Learning lies at the heart of everything we do. We aim to foster a love of books, words and reading, and inspire people of all backgrounds and ages to explore new ideas and expand their horizons.

This is your place to find information on Edinburgh International Book Festival’s events for pupils, teachers and education professionals, along with information on the educational events at the heart of our public programme and details of our outreach work.


Join us online from 23-31 August for a rip-roaring programme of book events created with learning at their heart. All Schools events are free to view, and you can take part by watching live online, or catching up at a time that works for you. All live events come with opportunities for pupils to ask authors questions via our Q&A box, and each event will also be accompanied by a learning resource to help you get the most out of every session. With events exploring a variety of curriculum-led subjects and topics from some of the best authors, illustrators and thinkers writing for children and young people today, taking part in the Book Festival is a fun and accessible way to get children engaging with books and stories: exploring the world around them in a creative and thought-provoking way.

We have curated a unique programme of 14 events to keep young minds active and inspired, which you can watch live and free on the Book Festival website and YouTube channel. Explore the full line-up in our Schools brochure.