Picture Kelpies

The Picture Kelpies are a range of Scottish children's picture books, all of which have Scottish authors or illustrators, are set in Scotland or have Scottish themes and are suitable for 3 to 6 year olds. Our Picture Kelpies authors include Lari Don, Lynne Rickards and Gill Arbuthnott.

Visit our Kelpies website to find games, colouring in and videos to enjoy with your children. You can also like our Kelpies Facebook page to keep up to date with Picture Kelpies news, events and competitions.

Illustration from The Giant Panda Party by Gill Arbuthnott
Bagpipes, Beasties and Bogles

Bagpipes, Beasties and Bogles

Tim Archbold
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Meet Charlie McCandlewick, who sweeps the bogle creatures of the night out from under your bed, on your stairs and away from your windows. But what does Charlie do with the beasti... Read more

The Big Bottom Hunt

The Big Bottom Hunt

Lari Don; Illustrated by Gabby Grant
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Sandy and Ella find a telescope on the beach. The only clue is the large bottom print in the sand next to it. They embark on a hunt through the village to find the o... Read more

Can't-Dance-Cameron: A Scottish Capercaillie Story

Can't-Dance-Cameron: A Scottish Capercaillie Story

Emily Dodd; Illustrated by Katie Pamment
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Cameron the capercaillie thinks he's the worst dancer in the Scottish Cairngorms but maybe with the help of his new friend, Hazel ... Read more

The Dragon Stoorworm

The Dragon Stoorworm

Theresa Breslin; Illustrated by Matthew Land
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Adaptation of the fabulous traditional Scottish folk tale of Mester Stoor Worm. Can Assipattle and Princess Gemdelovely save Scotland from the terrible Drag... Read more

Fergus Finds a Friend

Fergus Finds a Friend

Kenneth Steven; Illustrated by Louise Crowe
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Fergus the otter travels along the riverbank to find a new home, meeting all sorts of new creatures along the way.... Read more

The Fourth Bonniest Baby in Dundee

The Fourth Bonniest Baby in Dundee

Michelle Sloan; Illustrated by Kasia Matyjaszek
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The Giant Panda Party

The Giant Panda Party

Gill Arbuthnott; Illustrated by Joanne Nethercott
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Sweetie, the giant panda, organises the other animals to sing for Sunshine's birthday. A hilarious story of animal hijinks, set at Edinburgh Zoo.... Read more

Ginger Nut

Ginger Nut

Chani McBain; Illustrated by Joanne Nethercott
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Calum McGregor is a blond boy in a ginger family. He's fed up with being the odd one out, so decides to take matters into his own hands. A sweet and very funny pict... Read more

The Grouse and the Mouse: A Scottish Highland Story

The Grouse and the Mouse: A Scottish Highland Story

Emily Dodd; Illustrated by Kirsteen Harris-Jones
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A funny and lively tale about two of Scotland's best-loved animals -- an endangered black grouse and a wood mouse -- who ... Read more

Hairy Hettie: The Highland Cow Who Needs a Haircut!

Hairy Hettie: The Highland Cow Who Needs a Haircut!

Illustrated by Jo Allan; Polly Lawson
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When blackbirds, butterflies, a squirrel and a hare decide to make their homes in Hettie the Highland Cow's long hair, it might be t... Read more

Harris the Hero: A Puffin's Adventure

Harris the Hero: A Puffin's Adventure

Lynne Rickards; Illustrated by Gabby Grant
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Harris the puffin helps a lost baby seal, with help from some other animal friends. Brilliant rhyming text carries this story along.... Read more

How to Make a Heron Happy

How to Make a Heron Happy

Lari Don; Illustrated by Nicola O'Byrne
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The heron in Hamish's park always looks sad and grumpy. Hamish tries lots of ways to cheer it up: will the heron ever be happy? Colour and activity build up... Read more

Hungry Hettie: The Highland Cow Who Won't Stop Eating!

Hungry Hettie: The Highland Cow Who Won't Stop Eating!

