Waterstones Children's Laureate tours Scottish schools
Lauren Child, award-winning illustrator and the current Waterstones Children’s Laureate, will visit schools in Scotland as part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour. From 25 – 29 March, Lauren will visit over 1,700 pupils from more than 30 different schools in Edinburgh, Perth & Kinross, Stirling, Glasgow and Falkirk.
The Children’s Book Tour is supported by Scottish Friendly and organised by Scottish Book Trust, the national charity transforming lives through reading and writing. Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tours visit both primary and secondary schools, and have enthralled more than 100,000 children with visits from over 100 individual authors since they began in 1998.
Lauren Child is the creator of the much-loved Charlie and Lola series, which was adapted as a popular cartoon for the BBC. She has been awarded an MBE for her work and was appointed as an Artist for Peace by Unesco in 2008. Lauren has now sold over 3 million books in 19 countries across the globe.
For the last 15 years, Lauren has been innovative with her illustration of children’s books, championing mixed media and visual literacy. She is a vocal advocate for creative freedom for both children and adults, and is a trustee of House of Illustration, a gallery set up by former Laureate Sir Quentin Blake.
Through her time as the Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Lauren has promoted illustration as its own language: that an image can communicate an idea or thought across age groups without need for words. She has also placed importance on the value of children’s illustration, citing that books for adults are often treated more seriously than books for children.
During the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour, Lauren will give insightful talks on how she creates her books, offering helpful tips for aspiring writers and illustrators alike. She will also discuss her journey as a writer and illustrator, her own inspirations from her life and where her creativity comes from. Lauren will discuss her popular series Ruby Redfort and her latest book Hubert Horatio: How to Raise your Grown-Ups.
Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said:
“It’s an honour to host Lauren Child as part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour. Her illustrations are a household favourite for children and their parents, and we’re sure schools across Scotland will be thrilled to learn how her stories come to life. We also encourage schools across the country to tune into a very special BBC Authors Live on Thursday 28 March with Lauren herself.”
Kevin Brown, Communications Manager at Scottish Friendly, said:
“We are delighted that Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child can join us for the first time on the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour. In the space of a week, Lauren will travel across the country, and will reach over 30 schools. It’s a visit that the pupils and teachers will both treasure, and we look forward to hearing more about Lauren’s journey into illustration and picture books.”
Lauren Child said:
“I am so happy to be returning to Scotland. Chatting to children and teachers is such a joyful experience. Live events are a good opportunity to get children excited about reading words and pictures, and thinking about creating their own stories and illustrations.”
Monday 25 March – Edinburgh
1pm: Edinburgh Academy (P6 & P7)
St Catherine's Primary School
Corstorphine Primary School
Longstone Primary School
Canal View Primary School
Broughton Primary School
Leith Walk Primary School
Craiglockhart Primary School
St Andrew's Fox Covert RC
Ferryhill Primary School
Tuesday 26 March – Perth & Kinross
9.30am: Goodlyburn Primary School (P6 & P7)
Also attending: Dunbarney Primary School
1.30pm: Pitlochry High School (P6 & P7)
Logierait Primary School
Blair Atholl Primary School
Royal School of Dunkeld
Wednesday 27 March – Stirling
9.30am: Riverside Primary School (P6 & P7)
Castleview Primary School
Kincardine-in-Menteith Primary School
Cowie Primary School
1.30pm: St Ninian’s Primary School (P6 & P7)
Borestone Primary School
East Plean Primary School
Thursday 28 March – Glasgow
1pm: Mitchell Library (P6 & P7)
Our Lady of the Annunciation Primary School
Croftfoot Primary School
Caldercuilt Primary School
St Marnock's Primary School
Hillington Primary School
Craigton Primary School
St Mary's Primary School (Glasgow)
Annette Street Primary School
St Bride's Primary School (Glasgow)
St Angela's Primary School
Battlefield Primary School
Friday 29 March – Falkirk
9.30am: Bowhouse Primary School (P6 & P7)
Comely Park Primary School
Moray Primary School
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About Scottish Friendly
Scottish Friendly, one of the UK’s largest mutual life offices. At Scottish Friendly we believe saving and investing should be for everyone, which is why we offer a range of affordable investment and savings products to help individuals and their families achieve their financial goals.
Scottish Friendly has sponsored the programme for the past 20 years, touring some of the finest children’s authors and illustrators including former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, Malorie Blackman, Michael Rosen, Jacqueline Wilson, Melvin Burgess, Steve Cole, Michael Morpurgo and Sophie McKenzie.
About Scottish Book Trust
Scottish Book Trust is a national charity changing lives through reading and writing. We inspire and support the people of Scotland to read and write for pleasure through programmes and outreach work that include:
- Gifting books to every child in Scotland to ensure families of all backgrounds can share the joy of books at home.
- Working with teachers to inspire children to develop a love of reading, creating innovative classroom activities, book awards and author events.
- Supporting Scotland’s diverse writing community with our training, awards and writing opportunities.
- Funding a range of author events for the public to enjoy and promoting Scottish writing to people worldwide.