Read about November Events in the North of England and Scotland: Meet bestselling author Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney and catch one of the 10 Unmissable Book Week Scotland Events for Children.

And are you already planning your Christmas book presents?



We have a great idea for you which supports Parkinson’s Research at the same time. Read the blog about John Foster’s new Christmas book, Christmas Crackers, with illustrations by Gerald Scarfe, Alex Brychta and Korky Paul.




But first – autumn…. Blackpool Tower Ballroom is hosting Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney’s only UK solo author event on Thursday 3rd November at 6.45 p.m. Jeff will be talking about his own experience of writing his successful series and being involved with 3 blockbuster films. Jeff also promises fun and games for the whole audience.

Book Week Scotland is a national celebration of books and reading from 21st – 27th November, with events running right across the country for all ages and tastes. Scottish Book Trust have highlighted 10 Unmissable Events for us to feature, many with a distinctly Scottish flavour:

On 21st November between 10.30 and 11, Peebles Library are hosting Read-a-licious – Boogie with Books with creative movement and play for ages 1 – 3 year olds.

The next day, 22nd November, sees “A Global Storytelling Extravaganza” with Dynamic Duo Macastory, Fergus McNicol and Ronnie Fairweather, who will be taking children around the world in stories at 1.30 at Larbert Library. This will be an interactive experience of storytelling, raps and songs and larger than life characters to engage and excite children of all ages.

On November 24th Kerr Thomson will be talking about The Sounds of Whales in the evening from 6.30 p.m. at East Kilbride Central Library, bound to thrill all who love whales and the ocean.

There are a host of events on Saturday 26th November featuring many well-loved and favourite characters, authors and comedians.

In the morning at 10.30 at Helensburgh, Mairi Hedderwick will be partying with Katie Morag. At the same time, John Fardell will be hosting an interactive session at Orkney Library for children aged 5 – 12. From 11 o’clock in Airdrie Library, Tom Nicoll, Writer of Nonsense, is sharing the story of Pan the Mini-Dragon, a tiny dragon found by Eric, nestled among the beansprouts in his Friday night takeaway. Pan gets Eric into a whole heap of trouble followed by a trail of devastation, as Tom Nicoll brings his Dragon series of books along to Airdrie Library for a great family story session!

Also at 11 a.m. there will be Family Fun with Keith Brumpton at Strathearn Library in Crieff, for primary age children. Keith is the writer of numerous fiction and non-fiction books, animations and scripts for children and young people, including CBBC’s top-rated TV show MI High. He has also worked for Lego Media and Milimages, and written three BAFTA-award-winning animations, including Pablo the Little Red Fox and CBBC’s acclaimed 64 Zoo Lane series.

The afternoon finds James Campbell’s “The Funny Thing About at The Mitchell Library in Glasgow from 2.00 – 3.00 p..m., a stand-up show for children over 6, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words. Making fun of everything from couscous to penguins to Nintendo Wii, James’ jokes are written and performed to get children and parents laughing out loud.

And at Inverkeithing, the Inverkeithing Community Garden Initiative invites you to a free but ticketed event, Stories by Starlight, in the historic Inverkeithing Friary and community garden. The magic will begin with a lantern procession from the Friary building that will lead the family around the beautiful winter garden to the sound of fairy bells and drums to discover its secret stories under the starry sky. The event starts at 4.30.

And finally, throughout the day at Shetland Library there is a special day of discoveries designed for all the family.

There are hundreds of children’s book events running right across the country during Book Week Scotland (21 – 27 November), including lots of free Bookbug Sessions for children aged birth – 5. Visit the Scottish Book Trust web site to read more.

And now back to Christmas – for those of you who are already thinking about Christmas (59 days to go!!) Chistmas Crackers is a lovely book for children by John Foster, A5 size, with illustrations by, amongst others, Gerald Scarfe, Korky Paul and Alex Brychta. It is full of Christmas jokes, riddles and rhymes.

What happened when the reindeer went on strike? What kind of pizza did King Wenceslas order? And what did Santa’s mother say to him on Christmas morning? There are jokes and riddles guaranteed to make you giggle.

The book costs only £5 plus postage and proceeds are being donated to research at the Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre.


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