History

The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour has been running for 14 years now. It takes the very best UK and international authors directly into schools across Scotland and England to inspire a love of reading, writing and illustration and reaches on average 6,000 children every year. 

On this page you can browse all our tours past and present to discover brilliant videos, excellent learning resources, hilarious photos and practioner-led case studies gathered on the road visiting amazing schools with fantastic authors.

 

 

 

        2017     
Theresa Munoz Laura Ellen Anderson Emily Gravett

Theresa Munoz

July 2017

Teesside

265 S1-S3 pupils

Recources

 

Author's Website

Laura Ellen Anderson

May 2017

Western Isles

350 P4-7 pupils

Resources

 

Author's Website

Emily Gravett

March 2017

Dumfries & Galloway,

South Ayrshire

650 P1-3 pupils

Resources

Author's Website

Lari Don  Nick Sharratt  

Lari Don

February 2017

Northern Ireland

1500 P4-7 pupils

Resources

 

Author's Website

 

Nick Sharratt

January 2017

Liverpool

2500  Reception - Y3 pupils

Resources

Video

Author's Website

 

 

                                                               Book Week Scotland Roadshow 2016 
Dave Hook

Dave Hook

November 2016

Moray, Aberdeenshire, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, South Lanarkshire and Argyll & Bute 

300 S4 - 6 pupils

Resources

Author's Website

 

 

        2016
Scottish Friendly Book Tour With David Almond

Scottish Friendly Book Tour With Chris Riddell

David Almond

October/November 2016

Scottish Borders, East Lothian, Midlothian

850 S1 - 3 pupils

Resources

Video

 Chris Riddell

September 2016 

East Renfrewshire, Stirling, Perth & Kinross, 

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire 

2300 P4 - 7 pupils 

Resources

Video 

Author's Website

Elizabeth Wein 

June 2016 

Norfolk 

380 Y7 - 9 pupils 

Resources 

Video

Author's Website



 

 Sarah McIntyre

May 2016

The Highlands

1830 p4 - 7 pupils

Resources 

Video

Author's Website

Christiane Dorion

March 2016 

Inverclyde, West Lothian and Dundee 

363 P3 - 7 pupils 

Resources 

Video

Author's Website

Ross Collins 

January 2016 

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire 

500 Reception and Y1 pupils 

Resources 

Video 

Author's Website

 

 

Book Week Scotland Road Show 2015

Melvin Burgess

November 2015

Fife, Angus, North Lanarkshire and Glasgow

620 S4 - 6 pupils

Resources

Video

Author's Website

 

2015
Photo copyright Stuart Walker

Steven Camden

October 2015

North Ayrshire, West and East Dunbartonshire

1200 S1-4 Pupils

Resources

Author's Website 

 

Christopher William Hill

September 2015

Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen

1622 P4-7 Pupils

Resources

Video

Pamela Butchart

July 2015

Cumbria

434 Y3-6 Pupils

Resources

Get Inspired!

Video

Follow Pamela on Twitter

Martin Brown

Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Korky Paul

Vivian French: Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour

Martin Brown

May 2015

Orkney and Shetland

1294 P4 - S2 Pupils

Resources

Get Inspired!

Video

Author's Website

Korky Paul

March 2015

Fife and Clackmannanshire

400 P1 - 4 Pupils

Resources

Video

Author's Website



 

Vivian French

January 2015

Birmingham

1908 Y3 - 6 Pupils

Resources

Get Inspired!

Video

Author's Website

 

 

 

Book Week Scotland Road Show 2014

Steve Cole

November 2014

Moray, Stirling, Midlothian, Scottish Borders and West Dunbartonshire

1479 P4-S3 Pupils

Primary Resources

Secondary Resources

Get Inspired

Video

 

2014  
Image copyright Alan Peebles
Nicola reads 'The Promise'
Chae Strathie

Phil Earle

November 2014

Falkirk, East Ayrshire & South Ayrshire

1513 S1 - S3 Pupils

Resources

Get Inspired!

Video

Author's Website

Nicola Davies

September 2014

Argyll & Bute

764 P4 - P7 Pupils

Resources

Get Inspired!

