British Council using picture books for English Language Teaching: https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/picture-books-all

Film

Guide to teaching with film from the British Film Institute: http://www.bfi.org.uk/sites/bfi.org.uk/files/downloads/bfi-education-look-again-teaching-guide-to-film-and-tv-2013-03.pdf

Poetry

The Poetry Archive is a place where everyone can listen to poetry. The idea for it came from Andrew Motion (Poet Laureate) and Richard Carrington (recording producer): https://www.childrenspoetryarchive.org

Roald Dahl resources and downloads:

Birthday Party Pack 2017 (download): Roald Dahl pack

Teaching resources from RoaldDahl.com http://www.roalddahl.com/create-and-learn/teach/teach-the-stories

Best children’s books lists:

List of book by famous authors: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/the-50-books-every-child-should-read-2250138.html

https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/apr/03/best-childrens-books-of-all-time-international-childrens-books-day

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/childrens-books/100-best-childrens-books-of-all-time/

http://time.com/100-best-childrens-books/

List of books that tackle specific issues, such as death, divorce, sleep problems, sibling rivalry etc: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/workinpsychiatry/faculties/childandadolescent/generalinformation/booksforyoungerchildren.aspx

Top 18 comic books for children:  http://comicbooks.about.com/od/buyingcomics/tp/toptenkids.htm

Others:

http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/activity-types/book

https://justimaginestorycentre.co.uk/

http://justimagine.co.uk/resources/

http://picturebookmonth.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Picture-Book-MonthTeachers-Guide.pdf