Illustrated by Jo Allan; Polly Lawson
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Hettie the Highland cow is always hungry, so Callum and Kirsty bring her lots to eat -- porridge, sandwiches, shortbread, fish su... Read more

Isla and Pickle: Best Friends

Isla and Pickle: Best Friends

Kate McLelland
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Isla and Pickle, the adorable miniature Shetland pony, are best friends. Can Isla convince Dad Pickle should be her pet? The first adventure for the cheeky pair who live on a Sc... Read more

The Island and the Bear

The Island and the Bear

Louise Greig; Illustrated by Vanya Nastanlieva
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One morning on a wild and quiet Hebridean island, a bear appeared where there should not have been a bear. The gentle giant would not harm a living thi... Read more

Lewis Clowns Around

Lewis Clowns Around

Lynne Rickards; Illustrated by Gabby Grant
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Lewis hates being a puffin and longs to do something different with his life. Could the circus be the answer?... Read more

Lost at the Zoo

Lost at the Zoo

Gill Arbuthnott; Illustrated by Joanne Nethercott
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Wee mouse Rory tries to find his owner Sam at Edinburgh zoo, and avoids some narrow squeaks along the way.... Read more

Mac's Christmas Star

Mac's Christmas Star

Margaret Forrester; Illustrated by Sandra Klaassen
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Catriona secretly tries on her Christmas present, and Mac wants to climb the 'Much Decorated' Christmas tree. What could possibly go wrong in the Edin... Read more

The Magic Word

The Magic Word

Lari Don; Illustrated by Claire Keay
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A funny picture book from the author of Orange Juice Peas! about the consequences of taking shortcuts, and the power of the magic word.... Read more

Max and Zap at the Museum

Max and Zap at the Museum

Molly MacPherson; Illustrated by Natasha Rimmington
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Bringing history alive (literally!). Can Max and Zap follow the clues to find Mary Queen of Scots jewels in a museum full of real-life dinosaurs... Read more

My Luve's Like a Red, Red Rose

My Luve's Like a Red, Red Rose

Robert Burns; Illustrated by Ruchi Mhasane
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A charmingly illustrated version of classic Burns poem, reimagined as the love between a parent and child.... Read more

N is for Nessie: A Scottish Alphabet for Kids

N is for Nessie: A Scottish Alphabet for Kids

Illustrated by Kate Davies
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Take a whistle-stop tour through the Scottish alphabet, with each letter representing the best of Scotland.... Read more

No Such Thing As Nessie!: A Loch Ness Monster Adventure

No Such Thing As Nessie!: A Loch Ness Monster Adventure

Chani McBain; Illustrated by Kirsteen Harris-Jones
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Finlay is going on a Nessie hunt, determined to get proof that the Loch Ness monster exists. Bright playful illustr... Read more

Ollie and the Otter: A Scottish Osprey Story

Ollie and the Otter: A Scottish Osprey Story

Emily Dodd; Illustrated by Kirsteen Harris-Jones
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Ollie the osprey loves catching fish but he's useless at throwing them! And if he can't throw a fish to Isla, she'll never becom... Read more

Orange Juice Peas

Orange Juice Peas

Lari Don; Illustrated by Lizzie Wells
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Little Jessie is learning to be polite, and when she says 'please' it sounds just like 'PEAS'. When a new babysitter asks what she'd like to drink, Jessie finds herse... Read more

Peg the Little Sheepdog

Peg the Little Sheepdog

Sandra Klaassen
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Peg is too shy to be a good farm dog. Will she ever find a home where she fits in? A sweet, charming story of family love, set in the beauty of the Scottish Hebrides.... Read more

The Selkie Girl

The Selkie Girl

Janis Mackay; Illustrated by Ruchi Mhasane
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An adaptation of the beautiful traditional Scottish folk tale of the selkie (a seal who can become human). Shonagh's seal skin is found by a lonely little boy. Wil... Read more

Skye the Puffling: A Baby Puffin's Adventure

Skye the Puffling: A Baby Puffin's Adventure

Lynne Rickards; Illustrated by Jon Mitchell
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Skye, a cheeky baby puffin, finds herself on an unexpected adventure in Scotland's Firth of Forth. This sequel to the best-selling Ha... Read more

A Super Scotland Sticker Book

A Super Scotland Sticker Book

Illustrated by Susana Gurrea
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Discover the most famous places and popular sights in Scotland with this fun-packed sticker book for young children. Includes over 250 stickers -- plus colouring, ... Read more

