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Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour: Let's Talk About Our Environment

Around the table discussion about environmental issues with three incredible authors and eco-friendly publisher Ivy Press.

Collage of authors Jess French, Catherine Rayner and Isabella Tree

Applications to join this event live are now closed. Don't worry if you didn't sign up – we'll share a video recording to our on demand library (this will open in a new window)after the event has taken place so you can catch up later.

As our environment-themed tour draws to a close, we bring together eco-minded authors and publishers to share their experience, knowledge and stories from their time writing books and teaching people what they can do to help fight climate change and protect our world.

In this interactive talk and Q&A, your pupils will learn about environmental issues and what we can do to make a difference, as well as having the chance to ask our authors their burning questions. We'll also get a behind the scenes look at how sustainable books are made.

So who are our guests?

Bestselling author Abi Elphinstone is a real-life adventurer. From living with the Kazakh Eagle Hunters in Mongolia, to kayaking through Norwegian fjords, Abi will be talking about the real-life adventures in the natural world that are the inspirations behind her magical stories. We will also hear how the impact of the climate crisis has found it's way into the magical realms she creates.

Isabella Tree is the bestselling author and award-winning rewilding pioneer whose own experience of rewilding her estate at Knepp has influenced conservation techniques around the world that are bringing nature back to the countryside and bringing threatened species back from the brink. She will share her hopes that this story of nature healing itself will inspire children with a sense of hope and optimism for the future.

Jess French is presenter of Minibeast Adventure with Jess on CBeebies, who knows all there is to know about different forest types around the world, what makes each of them precious and unique and the causes, effects and solutions to deforestation and what YOU can do to help.

Isabella Tree's When We Went Wild and Jess French's book Let's Save The World: Forests are printed by Ivy Press who print books sustainably using eco-processes. We'll also be joined by Ivy Kids publisher, Georgia Amson-Bradshaw, who will tell us how it all works, we'll get a look inside the eco-printer, Severn where their books are made and find out how the book industry can become a more eco-friendly place.

This live virtual event will go ahead with a limited schools audience. A recording of the event will be shared on our website to watch on demand.

Find out more about Abi Elphinstone(this will open in a new window), Isabella Tree(this will open in a new window) and Jess French(this will open in a new window)

When: Friday 1 October

Who: Primary schools

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Cost: Fully funded

Audience: P5–7 (ages 9–12)

Audience size: 10–30 (smaller or larger groups are welcome to apply)

Deadline: Friday 17 September 2021 at 12 noon

To take part in this event please make sure you have access to:

1. Large screen with ability to receive video calls including speakers and microphone

2. High speed internet to accommodate video streaming

If you have any questions or comments please contact thomas.jefferson@scottishbooktrust.com(this will open in a new window).