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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: Continents

In March, The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour is travelling across the continents for our new series of digital events. Buckle up for a round the world adventure packed with live events and videos with amazing talks, activities and interactive Q&As from unique and inspiring locations. We've got six brilliant events planned for our Connected: Continents series. Find out more and apply by clicking the links below.

A limited schools audience will be selected for the live virtual events. We'll then share recordings to our on demand library for everyone to watch.

How to apply

Video Celebrating 20 years of the Scottish Friendly 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).