Picture books can be a great way to practice inference skills and start class conversations about big topics. Every Puffin Picture Book Inspiration Pack is free to download as a fully editable powerpoint. It includes high resolution images linked to the exercises so you don’t need the book to use these resources.

About Billy and the Dragon

Our fearless heroine Billy is back!  Whilst at a fancy-dress party, something terrible happens: Billy’s loyal sidekick Fatcat is kidnapped by a fire-breathing dragon. Uh-oh! But luckily for Fatcat, Billy won’t stand for that: off she goes on a brave rescue mission . . . Join Billy for a fairytale adventure with a twist.

Class conversation starters:

  • How does a dragon move?
  • What could live at the top of a mysterious mountain?
  • How can illustrators use colours to make you feel differently?

This Inspiration pack includes:

  • A prompt photograph
  • Cover clues
  • High-resolution illustrations from the books
  • Pictures and prompts to develop text and inference skills
  • Exercises to introduce pupils to picture book design and illustration techniques
  • A worksheet to help pupils create their own characters
  • A story makers challenge from the author and illustrator, Nadia Shireen