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The Big Book Giveaway 2024


We’ve got LOTS of free books to give to schools taking part in this year’s Festival. We’re offering all pupils attending the Book Festival in-person this August a free book while schools tuning into events online can enter our competition to win a book bundle for their library.

Free books for pupils

Every pupil attending the our Schools Programme in-person at the Book Festival this year automatically receives a free copy of a book relating to the event they come and see. Your pupils will be given the books during their visit to the Book Festival Village. After each event, children have the opportunity to meet the author and get their book signed in the Signing Tent – plan this into your visit to get the full Book Festival experience!

Check out the full 2024 Schools Programme here.

Book Bundle Competition for schools watching online

For schools who choose to watch events online instead of coming to the Festival, we’re running an exclusive competition to help grow your library collections. Ten lucky schools (five primary schools and five secondary schools) will win a fantastic set of books by authors appearing in the 2024  Schools Programme.

To register your class for this great offer, book to watch an event online from our 2024  Schools Programme then complete this application form.

Terms and conditions apply. For more information, please visit:

Discounted books for your school

Waterstones are delighted to offer schools a 28% discount on bulk orders of 15 or more books. The offer applies to all books featured in our Children’s Programme and is valid between 18 April and 30 September.

You can sign up here to register the discount for your school: All orders can then be sent to who will process your order and send directly to your school.

Discount for learning professionals

Learning professionals also receive a 10% discount on any books purchased in the Festival Bookshop during 10-25 August. Simply show proof of employment at the checkout.