N is for Nessie: A Scottish Alphabet for Kids

Illustrated by Kate Davies

Available to buy

Quick Look

  • A charming and fun adventure through the Scottish alphabet, perfect for locals and visitors alike
  • Illustrator Kate Davies fills each page with colourful, humorous Scottish details
  • With one letter featured per page, this book is great for wee ones to enjoy and explore

Explore Scotland from A to Z in this whistle-stop tour through the Scottish alphabet for young children! Each letter represents the best of Scotland -- from Bagpipes and Kilts to Puffins and Thistles. New edition to celebrate a decade in print.

250 x 250 mm
Floris Books
Picture Kelpies
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 6 years
32 pages
Publication date:
17 Aug 2023
Picture Kelpies
2nd edition


Sing Auld Lang Syne while you climb to the top of a Castle. Wave to a Highland cow in John O'Groats. Put on a Kilt and avoid those Midgies as you visit a Loch to meet Nessie. Then speed back over the Forth Bridge to Edinburgh Zoo -- not forgetting your Umbrella…

Take a whistle-stop tour through the Scottish alphabet! Each letter from A to Z represents the best of everything Scottish: beautiful landscapes, fascinating history and amazing wildlife. Just watch out for the weather!

This charming and fun book is perfect for locals and visitors alike, as illustrator Kate Davies fills each page with humorous Scottish details. Featuring one word per letter, it's ideal for younger children to enjoy.


'An enchanting Scottish journey through the alphabet... The illustrations are fabulous and each page is filled with wonderful detail. Much, much more than just an alphabet book -- it's a real Scottish adventure!'
-- Creative Steps magazine

'Parents reading along will easily relate to Auld Lang Syne as sung at New Year and drawings of clouds of M for midgies populating Scottish holidays. This is definitely one for my grandson in Australia!'
-- Lothian Life

'This bright, colourful book gets well away from the "A for Apple" cliches. My favourite page is Puffins, because they are so cute, and the one that made me laugh out loud was the double page spread for U and V - Umbrella and Very, very wet!'
-- Anabel Marsh, Anabel's Children's Literature Blog

'Every early years practitioner will want a Scottish alphabet colourfully featured in their learning environment for children after reading this lovely text and taking in the fantastic, colourful, atmospheric, detailed and inspirational illustrations … This is quite simply a beautiful book that teaches children the alphabet in a refreshingly new and informative way.'
-- Early Years Educator

'… the text is dependent on the illustrations to provide context and entertainment. These are colorful and appealing, featuring a family (Dad carries a toddler in a front pouch) with a Scottie dog interspersed here and there… this might be useful in the States for Scottish expats or families preparing for a trip.'
-- Kirkus Reviews


Kate Davies is a children's illustrator. She studied at Bath Academy of Art, and lives near Bath, England.


N is for Nessie is in Floris Books' range of Picture Kelpie Scottish children's picture books. Parents of young children might also enjoy the dedicated Picture Kelpies website. Download and print out games, colouring and jokes for your children based on Picture Kelpie favourites, and find out more about these quality Scottish picture books to enjoy together.

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