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! Here are just a few responses from our recent Kelpies School Libraries Competition, where Aldourie Primary in Inverness won £500 of Kelpies books to stock their library. Read the full article here.

“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

We hope that these frequently asked questions will help teachers and librarians who would like to use Kelpies in schools. If you have any questions that aren’t covered here please feel free to phone us on 0131 337 2372 or email

Do you offer author/illustrator visits to schools?

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 (check out the Events Sheets for more details) or alternatively email 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).

There’s more information on our Author Events page.

Can I get free posters for my school or library?

If you would you like something to brighten up your library or classroom please email to request Kelpies posters, which we produce for many books. Unfortunately they’re only available while stocks last!

I would like to order books for my school or library. Should I order through the website?

We would suggest that schools and libraries don’t order through the website, but rather directly with us by emailing 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.

Do you have a catalogue of all your Kelpies books?

Absolutely! We produce our Kelpies catalogue twice a year and send copies out to all the primary schools in Scotland. If you haven’t received your copy, or would like to receive additional copies for colleagues and friends, please email with your details. The catalogues are also available to view online on our catalogue page.

Do you have any resources that can be used in the classroom?

For several years, we produced free Teacher’s Guides to selected Kelpies. Below is a complete list of all the Teacher’s Guides currently available. All guides are PDFs, so you’ll need a version of Acrobat or PDF Reader to open and print them.

Please note: the majority of these guides were produced for the previous 5-14 Curriculum. They have not yet been updated for the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. We hope that you find the ideas and activities in them useful anyway as general inspiration for class projects and exercises.