Scottish Book Trust is a national, independent charity, celebrating its 25th anniversary. There have been so many highlights over the past 25 years – below is a snapshot of some of our favourite milestones and achievements.


A hand writing in a notebook with another book and tablet nearby on the table
- Hannah Olinger

Scottish Book Trust is founded


Cressida Cowell holding her glasses and a book, talking to an audience of pupils. A projector and Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour sign in the background
- Alasdair Watson

The Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour hits the road for the first time


A group shot of the New Writers Awardees 2024
- Rob McDougall

The New Writers Awards launches to support talented writers in the early stages of their careers


Bookbug in Scottish Book Trust's garden, holding a book called Hello and waving to the camera
- Chris Scott

Bookbug is born!

- Martin Shields

Authors Live launches with Michael Rosen, in partnership with BBC Scotland Learning


A panel of speakers sitting around a table on a stage. Behind them, the screen reads 'Scotland's Stories: Tales from the people of Scotland'
- Alasdair Watson

The first Book Week Scotland takes place


Pupils opening their Read Write Count bags and writing on the activity sheets
- Chris Scott

Read Write Count bags are gifted to P2 and P3 children


A group of people gathered around tablets and notebooks

Our first Digital Storytelling workshops take place


Scots Language Publication Grant book cover collage

The Scots Language Publication Grant launches to support work written in or translated into Scots


A elderly woman looking at a book with her husband
- Martin Shields

Reading is Caring is created to support people living with dementia and their carers


Two people in lanyards putting perishable food and picture books on a table, smiling
- Alan Richardson

We gift books to children and families in need via food banks through our Christmas appeal


A group of pupils with their Reading Schools trophy
- Alasdair Watson

Reading Schools opens to all schools in Scotland, building the benefits of reading cultures


Two pupils writing at a table and laughing with a visiting author in the library
- Fraser Napier

Live Literature turns 50! We've run the programme for half of its lifetime