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 reading and writing. Enjoy using the specially developed free teaching resources for all age groups as well as short videos from children's illustrators. Discover our research which provides insights on how the teaching of writing in schools can be complemented by working with illustration.



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Join our Power of Pictures course with Joe Todd-Stanton

CLPE’s Power of Pictures programme is back with a brand new author/illustrator leading the course, Joe Todd-Stanton! Over two and a half days, participants will learn about the craft of picturebook making in developing children as readers and writers with a greater depth of understanding about the writing process.

Power of Pictures programme begins 22 January 2020

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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Upcoming Training

Teaching Reading in Years 5/6

Thursday, 17 October 2019 - 10:30am

Developing Writing in the Early Years

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 - 10:00am

Teaching Reading in Years 1/2

Thursday, 31 October 2019 - 10:00am

Meeting the Needs of More Able Pupils in Year 5/6

Friday, 1 November 2019 - 10:00am

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

    Literacy Leader

  • Poetryline is a fantastic resource which fills a much needed gap.

    Poetryline User

  • Children’s writing has developed immensely and progress has accelerated. Our children now love reading and approach writing bursting with ideas and confidence.

    Headteacher, Power of Reading Project 2016-17