During February, Scottish Book Trust are taking the award winning author and
illustrator, Catherine Rayner on the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour. This
event will be Catherine’s first tour with Scottish Book Trust and will see her visiting
schools all over Northern Ireland.
To celebrate Catherine’s tour, we are giving away a free copy of her picture book
Abigail. Beautifully illustrated and written by Catherine, you’ll be struck by the
stunning fold out night sky and adore the tale of Abigail the Giraffe and all her
friends, a wonderful story for bedtime reading.
To be in with a chance of winning your own signed copy of Abigail simply answer the
In the book, Abigail is a Giraffe who loves to count! In the Wild, Giraffe’s are often
found in the Savannas of Africa, what other animal is found there too?
Closing date is 12pm Thursday 28 February. To enter, please add your answer as
a comment below along with your name, who you would like the book to be
dedicated to and email address.
Catherine Rayner is a multi-award winning author and illustrator, taking inspiration
from her pets, often using them as models in order to study animals’ posture and
movement. After studying at Edinburgh College of Art, Catherine fell in love with the
city and continues to live there with her family. Her first book, Augustus and His
Smile was even inspired by the Tigers at Edinburgh Zoo which she spent hours
watching and sketching. She is passionate about what she does and uses her school
visits as a way to bring her work to life and inspire a new generation of writers and
On the Bookshelf
Sylvia and Bird
Sylvia and Bird tells the tale of the only dragon in the world, Sylvia and one day her
lonely life is turned round when she meets bird. This is a wonderful story of two
unusual friends and the challenges they face. The illustrations are just as magical as
the story and will have you wanting your very own dragon as a friend.
Everybody loves to count, but no one as much as Abigail! The story of the counting
Giraffe and all her friends is a marvel to look at and read. Her struggle to count her
fidgety friends will have you empathising with her from the very beginning. A great
bed time read, this book has been short and long listed for a number of awards
including the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.