What books are you reading at the moment? I’ve continued trying my best to reach my total of 52 books this year but having only read 27 books so far this year I’m seriously lagging behind! Whilst I don’t count children’s books in my total, we’ve also been reading plenty recently. Here at 5 great Scottish Children’s Books that we love to read, I’d love to hear what your favourites are…
Maisie Comes to Morningside by Aileen Paterson
I adored the Maisie books myself as a child and really enjoy sharing them with Katie at bedtime. They are almost ‘chapter’ books in their own right given the word count so often constitute a few nights of reading. The stories do make as laugh though and Katie is always happy to listen the story. The pictures are beautiful and contain many identifiable Edinburgh sights! Does anyone else remember when the National Museum of Scotland had fish in the general foyer?!
Maggie’s Mittens by Coo Clayton and Alison Soye
New to the shelves this week, we have absolutely fallen in love with Maggie’s Mittens. Illustrated by our own beautiful Alison Soye it’s pictures bring Scotland to life in a riot of colour. Coo has written a wonderful story in which young Maggie learns that Granny’s knitting is actually jolly useful! We love the little squirrel that is hidden on each page and Thomas is slowly learning where each one is – it helps that we’ve already read the book about 12 times today!
The Fearsome Beastie by Giles Payley Phillips
Whilst this is isn’t technically set in Scotland – or written by someone Scottish! – anything that includes a ‘Beastie’ has one it’s place on this list! It also contains a fairly fearsome Grandma who I suspect has Gaelic blood somewhere in her veins so it’s staying. I love all of Gile’s books because they don’t follow your typical ‘fairytale’ plot and inevitably have the kids cackling with laughter. Think Roald Dahl’s ‘Revolting Rhymes’ more than Disney Princesses!
This is Edinburgh by Miroslav Sasek
Katie received a copy of this beautiful book for her birthday recently. First published in 1961, it’s illustrations are more muted that more modern books but given the timelessness of Edinburgh – it contains many recognisable sites. I would say that this is more of a picture book than a story book but is perfect for any child who enjoys non-fiction.
Max and Zap at the Museum by Molly Macpherson and Natasha Rimmington
One of Katie’s favourite days out is undoubtedly the National Museum of Scotland – as the perfect FREE rainy day option in Edinburgh it’s also somewhere we visit quite often. Inspired by the actual exhibits Max and Zap is a joy for anyone familiar with the various areas of the museums. Natasha’s illustrations are also beautiful so even for those not lucky enough to visit, you can go on an exciting literary tour instead!
What are you reading your kids? Will you try out any of these?
P.S. Check out what ‘grown up’ books I’ve been reading…