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A Small Tale: A Teacher-Led Adventure is a literacy project for primary schools, led by the teacher in the classroom.

Trapped inside the pages of a dusty old book, two tiny people are itching for adventure. If you find a book mysteriously moved or fallen from the shelves of your local library, you might wonder if they are near…

The teacher and their class read a mysterious old picture book about two mischievous and messy tiny people with a love of stories. But when they return to the book the following day the pages are all blank, except for two sets of tiny footprints… they discover that the tiny characters have escaped. Will the pupils be able to get them back to safety, before it’s too late?

The project takes place across seven days which can be broken up over two weeks. It can be delivered multiple times with the same set of assets and resources.


Project aims

A Small Tale aims to:

  • Inspire and develop imaginative teaching practices for literacy; placing the teacher at the centre of the creativity
  • Engage pupils with books and stories
  • Inspire a love of writing
  • Raise standards in reading, speaking and listening

Teachers are given all the tools to lead a creative learning project for their pupils.

Download the teacher pack to find out more.


Who is it for?

This project is suitable for a class or a year group in years 1 – 4.


If you’d like to find out more about A Small Tale, please contact
[email protected].


A Small Tale as a legacy project for The Lost Lending Library

A Small Tale works both as a stand alone project and a legacy project for The Lost Lending Library.
The dusty old picture book that the whole project is based on is later discovered to have originally been withdrawn from a ‘mysterious library’ which disappeared as quickly as it appeared. This will be assumed to be The Lost Lending Library by children and teachers who have experienced this project and can then continue and reinforce the magic of the library after it has left the school.

This project had a big impact on reluctant writers.

– Year 3/4 Teacher, 2016
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Creative Team

  • Director & Writer

    Tara Boland

  • Designer

    Kirsty Harris

  • Illustrator

    Grace Brennan

  • Graphic Design

    James Wright


I had pages of writing from children who usually struggle to put pen to paper.

– Year 3 Teacher, 2016

The children were very keen to write about where they thought the characters might be, with lots of original ideas and good quality writing.

– Year 3 Teacher, 2016

This project was brilliant. My colleague and I were so excited about teaching the lessons and the resources that were provided were outstanding! Thank you. The props were of such a high quality, totally believable and easy to set up. It was a pleasure to teach and reminded me why I became a teacher.

– Year 2 Teacher, 2016
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