The Kelpies imprint is published by independent publishing company Floris Books, which is based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Kelpies are Scottish books for children everywhere — from tots to teens! Each of our Kelpies ranges is targeted at a specific age group: Wee Kelpies for 1 to 3 year olds, Picture Kelpies for 3 to 6 year olds, Young Kelpies for 6 to 8 year olds, Kelpies for 8 to 12 year olds, and KelpiesEdge for readers aged 12+.

Floris Books is the largest publisher of children’s books in Scotland. We acquired the original Kelpies list — which included books from classic Scottish authors such as Kathleen Fidler, George Mackay Brown and Mollie Hunter — from fellow Scottish publisher Canongate in 2002. In 2003 we published our first new Kelpie and have since launched the careers of many award-winning Scottish children’s authors including Lari Don, Janis Mackay and Alex McCall, as well as publishing books by such literary greats as Theresa Breslin, Joan Lingard and Cathy MacPhail.

In 2010, our Kelpies list (for 8 to 12 year olds) was joined by the Picture Kelpies range of quality Scottish picture books for 3 to 6 year olds, allowing us to work with many talented illustrators as well as Kelpies authors. KelpiesEdge, launched in 2014, features Scottish books with attitude for older readers. And in 2015 we achieved our ambition of publishing books for tots to teens with the Wee Kelpies board books for wee ones and Young Kelpies range of illustrated early readers for 6 to 8 year olds.

All of our Kelpies books have a Scottish connection — be it the author, illustrator, characters, storyline or setting — which makes them very special indeed. But wherever in the world you are, you can enjoy a Kelpie!

Meet the Kelpies Team

Within Floris Books, the Kelpies Team is a small band of dedicated book addicts with a passion for all things word and picture related. We know all about our books and we love to share that knowledge with the world. Ask us anything! But the Kelpies Team wouldn’t be complete without our supremely talented Kelpies authors, illustrators and friends. This photo was taken on our 10th anniversary in 2013:


Join the Kelpies Team

Become a Kelpies Author or Illustrator

We’re always on the lookout for talented authors and illustrators to become part of the Kelpies family. You can find further details on our Become an Author page.

Work at Floris Books

For the latest on opportunities at Floris Books, including internships, please visit the Recruitment page on the main Floris Books website.

More about Floris Books

Floris Books — the Kelpies’ parent company — publishes non-fiction books for adults, and fiction for children. Our non-fiction list is quality books which look at the world a little differently and cover all aspects of holistic and alternative living, including Steiner-Waldorf education, biodynamics and organics, holistic health, philosophy of the natural world, mind body spirit, parenting and child health, philosophy of human life and religion & spirituality.

For children, we publish board and picture books for 0-7 year olds, including international stories in translation and nostalgic classics from illustrators such as Elsa Beskow, and story books and anthologies for 6-10 year olds. We also publish a wide range of craft and activity books for children and adults of all ages.

To discover more about Floris Books, please visit the main Floris Books website.