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Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour

The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour brings authors, illustrators and a variety of other creative practitioners to schools, libraries and public venues.

The tour hosts fully-funded events with authors, illustrators, poets, storytellers and other creative practitioners in every local authority in Scotland to inspire a love of reading, writing and illustration in schools. The tour also visits schools in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Previous tours included Julia Donaldson, Chris Riddell, Joseph Coelho, Pamela Butchart and David Almond.

Following the announcement from Scottish Government about the latest COVID-19 restrictions the virtual author tours planned for January – March will go ahead with a limited schools audience. These live events will be available to watch on demand. Applications will be open to anyone who wants to join live.

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Connected: Polar

This January, the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour will visit our planet’s frozen polar regions. Five days of brrrrrilliant virtual events will transport young people to our planet's most mysterious and isolated regions. Discover the stories of daring explorers, the secrets of climate science and the habitats of some of our favourite polar animals through a mix of live events, unique videos and interactive Q&A sessions.

Connected: Space

In February, The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour prepares to boldly go where no book tour has ever been before. Four days, four out-of-this-world virtual events telling the stories of daring space adventures and asking ‘is there anybody out there?’ through science fact and fiction.

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Connected: Continents (March 2021)

Buckle up for a round the world adventure packed with live events and videos with amazing talks, activities and interactive Q&A from unique, inspiring locations.

Watch videos from authors and illustrators we've worked with before(this will open in a new window)

Video Celebrating 20 years of the Scottish Children's Book Tour

Scottish Friendly Assurance

Scottish Friendly have been sponsoring the tour for over 20 years(this will open in a new window) and they continue to offer support to the touring programme. We reach an average of 6,000 children every year in a vast range of different communities, from rural schools with 8 pupils in Mouswald to a 2000 seat theatre.

Scottish Friendly Assurance is a progressive and modern financial services group, who have been around for over 150 years. It provides investors and families with a wide range of financial products. You can find out more about Scottish Friendly on their website(this will open in a new window).