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, Alex Wheatle, Joseph Coelho, and Cressida Cowell.
- Victoria Williamson, virtual event – Thursday 5 October 2023 (S1–3)
- Joseph Elliott, virtual event – Friday 3 November 2023 (ages 11–14)
- Hiba Noor Khan, in person event – 4–8 March 2024 (S1–S2)
We also regularly partner with Keep Scotland Beautiful, find out more about upcoming Keep Scotland Beautiful eventson their website.
As well as running school events, the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour also runs storytelling sessions and author visits in hospitals in Scotland.
Find out more about our hospital visits
Scottish Friendly Assurance
Scottish Friendly Assurance has been sponsoring the tour for over 20 years. Through its support, The Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour reaches an average of 6,000 children every year in a vast range of communities, from rural schools with as few as 8 pupils to 2,000 seat theatres. Scottish Friendly Assurance is a progressive and modern financial services group, which has 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.