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Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour

2019 marks the 21st anniversary of The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour in partnership with the Scottish Book Trust

Why is children's literacy important?

For 21 years, The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour has supported the Scottish Book Trust on their mission to help improve children’s literacy. Initially touring within Scotland and more recently throughout the UK the programme focuses on deprived communities and remote areas with top authors visiting schools across Scotland and the rest of UK to help encourage a love for reading, writing and illustration.

Recent statistics highlight the need for literacy support within deprived areas – for instance, by school age, children from low income families are 12 months behind their contemporaries from higher income backgrounds in vocabulary. It is further estimated that 3 in 10 children within the UK do not own books. Together, we seek to help tackle these issues and give children a brighter future.

Since the tour began in 1998, we have seen 100,000 children across 1081 schools – that’s enough children to fill Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall 50 times! We have successfully toured 89 authors including Julia Donaldson, Jaqueline Wilson, Steve Cole and Michael Morpurgo and by the end of 2016 we reached 37% of the 2524 schools in Scotland.

2018 tour highlights

All Aboard the Jamboree Special

The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour Jamboree took place at the city’s Royal Concert Hall in 2018 to mark the 20th anniversary of the tour. 2,000 P4-P7 pupils from 22 local authorities were treated to a free, fun-filled day of reading, writing and drawing. Appearing at the event were: Jacqueline Wilson, author of Tracy Beaker; Chris Riddell, former Children’s Laureate; Cressida Cowell, author of How to Train Your Dragon; The Etherington Brothers, creators of comic Money Nuts; and Pamela Butchart, author of The Spy Who Loves School Dinners.

We’ve a great video of the event – check it out by clicking on the image above.

Take a look at where the tour visited on it's 20th anniversary

Find out about each of the tours on the 20th Anniversary of the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour. Read more about each of the author's tours by clicking on the links below.

Read more on John's tour in Northern Ireland which took place in January.

Read more on Julia's tour of the South of Scotland which took place in March.

Read more on Nicola's tour of Argyll & Bute, Highlands and Western Isles which took place in May.

Read more on Chae's tour of Bradford which took place in June.

How did it all begin?

A look back over the last 20 years of the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour and where it all began.


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