AN ACCLAIMED Scottish children’s author is donating a magical new novel study pack to support cash strapped schools and improve literacy around Scotland, starting in North Ayrshire.

AH Proctor, author of the enchanting Thumble Tumble adventure series set on the Isle of Arran, created a bespoke teaching pack in partnership with North Ayrshire educational experts to ensure that the pack meets all the requirements for their teaching curriculum SHORS.

Speaking on making the pack available to all schools across Scotland, AH Proctor said: “Literacy is a priority for all of our amazing schools in Scotland, but these are tough times, and many are having to use dated materials to support activity because they just don’t have the budget. This breaks my heart. The imagination and creativity that inspires the future generations of authors, playwrights, poets and songwriters, is born from the inspiration and education we discover in our childhood. Indeed, my successful Thumble Tumble adventure series would never have been possible without the magical experiences I had at school as a child.”

“To help make sure that Scotland continues to be a world leader in creativity, I decided to create a new novel study that will give schools the magical key to unlock the most creative minds.”

Through the Novel Study children will discover the magical world of Thumble Tumble - an extraordinary little witch on her many adventures on the Isle of Arran. Aimed at children in primary 4-6, the fun and engaging activities within the pack explore tools for reading, words and phrases, characterisation, listening activities, creating texts and more.

The Thumble Tumble books are highly acclaimed by children, teachers, librarians and leading bookstores. They feature on Scotland’s new National Storybook Trail, published by VisitScotland, alongside such literary greats as Mairi Hedderwick and JK Rowling.

In addition to providing the Novel Study Packs for free, AH Proctor is waving all of her profits for schools who need to buy her books to support the study – this represents a massive 55 per cent saving.

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