Best Book Week Scotland activities for kids

Featuring the Gruffalo, Mingin Stories and Thorfinn the Nicest Viking

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Best Book Week Scotland activities for kids

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Book worms rejoice as Book Week Scotland returns from Mon 23–Sun 29 Nov. The celebration of books and reading features hundreds of events at libraries, bookshops and community venues across Scotland. We've navigated the programme to bring you the top events for younger readers and story time listeners.

Gruffalo: Shake Rattle and Read
The cunning mouse thinks 'there's no such thing as a gruffalo!' until he meets one in the woods. Join in a Shake Rattle and Read session all about the half grizzly bear, half buffalo.
St Leonards Library, East Kilbride, Mon 23 Nov, ticketed

Braw Words and Mingin Stories with Matthew Fitt
Learn about Scotland's dialects and explore tales using Scottish languages from Matthew Fit, the children's author who translated Roald Dahl's The Twits into The Eejits and David Walliams' Mr Stink into Mr Mingin.
Pumpherston Library, Pumpherston, Mon 23 Nov, free and unticketed

Get Ready to Giggle with The 2 Steves
The 2 Steves met over 20 years ago and since then the comedy writing and performance duo have penned over 150 books together. Their fiction series include Action Dogs, Challenger, iHero, iHorror, Mad Myths, Vernon Bright and The Dark Forest.
Bo'ness Library, Bo'ness, Tue 24 Nov, free but ticketed

Creative Writing with Janis Mckay
Get creative at this writing workshop with Janis Mackay, author of the Magnus Fin trilogy and the Time Traveller series.
Peebles Library, Peebles, Thu 26 Nov, ticketed

Emily Dodd presents The Grouse and the Mouse: A Scottish Highland Story
Author Emily Dodd, of Can't-Dance-Cameron fame, tells tales about the Grouse and the Mouse, two characters from her latest publication. Ideal for ages 3–6.
Language Hub Children's Bookshop, Glasgow, Sat 28 Nov, free but ticketed

Draw-along with Nick Sharratt
The illustrator of more than 250 books, including those of Jacqueline Wilson, Sharrat's style is instantly recognisable. Here he hosts a draw-along session where youngsters can learn his craft and find a style of their own.
Strathearn Community Library, Crieff, Sat 28 Nov, free but ticketed

Make your own Mini-Comic with Metaphrog
Award-winning graphic novelists Metaphrog host a workshop aimed at kids 8+ and their families where you can make and take home your own mini-comic.
Craigmillar Library, Edinburgh, Sat 28 Nov, free, unticketed

Follow the Midgie! Stories and pictures with Rebecca Colby and Kate McLelland
Join author Rebecca Colby and illustrator Kate McLelland for an afternoon of storytelling with their bestselling book There Was A Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie! Follow the troublesome midgie on a treasure hunt around the store, learn to draw the characters and find out what the hungry wee lassie swallowed next.
Waterstones, Glasgow, Sat 28 Nov and Waterstones, Edinburgh, Sun 29 Nov, ticketed

A Walk in the Dark
Take a night time walk to explore Wigtown as you've never seen it before. The event is led by Elizabeth Tindal, one of the Biosphere Dark Sky Rangers, which I think we can all agree is a pretty epic job title. Wrap up warm and if you have one bring a torch that shines red light.
County buildings, Wigtown, Sat 28 Nov, ticketed

David MacPhail presents Thorfinn the Nicest Viking
Author David MacPhail regales kids with tales of Thorfinn the Nicest Viking, star of his new action-packed series about a land where politeness is pointless.
Language Hub Children's Bookshop, Glasgow, Sun 29 Nov, free but ticketed

Book Week Scotland

A 'national book festival' for Scotland courtesy of Creative Scotland, the Scottish Book Trust and many other collaborators across the country. A packed programme of star-studded author events, kids' activities and the distribution of free books all combine to form a week-long national celebration of reading.

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