Ally Bally Bee

A lift-the-flap book

Illustrated by Kathryn Selbert

Available to buy

Quick Look

  • A sturdy lift-the-flaps book for toddlers
  • A playful re-imagining of the traditional Scottish rhyme
  • Full of bright, colourful illustrations and lots of details to spot

A playful re-imagining of the traditional Scottish rhyme filled with bright illustrations and lots of lift-the-flaps fun!

board book
180 x 153 mm
Floris Books
Wee Kelpies
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 1 to 3 years
12 pages
Publication date:
22 Jun 2017
Wee Kelpies


"Ally bally, ally bally bee,
Sittin on yer mammy's knee
Greetin for a wee bawbee
Tae buy some Coulter's Candy."

Little Ally is having fun -- singing with Mummy, playing in the sun and getting messy with Daddy!

Sing along and lift the flaps to discover teddy getting splashed in a paddling pool, covered in paint and lost under a pile of sweeties.

This is a playful re-imagining of the traditional Scottish rhyme -- perfect for sharing with very young children. The bright, colourful illustrations are full of fun details to spot and each page is enhanced with durable, toddler-friendly flaps.


'Ally Bally Bee is a great book to read to toddlers and a lovely way to engage with the re-telling of this popular Scottish rhyme.'
-- Emma Dunn, The Scotsman

'...a new board book for wee ones, each page having a surprise hidden under a flap -- a device just adored by inquisitive fingers. Kathryn Selbert's illustrations are charmingly simple, if not particularly Scottish (she is American) and my granddaughter loves it. Not so sure about my singing though...'
-- Lothian Life

'It's a lovely edition, with lift the flaps on each page to further reveal the next scene of the story or to show you where the sweeties are hiding. The Wee Page Turner loves this - he's already very familiar with the song as I have been singing it to him since he was born - but he can now lift the flaps in the book too, making it a more engaging book for him to play with on his own. But mostly he enjoys reading (or singing) it on his ''mammy's knee''. A perfect baby book for bairns!'
-- BookBairn, book blogger


Kathryn Selbert is a children's author and illustrator with a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. She currently lives in Connecticut, USA, with her French bulldog Margot.

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