From Tuesday 20 to Friday 23 September, the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour will visit primary schools across Orkney and Shetland with author and illustrator Tom Percival.
Tom Percival is the author and illustrator of many popular picture books about wellbeing, including Ruby's Worry, Dream Defenders and The River. His events will focus on drawing and exploring feelings and emotions.
Over 400 P1–P4 pupils will take part in the tour, with more children across the UK able to join in online. The tour will also visit Orkney Library, Shetland Museum and Wordplay Festival.
Tom will share some of his stories with pupils and show children, through his beautiful, thought-provoking stories, how to understand and look after emotions and feelings. He will also lead interactive activities on drawing emotions and share some of the innovative illustration processes behind his books.
Tom Percival commented:
'I'm incredibly excited to have been asked to work with Scottish Book Trust on this tour. I've visited Scotland a lot over the last few years, both with my work and on holiday, and I've always thoroughly enjoyed myself. I can't wait to visit all these schools and to help to get the children excited about reading, drawing, creativity and emotional awareness.'
Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust said:
'Our Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour has visited schools all over Scotland and it is wonderful to be back in schools and libraries across Orkney and Shetland. Wellbeing is an increasingly important topic which Tom will help pupils explore through his stories. We hope the children enjoy both joining in with the interactive activities and having an author in their school. Paper and pencils at the ready!'
The Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour is supported by Scottish Friendly and organised by Scottish Book Trust, the national charity transforming lives through reading and writing. During the pandemic, the tour was delivered virtually throughout classrooms in Scotland. A library of educational watch on demand video content from the digital tours is available and has already been viewed over 100,000 times.
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Tour itinerary (events last 1 hour)
Tuesday 20 September
- 10:30 School Event at Orkney Library with Glaitness and Papdale Primary Schools
- 14:00 School event at St Andrews Primary School, with Burray Primary School attending
Wednesday 21 September
- 11:00 School Event at Sandwick Primary School
- 13:45 School Event at Ollaberry Primary School
Thursday 22 September
- 09:45 School Event at Mid Yell Junior High School
- 13:30 School Event at Baltasound Junior High School
Friday 23 September
- 10:00 School Event at Shetland Museum with Sound, Dunrossness and Tingwall Primary Schools (also live streaming to schools across UK)
- 13:00 Public Event at Mareel for Wordplay Literary Festival
N.B. For any photographers who wish to attend, they may only take photos at the end of the events so may prefer to arrive towards the end of the session.
About Scottish Friendly
Scottish Friendly is one of the UK's largest mutual life offices. At Scottish Friendly we believe saving and investing should be for everyone, which is why we offer a range of affordable investment and savings products to help individuals and their families achieve their financial goals.
Scottish Friendly has sponsored the programme for the past 20 years, touring some of the finest children's authors and illustrators including former Waterstones Children's Laureates Chris Riddell, Malorie Blackman, Michael Rosen, Michael Morpurgo and Jacqueline Wilson as well as Melvin Burgess, Steve Cole, Michael Morpurgo and Sophie McKenzie.
Scottish Book Trust
Scottish Book Trust is a national charity that believes everyone living in Scotland should have equal access to books. Our work provides opportunities to improve life chances through books and the fundamental skills of reading and writing. Access to books and a love of books bring many important benefits from family bonding and advancing children’s learning, to unlocking creativity, helping employability and improving mental health & well-being. Scottish Book Trust aims to support all communities across Scotland, with particular focus on those who are vulnerable and under-represented.
Our programmes and outreach work include:
- Gifting books to every child in Scotland to ensure families of all backgrounds can share the joy of books at home, through Bookbug and Read Write Count
- Working with teachers to inspire children to develop a love of reading, creating innovative classroom activities, book awards and author events such as Authors Live with the BBC and our Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour
- Supporting and nurturing Scotland's wide-ranging literary talent, both emerging and established through our training, awards and writing opportunities including New Writers Awards
- Creating events to share books and connect writers with communities, including Book Week Scotland
- Providing support to people living with dementia, and their carers, through Reading is Caring
In addition to the funding we receive from the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland, we need the constant support of trusts and foundations, corporate sponsors and individual donors.
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