• The Kelpies imprint is published by independent publishing company Floris Books, which is based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • 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 Ross Mackenzie, Lari Don, Janis Mackay Victoria Williamson and Lindsay Littleson, as well as publishing books by such literary greats as Theresa Breslin, Joan Lingard and Cathy MacPhail.
  • Kelpies are Scottish books for children everywhere.
  • 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.
  • We launched a range for readers aged 12+ in 2014, featuring Scottish books with attitude for older readers now called KelpiesEdge.
  • In 2015 we achieved our ambition of publishing books for tots to teens with the Wee Kelpies board books for 1 to 3 year olds, and the Young Kelpies range of illustrated early readers for 6 to 8 year olds.
  • In 2017 we also started publishing a range of fun and engaging Scottish activity books for children in our Kelpies World range.
  • 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 always enjoy a Kelpie!

Awards and Accolades

We are very proud that lots of our Kelpies books have won prizes and awards, including: numerous Scottish Children’s Book Awards, the North East award and the Blue Peter Best Story Award, receiving further nominations for the Kate Greenaway awards, the Carnegie Medal and the LOLLIES.

Meet the Kelpies Team

Within Floris Books, the Kelpies Team is a small band of dedicated bookworms with a passion for all things word and picture related. However, we wouldn’t be complete without our exceptionally talented Kelpies authors, illustrators and friends.
Kelpies team 2020

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 books 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, parenting and child health 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.