Bookbug's Book of The Month: The 12 Days o Yule by Susan Rennie and Matthew Land

12 Days of Yule cover with wreath
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"On the 1st day o Yuletide, 
My true luve gied tae me, 
A reid robin in a rowan tree." 

Take a deep breath and prepare for a journey through all twelve days of Yuletide with a cast of skaters skooshin, lassies birlin, sheep a-shooglin and the all-important five gowden rings. 

The stunningly beautiful illustrations bring this Scots version of the ever-popular Christmas song to life in vivid detail. Inspired by the traditional verse, this adaptation features easy-to-understand (and pronounce) Scots words and creatures, including hoolets (owls) and bonnie doos (beautiful doves). 

'The traditional verse of The 12 Days of Christmas has been retold in a fabulous way using the Scots language. The use of words like lassies birlin (ladies dancing) and lads o-lowpin (lords a leaping) fit seamlessly into this Scots version of the traditional Christmas rhyme. The text is accompanied by beautiful and detailed illustrations that accumulate into a double page spread with all of the characters coming together at the end. The book features a useful glossary of Scots words and numbers, and it's just a wonderful book for parents and children of all ages to share together during the festive season.'

- Rosalyn McGlynn, Early Years Development Coordinator



We have 5 copies of 12 Days o Yule to give away. Answer this question to be in with a chance of winning:

What did my true love give to me on the 1st day of Yuletide?

a) A Reid Robin

b) Gowden Rings

c) Bonnie Doos

Send your answer and address to This competition will close on Wednesday 16th December so that the books can be sent out to the lucky winners before Christmas.

If you would like to discover more Scots books for wee ones, check out our list of 10 Scots Language Books or Books with Scots Regional Dialects.

If you'd like more reading recommendations, you can see the other books Bookbug has selected for Book of the Month