8 Insanely Amazing Children’s Books About Scottish Heritage and Folklore

Have you heard of the Loch Ness Monster? That’s just one of many facets of Scottish folklore! Continue reading to discover children’s books discussing more!

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When I first started watching Outlander years ago, it opened up a new world of history I wasn’t very educated on previously. Of course I knew of Scotland and its history with the English or of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster but I was surprised and excited to learn more about the history and beliefs that Outlander was providing about the Scottish people. After visiting Scotland very recently, I couldn’t have been more excited to put together a list of children’s books to help teach about Scottish heritage and folklore in order to help celebrate Scottish Heritage month. Enjoy reading!

1. The Story of Scotland by Richard Brassey and Stewart Ross

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This magical book takes young readers through the history of Scotland, all the way from the Ice Age, the Vikings, Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie and many more famous Scots in the present day. The book is filled with beautiful illustrations and captions that make it easy for readers to follow along. The recommended age for this book is 9 to 11 years old.

2. This is Edinburgh: A Children’s Classic by Miroslav Sasek (Author)

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Miroslav Sasek has been writing and creating books for over 40 years. This is Edinburgh is only one of the many books in Saseks This is… series. In this new and improved version of This is Edinburgh, Sasek updates facts and beautiful illustrations that are bound to keep both children and parents entertained. He does a great job at highlighting Scotland’s amazing features. The recommended age for this book is 8 to 11 years old.

3. What Do We Know about the Loch Ness Monster? By Steve Korté , Who Hq and Andrew Thomson

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The legend of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster has been troubling people for centuries. In this book, authors cover the history of the Loch Ness Monster, starting in the year 565. Going into detail, the book goes over experiments, tests and research that have provided hints about the Loch Ness Monster and whether or not it is real. The recommended age for this book is 8 to 12 years old.

4. Good Night Scotland by Adam Gamble, Mark Jasper and Suwin Chan

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In this sweet, endearing book the author takes readers on a ride through the very interesting and magical history of Scotland. With illustrations of Edinburgh Castle, Nessie, the National Museum of Scotland and much, much more, this book is captivating and charming, perfect for a bedtime read. The recommended age for this book is 3 months to 3 years old.

5. Hello Scottish Animals by Kate McLelland

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This book teaches young readers all about Scottish animals. From otters and seals to highland cows, this is the perfect book to broaden your child’s knowledge on animals. Who’s lurking around in Loch Ness? This beautifully illustrated book brings Scotland’s most famous animals to life. The recommended age for this book is 3 to 6 years old.

6. Scottish Year: Twelve Months in the Life of Scotland’s Kids by Tania McCartney

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In this book, you’ll meet Isla, Dominik, James, Sophie and Rashida, a group of friends from Scotland that represent the different races and cultures that make up Scotland. In this story, they will take readers on the journey of a typical Scottish year, from the way everyday life to the fascinating traditions that take place. With beautiful illustrations, these five children take readers on a tour of Scotland’s historical cities to the Highlands. The recommended age for this book is 4 to 8 years old.

7. There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie by Rebecca Colby and Kate McLelland

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When a wee lass tries to catch up to a midgie, she must swallow other Scottish animals, such as a Scottie dog, a puffin and a seal, in order to finally reach the little midgie. But can’t possibly have room for that midgie after eating all those animals, can she? The recommended age for this book is 2 to 5 years.

8. Greyfriars Bobby: A Puppy’s Tale by Michelle Sloan and Elena Bia

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The story of Greyfriars Bobby, the loyal terrier, is extremely popular throughout Scotland. Bobby, the little dog, lives in Edinburgh. He has plenty of friends, such as the local children, policeman John Gray and an orphan called Sandy but Bobby doesn’t have a home to call his own. In this book, Sloan shares the life of Bobby and his loyalty and love with the audience. The recommended age for this book is 4 to 7 years old.

Whether you have Scottish heritage, your family is planning on visiting Scotland sometime soon, or you just want some interesting books to read with your child, these are all great options that will educate you on Scottish history and folklore. Enjoy learning!


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