Julia Donaldson's tour blog

Read Julia's day by day blog about the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour

The tour took place in libraries across Scotland between 9th and 19th September 2012.

Day 1 - Sunday 9th September

John O'Groats & Inverness

After so many months of preparation, at last I have set off on my 6-week library tour. All the props have been packed, and instructions have been written for the neighbours who are to feed our cat Goblin. Read more...

Day 2 - Monday 10th September

Thurso & Hillhead

Thurso Library was a grand building with pillars, though cosy and welcoming inside. Two schools performed stories to us: Melvich Primary did “Rumbles in the Jungle”, with great jungle scenery painted onto cardboard boxes, and trees made out of poster tubes. Read more...

Day 3 - Tuesday 11th September

Fort William & Aviemore

Fort William library was quite modern and included an area devoted to the Macmillan cancer charity. Like yesterday, we got a big welcome from the staff and schools. Caol Primary did an excellent performance of the “What the Ladybird Heard” song. Read more...

Day 4 - Wednesday 12th September


A much bigger event today, at Elgin Library, which is set in a lovely park with a pond and a playground. The large and well-stocked library also houses an information centre and houses exhibitions by local artists and craftsmen. Read more...

Day 5 - Thursday 13th September

Peterhead & Inverurie

Peterhead Library is quite small and quaint. You are greeted by a giant polar bear, and upstairs there is a little local museum with wonderful old sepia photos of fishing boats in the harbour and horse-drawn carts in the high street. Read more...

Days 6 to 8 - Friday14th to Sunday 16th September

Stirling, Glasgow & Dunoon

This morning we did a big show in the MacRobert Centre – a proper theatre in the grounds of Stirling University. About 450 children were there, so that the book signing afterwards took two and a half hours! Read more...

Day 9 - Monday 17th September

Dunoon & Helensburgh

Dunoon library is about 15 years old – a purpose-built cheerful and cosy bungalow. Three schools performed for us here. First of all some special needs children from Dunoon Primary did The Gruffalo’s Child with an inflatable tent as the Gruffalo cave. Read more...

Day 10 - Tuesday 18th September

Castle Douglas & Newton Stewart

Castle Douglas library is 108 years old, the oldest one in the Dumfries and Galloway area. It’s small but extremely busy – probably the most bustling one we’ve been in. It was hard to carve out a performance space without overlapping with the counter. Read more...

Day 11 - Wednesday 19th September

Hawick & Galashiels

Hawick library is really impressive – a stately and roomy Victorian building with arches and stained glass. I was delighted to see there was a separate children’s room, instead of the children being squeezed into a section of the adult area. Read more...