2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour and, from 19 to 23 March, as part of the all-star anniversary celebrations, best-selling children’s author Julia Donaldson will visit libraries in Dundee, Stirling, Glasgow, the Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway.
Hundreds of school children will take part in the special events with Julia, who has written more than 160 books and is a high profile supporter of libraries.
This will be the second time Julia has joined the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour, following her highly popular tour of libraries in 2012, which was attended by more than 1000 primary school pupils.
Julia Donaldson is a passionate advocate of libraries, and has spoken out on numerous occasions about the importance of librarians and the work they do. In 2016, Julia stated that: “Librarians can put the right books into the right hands. They can be up to date, read a lot themselves, and know the children really well.”
Julia Donaldson will work with Primary 3 to Primary 4 pupils for this year’s tour through an interactive event. Pupils will re-imagine and re-tell a picture book of their choice, designing props, musical accompaniment, songs and rhyme. Following this, Julia will perform her own musical plays and adaptions of her own picture books, making this a unique and memorable opportunity for all involved.
Julia’s first book, A Squash and a Squeeze, was published in 1993, and since then she has become a favourite author of children around the world. Her book, The Gruffalo, has sold over 13 million copies and has been adapted for film and theatre. Her newest title, The Ugly Five, is about a wildebeest, warthog, vulture, hyena and marabou stork that swagger proudly across the savannah, rejoicing in their ugliness.
Two new paperback editions of Julia’s stories, The Everywhere Bear and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday, have also recently been released.
Commenting on the tour, Julia said: “I’m very much looking forward to joining the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour for its 20th anniversary celebrations. The library tour I did in 2012 was one of the highlights of my time as Children’s Laureate, and it was wonderful to watch the invited pupils performing their adaptations of picture books. Those performances were the inspiration for a website I then created, PictureBookPlays. Libraries and drama are still very close to my heart so I’m delighted that in the space of a week I’ll be visiting lots of libraries and watching schoolchildren acting out yet more stories. It’s particularly good to be able to do something to celebrate not just libraries but also librarians, whose jobs these days are sadly often under threat.”
We’re thrilled to have Julia Donaldson back with us on the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour in its 20th anniversary year. For many adults, the local library played a memorable part in their childhood and Julia’s 2018 tour to key libraries in Scotland is sure to make an equally lasting impression on today’s young generation.”
Competition Time with Julia Donaldson
To celebrate Julia’s tour, we are giving away a signed copy of her poetry collection Poems to Perform. This is a wonderful anthology, with poems written by Julia herself, but also other contemporary children’s poets and classics which everyone can enjoy.
To be in with a chance of winning your own signed copy of Poems to Perform, simply answer the question below:
What colour are the Gruffalo’s prickles on his back?
The closing date is Friday 30 March at 5pm. To enter please add your answer as a comment below along with your name and email address. View full terms and conditions here.