Free Books for Schools!

What better way for your pupils to enjoy our online events this year than by receiving a FREE copy of one of the featured books to read at home or in the classroom? For EVERY event in the 2021 Baillie Gifford Schools Programme five lucky classes will receive a book for every pupil. With eight eligible events for primary school pupils and six eligible events for secondary school pupils, that’s a lot of free books to give away!

To register your class for this great offer just choose your event from our 2021 Baillie Gifford Schools Programme then complete this application form.

And if your class isn’t selected to receive a free title for every pupil, don’t worry! Every school who registers will also be given a selection of books for their school library.

In addition to the Baillie Gifford Big Book Giveaway, we are offering 25% off any books ordered by schools through our independent online bookshop. Visit the specially created Schools page at to browse books in the programme and receive 25% off all orders placed. The offer applies to all books featured in the Baillie Gifford Schools Programme and the Baillie Gifford Children’s Programme and is valid until 30 September 2021. To claim your discount simply enter the coupon code SC25BG21V at the checkout.

Terms and Conditions

  • Schools will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • However, in the case of excessive demand, the Book Festival reserves the right to prioritise applications from schools with most pressing financial need.
  • Only applications submitted via the form listed will be considered.
  • All applications must be received by Friday 18 June, any received after this deadline will be considered ineligible.
  • Only Scottish Schools are eligible to apply.
  • Please only fill in the form once for your class. Each class can only register to receive books for one event (on the form there is also space to include a second choice of event, if your first choice is oversubscribed .
  • Where more than one author is appearing in an event schools will receive equal numbers of each author’s book to distribute among pupils.
  • Home schooled pupils based in Scotland are very welcome to apply.
  • If you have any queries about the Baillie Gifford Big Book Giveaway or the Baillie Gifford Schools Programme please drop us an email on


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