Video

Author's Website

 

Chae Strathie 

June 2014

Brighton and Hove

1555 Reception - Y3 Pupils

Resources

Video

Follow Chae on  Twitter

Malorie Blackman Tour
James Carter
Jonathan Meres

Malorie Blackman

May 2014

Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow

1019 S1 - S3 Pupils

Resources

Author's Website

James Carter

March 2014

Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire

1012 P2 - P7 Pupils

Resources

Case Study Package

Video

Author's Website

 Jonathan Meres

January 2014

Hull and Sheffield

1365 P4 - S1 Pupils

Resources

Author's Website

 

 

2013  
Matt Whyman
Marcus Sedgwick
Caroline Lawrence

Matt Whyman

December 2013

Angus

355 S1 - S3 Pupils

Resources

Video

Author's Website

Marcus Sedgwick

September 2013

Western Isles

710 P4 - S3 Pupils

Resources

Video

Author's Website

Caroline Lawrence

June 2013

Midlothian, East Lothian, 
Borders Book Festival

1716 P4-7 Pupils

Resources

Video

Author's Website

Etherington Brothers
Peter Bently St Madoes
 

The Etherington Brothers

May 2013

North and South Lanarkshire

1469 P4-7 Pupils 

Resources 

Case Study Package

Video

Authors' Website

Peter Bently

March 2013

Perth & Kinross, Stirling

280 P1-3 Pupils

Resources

Case Study Package

Video

Author's Website

 

 

2012  
Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Philip Ardagh
Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour wtih Barry Hutchison Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Julia Donaldson

Philip Ardagh

December 2012

Dumfries & Galloway, and
Scottish Borders

1800 P4-P7 Pupils

Resources

Video

Author's Website

Barry Hutchison

October 2012

Manchester

1617 P4-S2 Pupils

Resources

Video

Author's Website

Julia Donaldson

September 2012

National Library Tour

1178 P1-4 Pupils

Resources

Video

Author's Website

Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Paul Collicutt Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Michelle Paver Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Saci Lloyd

Paul Collicutt

June 2012

West and East Dunbartonshire

333 P4-7 Pupils

Resources

Video

Author's website

Michelle Paver

April 2012

Orkney and Shetland

578 P6-S2 Pupils

Resources

Video

Author's Website

Saci Lloyd

March 2012

Dundee, West Lothian and Inverclyde

659 S1-3 Pupils

Resources

Video

Author's Website

 

2011  
Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Guy Bass
Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Gillian Philip
Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Cressida Cowell

Guy Bass

December 2011

Falkirk and North Ayrshire

1267 P4-7 Pupils

Resources

Video

Author's Website

 

Gillian Philip

October 2011

Bristol and Wiltshire

560 S1-3 Pupils

Video

Author's Website

Cressida Cowell

September 2011

The Highlands

1245 P4-7 Pupils

Video

Author's Website

Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Thomas Docherty
Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Jamie Rix
Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with John Hegley

Thomas Docherty

June 2011

East and South Ayrshire

506 P1-4 Pupils

Video

Author's Website

Jamie Rix

May 2011

Argyll and Bute

1033 P4-7

Video

Author's Website

John Hegley

March 2011

Clackmannanshire and Aberdeen

820 P5-S2

 

Author's Website

 

2010  
Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Patrick Ness Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Cathy MacPhail Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Dominic Barker

Patrick Ness

November 2010

West Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire

627 S1-4

Video

Author's Website

Cathy Macphail

October 2010

Exeter

852 P6-S2 Pupils

Video

Author's Website

Dominic Barker

September 2010

Western Isles

992 P4-S1 Pupils

Video

Author's Website

Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Kjartan Poskitt Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Anthony Browne Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Tommy Donbavand

Kjartan Poskitt

June 2010

Perth & Kinross
and Stirling

932 P4-7 Pupils

Video

Author's Website

Anthony Browne

May 2010

Edinburgh, Angus, Fife,
Aberdeenshire, Moray

934 P2-7

Video

Author's Website

Tommy Donbavand

March 2010

Inverclyde and
West Dunbartonshire

1200 P4-7

Video

Author's Website

 

2009    
Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with David Roberts Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Debi Gliori Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

David Roberts

December 2009

Dumfries & Galloway and
East Ayrshire

986 P2-5 Pupils

Video

Author's Website

Debi Gliori

October 2009

Newcastle

545 P1-3 Pupils


Author's Website

Paul Stewart and
Chris Riddell

September 2009

Highlands

3293 P5-S4

Resources

Video

Author's Website

Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Sophie MacKenzie Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Steve Cole Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Oisin McGann

Sophie McKenzie

June 2009

South and
East Ayrshire

533 S1-3

Video

Author's Website

Steve Cole

April 2009

Orkney and
Shetland

960 P1-S3

Author's Website

Oisin McGann

February 2009

North and South Lanarkshire,
Falkirk

860 S1-4

Author's Website

 

2008    
Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Nick Ward Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Chris Mould Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Simon Bartram

