Summer’s here and so, just about, is our Jamboree!

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Children from 73 schools in central Scotland and beyond are bursting with excitement this week.  It’s not just because summer has arrived and they are anticipating their summer holidays.  It’s because they can’t wait for the highlight event of the 20th Anniversary of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour!

Award-winning authors and illustrators will descend on Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall for the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour Jamboree. On Wednesday 6 June, around 2000 P4-P7 pupils from 22 local authorities will be treated to a fun-filled day of reading, writing and drawing.

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Children’s Book Tour, which is sponsored by Scottish Friendly, one of the UK’s leading financial mutuals, and organised by Scottish Book Trust, the national charity transforming lives through reading and writing.

Joining the Jamboree event on 6 June is 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 Baby Aliens Got my Teacher. All of the authors and illustrators have taken part in the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour in the past and will be reunited for this once in a lifetime celebration event.

The great news for schools across the UK that are not coming along to the Jamboree event in Glasgow is that they can tune in and watch the event on the day, via live-stream on Scottish Book Trust’s YouTube channel.

As part of the celebrations, we recently ran a nationwide competition where the prizes for five lucky winners would include a £50 children’s book token, a set of five books, signed by each of the authors at the Jamboree and the chance to have seats at the Jamboree event.

We had a great response and our five winners are:

Katie Walters from Birmingham, Roisin NicEochain from Belfast, Anita Lewis from Bromsgrove, Worcester, Jenni Mack from Renfrew near Glasgow and Derick Doughty from Co. Armagh

Congratulations – we’re sure the children that will receive the books will be entranced!

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