Baillie Gifford Schools Programme

Featuring the finest authors and illustrators for children and teens, with a focus firmly on participation, imagination and creation, our events for schools take many forms, from storytelling and author interviews to Q&A sessions and creative workshops. There are events for every year group, primary and secondary, and the programme has been put together with the Curriculum for Excellence in mind.


Baillie Gifford Schools Programme 

Where will your imagination take you?

Last year's Baillie Gifford Schools Programme was bursting with wonderful writers, illustrators and performers from the UK and overseas, ready to inspire creativity and spark the imagination.

Our 2017 Baillie Gifford Schools Programme will run from 21-29 August and all events take place in Charlotte Square Gardens, right in the heart of Edinburgh.

Download the 2016 brochure.

Baillie Gifford Gala Day for Primary Schools – Tuesday 29 August

Primary schools have the Book Festival all to themselves on Baillie Gifford Gala Day. Taking place on Tuesday 29 August 2017, it’s an extravaganza of world class writers, storytelling, illustration, music and magic.

Come and join in the fun in 2017 at the largest festival of books and authors for children in the world!

Programme details and how to book

Booking for 2017 will open in April 

The brochure for the 2017 Baillie Gifford Schools Programme will contain everything you need to know about the events and how to book.

If you'd like to read a printed copy of the brochure you can request one by sending your name and address to

Here on our website, you'll be able to view a list of events, find out how to book and read useful information about visiting the Book Festival with your school.

Baillie Gifford Transport Fund

If you need financial support to transport your class to the Book Festival – whether it's a coach from Inverness or an Edinburgh city bus fare – our Baillie Gifford Transport Fund could help.

Find out how to apply here.

Making books more affordable for pupils and schools

Pupils will get so much more from their Book Festival experience if they are able to read the relevant books beforehand.

25% discount for schools
Schools attending the Book Festival can order books from us in advance of their visit at a 25% discount and with free postage and packing (minimun order five copies of same book). Download the Schools' Book Order Form.

£3 book voucher for pupils
Every child attending the Baillie Gifford Schools Programme will receive a voucher worth £3.00 to put towards the cost of a book of their choice in one of our bookshops in Charlotte Square Gardens.

Six free books on Baillie Gifford Gala Day
Each school attending Baillie Gifford Gala Day will receive six free books for their library.

Sign up for our Education & Schools e-bulletins

Get the latest information on our Baillie Gifford Schools Programme and education projects by signing up for our Education & Schools e-bulletins. All you have to do is go to the login/register link at the very top of this page and register with us. Make sure you place a tick next to ‘Schools & Education Information' to receive the relevant e-bulletins.