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Spectacular Scottish books for young readers

Age group: 9-11
Topics: Scots

Highlighting the very best of Scotland! From the best Scottish authors and illustrators, to great books set in Scotland and books written in glorious Scots! There are books here to tickle your Scottish taste-buds.

David Cockayne Shetland for Bairns

This book is perfect for anyone who loves Shetland – whether you've visited or not! It's a great non-fiction title, with contributions from across the community detailing every aspect of life on the Shetland Isles. With activities galore, this is the ideal book to share together.

Tamsin Mori The Weather Weaver

Set on Shetland, this is a story of myths, magic and clouds. Stella has returned to Shetland for the summer, but her life changes when she meets Tamar and begins to learn the art of weather waving...

Elle McNicoll A Kind of Spark

Set in a village on the outskirts of Edinburgh, this is a heart-warming story of 11-year-old Addie as she campaigns for a memorial to remember witches tried in her area. This book tells an empowering story of resilience, self-belief and friendship.

Barbara Henderson The Chessmen Thief

A fictional story inspired by the Lewis Chessmen, we love this gripping tale of courage and adventure. Set in Norway and Scotland at the time of the Vikings, this is the perfect read for any history lover!

Robin Scott-Elliott The Acrobats of Agra

A thrilling adventure set in 1857 Agra, India, as the British East India Company’s rule in India collapses. An enchanting read, this story intertwines real and fictional characters to create a page-turning adventure.

Julia Paton Vivian French The Spectacular Revenge of Suzi Sims

This is a quirky school-based story about standing up to bullies and proving yourself. Nasty Miss Grit and Barbie Meek are brought to life with Vivian's lively dialogue and Julia Patton's expressive illustrations. We were cheering on Suzi as Sports Day approaches and she plans to get her own back…

Christopher Nielsen Gill Arbuthnott Balloon to the Moon

This beautiful non-fiction books celebrates the 50 year anniversary of the moon landing. We love the chapter countdown- you definitely feel as if you are preparing for landing as you read!

Kate Leiper Theresa Breslin An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures

We love the gorgeous illustrations by Kate Leiper which beautifully complement the traditional tales, expertly retold by Theresa Breslin. This will make you want to delve deeper into more Scottish myths and traditional tales!

Lindsay Littleston The Titanic Detective Agency

This retelling of the Titanic disaster from the perspective of adventurous Aberdonian Bertha Watt is sure to have you hooked from the first page. Lindsey’s retelling is gripping and adds mystery and intrigue to the fateful voyage…

Chae Strathie Marisa Morea So You think You Got It Bad: A Kid’s Life in Ancient Greece

We love this entertaining and tongue-in-cheek look at life in Ancient Greece for boys and girls by the hilarious Chae Strathie. This book is perfect for every history lover- and is filled with fascinating facts and gorgeous illustrations.

Jeff Kinney Thomas Clark Diary of a Wimpy Wean

We love this Scots version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid- Greg Heffley’s laughter, gags and disasters are just as hilarious (if not more so) in Scots!

Victoria Williamson The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle

This is a touching exploration of moving to a new and unfamiliar country, and the importance of kindness and friendship. Set in Glasgow, Victoria Williamson carefully weaves a convincing tale that explores the refugee crisis and its presence in contemporary Scotland.

Kimberlie Hamilton Scotland’s Animal Superstars: True Stories about Braw Birds and Beasties

There’s a wow factor about how many wonderful animal stars we have in Scotland, makes us feel proud and curious!

J.K. Rowling Matthew Fitt Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stane

We love this first chapter in Harry’s story as he starts Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and hearing it translated into Scots by Matthew Fitt brings the words to life in a wonderful new way!

Jill Calder Simon Holland The Picture Atlas

We love this beautiful atlas – a great way to learn about different parts of the world or plan an epic adventure.

Theresa Breslin Divided City

We love this Scottish classic for its sensitive look at the divides and conflicts in our society, and our shared humanity beneath them.

Pamela Butchart Tony Ross Secret Seven: Mystery of the Skull

We’ve always loved this detective club, so it is brilliant to have a great new adventure to read about, with Pamela’ Butchart’s fantastic humour and storytelling.

Ross MacKenzie The Nowhere Emporium

This is an enchanting story which captured our imagination as we followed the emporium from Glasgow across the world and watched its secrets unfold!