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Nicola Davies

This September the fantastic zoologist and children’s author Nicola Davies will be touring Argyll & Bute with the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour. We will be visiting ten primary schools for a week of events focussing on the natural world.

Nicola has travelled the world studying all sorts of amazing animals including chameleons in Madagascar, turtles in the Seychelles, walruses in the Arctic and, most recently, sperm whales in the Caribbean. Nicola’s fiction and non-fiction writing for children reflects her passion for natural history and over the course of the week she will be exciting and inspiring 600 primary school pupils with fascinating facts and stories of animals in the wild.

We will keep you updated throughout the tour with stories, pictures and videos from the road. In the meantime you can find out more about Nicola in our Author Facts, browse the Book Recommendations, and enter our Competition for a chance to win a signed and dedicated copy of one of Nicola’s books!

Author Factfile

Nicola’s first job was studying geese in Scotland.

For her eighth birthday Nicola was given her first pair of binoculars, they were so big that she couldn’t hold them steady!

Nicola was one of the original presenters of BBC’s ‘The Really Wild Show’.

Competition Time!

For a chance to win a signed and dedicated copy of one of Nicola’s books just answer this simple question:

What animals did Nicola study in the Arctic?

a) Horses
b) Penguins
c) Walruses
d) Aliens

The closing date is Wednesday 23 September. To enter please add your answer as a comment below along with your name and email. Read the full terms and conditions here.

On the Bookshelf

The Promise

The Promise

On a mean street, in a mean town a young thief snatches an old woman’s bag. But inside she finds something more precious than money, something that changes her life, and sets her on a new path.

Inspired by the story of the lone tree planter Elsiar Bouffier, in Jean Giono’s ‘The Man Who Planted Trees’, The Promise is a very, very special picture book with an important message for children and adults of all ages.

Whale Boy

Whale Boy

An exciting story with a beautiful tropical island setting, about friendship with a wild whale ‘Whale Boy’ is also about love, and how, when you love someone or something, you’ll do whatever it takes to protect it.


Poo! A Natural History of the Unmentionable

Hippos navigate by it, sloths keep in touch using it, rabbits eat it and most grownups prefer not to mention it at all! However you look at it, poo is probably the most useful stuff on the planet. Find out where it goes, what it’s for and what we can learn from it, in this book, with the help of Neal Layton’s wonderfully funny, fabulously funky illustrations.

Keep up to date

You can keep up to date with Nicola’s tour on Facebook and Twitter. And you can find out more about the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour here.

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