Monday 23-Tuesday 31 August 2021

Join us online this August for a rip-roaring programme of book events curated specially for schools. 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.

Explore the full line-up, including how to take part, and take advantage of our special bookshop discount and offers – including how to apply for FREE books for schools with the Baillie Gifford Book Giveaway – in our Baillie Gifford Schools brochure.


Our public programme – to be announced in early July – is educational too, and will offer hundreds of events, workshops, debates and masterclasses to get grown-ups and children alike thinking and learning:

Adult Programme

Stay tuned in July to find out about our wide range of informative workshops, creative masterclasses, lively author events and rousing debates that aim to inspire and educate, and offer you the opportunity to discuss the hot topics of the day. You’ll find hundreds of events featuring world-class authors, writers and thinkers in our adult programme.

Baillie Gifford Children’s Programme

Our renowned Baillie Gifford Children’s Programme encourages children to play with words and engage with books, and offers plenty of opportunities to discover something new. Featuring the best writers and illustrators for children and teens, the programme – announced in early July – gives youngsters the chance to explore subjects as diverse as the natural world, art, history and astronomy, in a vibrant and interactive environment.


The 2021 Baillie Gifford Schools Programme runs from 23-31 August 2021.

To browse events download the 2021 Schools brochure now