Schools and Teachers
Kelpies books are ideal for use in the classroom or school library, either as a class text or to be read just for pleasure. We hope that the familiar Scottish themes and locations of many books in our range give Scottish children familiar stories to identify with and also celebrate Scottish literature. And teachers and librarians seems to agree!
“The Kelpie books bring to life a variety of situations and settings which allow the pupils to appreciate their diverse Scottish heritage” — Ms Maxean Dunham, Headteacher at Banavie Primary
“Valuing Scottish writers, knowing there could be a future career for creative pupils, engaging with their language, meeting the authors whose books are in our library, all these reasons make Scottish children’s books important.” — Miss J Broadley, Literacy Co-ordinator at Flora Stevenson Primary
If you have any questions that aren’t covered on this page please feel free to phone us on 0131 337 2372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you are an educator looking to record any of our books as a way to continue class reading or storytime, please visit this page.
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Or visit our Video Library for a complete list of currently available videos!
We produce classroom resources for selected Kelpies books to give you ideas and inspiration for your lesson plans. Many of these include Curriculum for Excellence learning outcomes. Visit our Features for Teachers page to see what’s available, and feel free to get in touch if you’d like to see classroom resources for a book that’s not included yet.
Sign up to our mailing list especially for teachers to be the first to hear about new releases, classroom resources, and authors available for school visits.
Booklists for Themes and Topics
Click on a topic below to see a list of books related to each one!
- Early Learning
- First World War
- Highland Clearances
- Scots Language
- Scottish Folklore
- Second World War
- Stone Age
- Vikings and Norse Mythology
Many of our authors/illustrators regularly visit schools and children’s book groups/clubs to share their passion for reading and writing. Each of our authors/illustrators have their own styles and specialties — whether you’re looking for a storyteller for P3s, an author to lead a World War One project for P6s, or a creative writing tutor for S2s.
If you’d like to arrange an author visit for your school, please browse our Author and Illustrator section to discover which author might be most suitable for your needs, or alternatively email email@example.com with your requirements and we’ll be happy to advise. The majority of our authors are registered with Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature scheme (which allows their visits to be part-funded).
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We would suggest that schools and libraries don’t order through the website, but rather directly with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We are sometimes able to offer free or reduced UK delivery to schools and libraries (regardless of order quantity), the opportunity to pay via invoice, and potential discounts on volume orders. Why not use our Wishlist feature to decide which books you’d like to buy, and then send it on to us?
If you are unable to order direct, our books are also stocked by many school and library suppliers/wholesalers. You could also use the Wishlist feature to tell your regular supplier what you’d like to order next time.
View Our Latest Catalogue
We produce our Kelpies catalogue twice a year and send copies out to all the primary schools in Scotland. It doesn’t include every book we publish, but rather highlights our forthcoming and bestselling titles. If you haven’t received your copy, or would like to receive additional copies for colleagues and friends, please email email@example.com with your details. The catalogues are also available to view online on our catalogue page.
If you would you like something to brighten up your library or classroom please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request Kelpies posters, which we produce for many books. Unfortunately they’re only available while stocks last!