Schools invited to participate in book Swap Shop

Brechin youngsters could get a visit from a leading children’s author if their school takes part in the country’s biggest book swap.

The book shop will see thousands of kids exchange their favourite stories with friends in an initiative from Edinburgh International Book Festival sponsor ScottishPower.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the ScottishPower Swap Shop - an award-winning initiative which encourages primary school children to read more and recycle old books whilst raising lots of money for charity.

ScottishPower is hoping to involve 5,000 children from across Scotland with five lucky schools getting the chance to win a visit from a leading children’s author attending the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

A key aspect of Swap Shop is to encourage awareness amongst school pupils about the work being done by Scottish charities. For the third year, children’s charity Aberlour has been selected as the official charity partner.

Ann Loughrey, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at ScottishPower, said: “Swap Shop has been hugely successful over the last four years and we’re really excited about our fifth anniversary celebrations. The project is a perfect opportunity for schools to get together in Angus, swapping books and sharing stories, so we’re putting up even more prizes this year to hopefully get more young people involved.

To be in with a chance of winning one of five author visits, schools in Angus are invited to complete their Swap Shop by the end of the summer term.

For further contact Emma Paul at Stripe Communications on 0131 561 8628