Free primary teaching materials and resources from the Power of Pictures project

The Power of Pictures helps primary school teachers to develop their understanding of the craft of picture book creation and illustration as a way of raising children’s achievement in literacy. Enjoy using the specially developed free teaching materials and resources for all age groups as well as short films from children's illustrators.


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Viviane Schwarz showing open book with illustrations

Authors and Illustrators

Meet the author/illustrators have been involved in the Power of Pictures. Find out more their books and their writing processes and see their related video resources.

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Book covers for "Bedtime for monsters" and "Is there a dog in this book" books

Books and Teaching Sequences

The picture books used have been selected carefully to offer variety and draw on different demands of the reader. For each book we have written teaching sequences for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

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Kids drawing

Teaching Approaches

Our creative teaching approaches will help you explore areas with children including developing narratives through drawing and writing and bookmaking.

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Teachers in training led by Benji Davies


Find out how the teaching of writing in schools can be complemented by working with illustration.Our research findings provide fascinating and impactful insights that all those working with children should read and consider.

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Upcoming Training

Planning Creatively Around Texts KS2

Thursday, 28 February 2019 - 10:00am

Developing Early Readers in KS2

Monday, 4 March 2019 - 10:00am

Inspiring Writers KS2

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 - 10:00am

  • I’ve led English for 9 years and I’ve still learnt something new in each session. The best course I’ve ever been on

    Progress and Achievement in Reading training participant

  • CLPE training has had a transformational effect on the engagement of our children in reading and writing.

    Headteacher, 2017

  • Power of Reading is an intrinsic part of our curriculum provision. Ofsted commented on visible progress and pupils’ evident love of reading.

    Headteacher, Power of Reading 2016-2017

  • The CLPE Reading and Writing Scales could transform English pedagogy & assessment. An excellent free resource.

    Dame Alison Peacock

  • The Power of Pictures provides great classroom activities. We are thrilled with the development of our children’s writing.

    Literacy Leader