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

Power of Reading - London

Thursday, 1 November 2018 - 10:00am

Power of Reading - Newcastle

Monday, 5 November 2018 - 10:00am

Power of Reading - Bury

Tuesday, 6 November 2018 - 10:00am

Language and Grammar in a Rich Reading Curriculum

Wednesday, 7 November 2018 - 10:00am

Power of Reading - Liverpool

Friday, 9 November 2018 - 10:00am

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  • 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

  • The project has had a huge impact in the EYFS through use of the books and teaching sequences. It has been instrumental in giving more confidence and inspiration to our teachers.

    Deputy Headteacher, Power of Reading project

  • 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

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