Craigour Park Pupils launch their new book

Primary six pupils from Craigour Park Primary School have revealed their new children's book, Liam and the Alien.

Pupils linked up with specialists across publishing, illustration and marketing to write and publish the book.

Aimed at 4-7 year olds, the book will be available for purchase at Blackwell's Book Store on South Bridge and is to be showcased and sold at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival. Liam and the Alien is also set to be available on Amazon.

Carol Cameron, Craigour Park Primary Head Teacher, said:

"This is one of the most inspirational projects that my team and I have ever been involved in. The pupils have shown passion and creativity and have put in a huge effort to make this happen. They have been rewarded with a published book that will go on sale and which will remain in the national archive forever. It's a huge achievement and the whole school is extremely proud."

City Education Leader Cllr Marilyne MacLaren said:

"Liam and the Alien is a triumph and everyone involved should be immensely proud of that they have achieved. The project is a fantastic example of how our schools are using Curriculum for Excellence to develop innovative and exciting ways of ensuring that our pupils get the best possible learning experience."

Published author Natalie Russell came into work with the pupils to support them in the planning and writing stage. Once the structure of the book was in place, Edinburgh College of Art illustration students held a workshop with pupils where they discussed and sketched ideas together.

The illustrators took their ideas away and spent time creating an examples of their images. These were then brought to school for the children to judge and select what they thought would be best for the book. In preparation for the books launch Mary Turner Thomson from White Water publishing visited the class to advise on publishing and marketing planning.

The idea to create the book book was developed through a strong relationship between the school and the 'Moredun Makes it Happen' organisation, which promotes healthy living within the local community.

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