The Tale of Tam Linn

The Tale of Tam Linn

Lari Don; Illustrated by Philip Longson
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Adaptation of the dramatic traditional Scottish fairy tale. Brave Janet must rescue Tam Linn from the evil Fairy Queen.... Read more

There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie

There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie

Rebecca Colby; Illustrated by Kate McLelland
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A hilarious Scottish twist on a much-loved rhyme sees the wee lassie swallow a succession of Scottish animals -- all to catch the m... Read more

There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie: Book and Doll Gift Set

There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie: Book and Doll Gift Set

Rebecca Colby; Illustrated by Kate McLelland
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A book and doll gift set of the hilarious Scottish twist on a much-loved rhyme which sees the wee lassie sw... Read more

Thistle Games

Thistle Games

Mike Nicholson; Illustrated by Jo Litchfield
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A braw Scots story for bairns! Welcome to the Thistle Games, Scotland's best highland games, where you'll meet lots of friendly folk and learn some fun Scots words... Read more

Thistle Sands

Thistle Sands

Mike Nicholson; Illustrated by Claire Keay
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A braw Scots story for bairns! Welcome to Thistle Sands, a beautiful Scottish beach where you'll meet children playing and fun Scots words.... Read more

Thistle Street

Thistle Street

Mike Nicholson; Illustrated by Claire Keay
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A braw Scots story for bairns! Welcome to Thistle Street where you'll meet friendly folk and fun Scots words.... Read more

Uan the Little Lamb

Uan the Little Lamb

Sandra Klaassen
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Two Scottish children find a little lamb abandoned by her mother and decide to take care of it. Set in the Outer Hebrides.... Read more

We're Gangin on a Bear Hunt: We're Going on Bear Hunt in Scots

We're Gangin on a Bear Hunt: We're Going on Bear Hunt in Scots

Michael Rosen; Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury; Translated by Susan Rennie
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A Scots language edition of the classic picture book for children. We're gaun tae catc... Read more

Wee Granny and the Ceilidh

Wee Granny and the Ceilidh

Elizabeth McKay; Illustrated by Maria Bogade
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Surprising things happen when Wee Granny reaches into her magic bag! Will she be able to save the school ceilidh? Like Mary Poppins, only more tartan&... Read more

Wee Granny's Magic Bag

Wee Granny's Magic Bag

Elizabeth McKay; Illustrated by Maria Bogade
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Surprising things happen when Wee Granny reaches into her magic bag! Like Mary Poppins, only more tartan…... Read more

The Wee Seal

The Wee Seal

Janis Mackay; Illustrated by Gabby Grant
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The story of a tender relationship between a young boy and wild baby seal. Set in the Orkney Islands.... Read more

You Can't Play Here!

You Can't Play Here!

Angus Corby
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Young Gregor MacDonald is thrilled when he gets a set of bagpipes for his birthday. But each time he plays, people cry, 'You can't play here!'. Where can Gregor practise?... Read more

Rowan the Red Squirrel

Rowan the Red Squirrel

Lynne Rickards; Illustrated by Jon Mitchell
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Rowan the little red squirrel, and his sister Hazel, are very different. Hazel is brave and Rowan is worried. This fun new rhyming story from the creators ... Read more

A Super Scotland Activity Book: Games, Puzzles, Drawing, Stickers and More

A Super Scotland Activity Book: Games, Puzzles, Drawing, Stickers and More

Illustrated by Susana Gurrea
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Discover Scotland with this bright and lively activity and sticker book that's bursting with a huge variety of things ... Read more

The Teeger That Cam For His Tea: The Tiger Who Came to Tea in Scots

The Teeger That Cam For His Tea: The Tiger Who Came to Tea in Scots

Judith Kerr; Translated by Susan Rennie
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Celebrating its 50th roaring anniversary in 2018, Judith Kerr's much-loved picture book The Tiger Who Came to Tea ... Read more

Wee Granny's Magic Bag and the Pirates

Wee Granny's Magic Bag and the Pirates

Elizabeth McKay; Illustrated by Maria Bogade
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Surprising things happen when Wee Granny reaches into her magic bag! Will she be able to help her new pirate friends? Like Mary Poppins, ... Read more

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  • My Cat Mac Margaret Forrester; Illustrated by Sandra Klaassen

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