Nick Ward

December 2008

Angus, Perth & Kinross

330 P2-5

Author's Website

Chris Mould

October 2008

Argyll &
Bute

442 P3-7

Author's Website

Simon Bartram

September 2008

Moray

990 P2-5

Author's Website

Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Michael Rosen Words on Wheels with Heather Dyer (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly) Words on Wheels with Andy Stanton (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly)

Michael Rosen

May 2008

Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee,
Aberdeen and Highlands

2962 P3-6

Resources

Video

Author's Website

Heather Dyer

April 2008

Scottish Borders

739 P2-5 Pupils

Author's Website

Andy Stanton

February 2008

Fife and Midlothian

1077 P4-6 Pupils

Video

Author's Website

 

2007    
Words on Wheels with Georgia Byng (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly) Words on Wheels with Ross Collins (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly) Words on Wheels with Barbara Mitchelhill (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly)

Georgia Byng

December 2007

North Ayrshire, West Kilbride
and East Dunbartonshire

755 P5-7 Pupils

Author's Website

Ross Collins

September 2007

Western Isles

252 P1-4 Pupils

Video

Author's Website

Barbara Mitchelhill

June 2007

Renfrewshire and
East Ayrshire

807 P3-5 Pupils

Author's Website

Words on Wheels with John Fardell (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly) Words on Wheels with Melvin Burgess (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly) Words on Wheels with Joan Lennon (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly)

John Fardell

May 2007

Clackmannanshire and
Inverclyde

1057 P2-6 Pupils

Author's Website

Melvin Burgess

March 2007

West Dunbartonshire,
Dundee, Stirling

508 S1-6 Pupils

Author's Website

Joan Lennon

February 2007

West Lothian

90 P7 Pupils

Video

Author's Website

Words on Wheels with Julie Bertagna (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly)    

Julie Bertagna

February 2007

Aberdeenshire

631 S2-6 Pupils

Author's Website

   

 

2006    
Words on Wheels with Beth Webb (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly) Words on Wheels with Simon Puttock (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly) Words on Wheels with Kenneth Stevens (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly)

Beth Webb

December 2006

Falkirk, East Lothian and
Edinburgh

191 S1-3 Pupils

Author's Website

Simon Puttock

November 2006

Dumfries & Galloway,
South Lanarkshire

471 P1-3

Author's Website

Kenneth Steven

September 2006

Argyll &
Bute

130 P2-3

Author's Website

Words on Wheels with Graham Marks (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly) Words on Wheels with Darren Shan (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly) Words on Wheels with Jacqueline Wilson (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly)

Graham Marks

June 2006

Orkney and Caithness

717 P6-S2 Pupils

Author's Website

 

 

Darren Shan

May 2006

Aberdeen and Elgin

1840 P4-S4

Author's Website

 

Jacqueline Wilson

January 2006

Stirling, Pitlochry, Dundee,
Perth and Galashiels

1690 P4-S2 Pupils

Video

Author's Website

 

2005    
Words on Wheels with Francesca Simon (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly) Words on Wheels with Jeremy Strong (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly) Words on Wheels with Eoin Colfer (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly)

Francesca Simon

September 2005

North Ayrshire, West Kilbride

938 P3-5 Pupils

Video

Author's Website

Jeremy Strong

May 2005

Shetland

626  P4-7 Pupils

 

Author's Website

 

Eoin Colfer

February 2005

Aberdeen, Dundee, Dunfermline,
Inverness, Glasgow

2175 P4-7

Video

Author's Website

 

2004  
Words on Wheels with Michael Morpurgo (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly) Words on Wheels with Matthew Fitt (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly)

Michael Morpurgo

February 2004

National

6509 P4-7 Pupils

Video

Author's Website

Matthew Fitt

January 2004

East Ayrshire, Stirling
and Dumfries

150 P1-6 Pupils

Author's Website

 

2003    
Words on Wheels with Verna Wilkins (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly) Words on Wheels with Keith Gray (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly) Words on Wheels with Vivian French (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly)

Verna Wilkins

December 2003

Glasgow, East Kilbride

437 P4-7 Pupils

Author's Website

Keith Gray

November 2003

Scottish Borders

318 S1-6 Pupils

Video

Author's Website

Viv French

September 2003

Glasgow

106 P3-4 Pupils

Author's Website

Words on Wheels with Barlow and Skidmore (Sponsored by Scottish Friendly)    

Steve Barlow and
Steve Skidmore

April 2003

Aberdeen

500 P4-7 Pupils

Author's Website

 

   

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