For Grownups: Introducing Kelpies

The Kelpies range from Floris Books comprises over 40 children's novels set in Scotland or with Scottish themes. Kelpies are suitable for children from 8 to 12 years old. We also have a range for younger readers between 6 and 9 years old called Young Kelpies. Our aim is to produce novels with a cracking story, strong characters, believable dialogue and a compelling atmosphere.

Based in Edinburgh, Floris Books is passionate about the strong Scottish content of the Kelpies. By setting all our novels in Scotland, or basing them around Scottish themes, children living in Scotland can read books they find it easy to relate to. The language, location and issues within the Kelpies novels are all familiar and relevant.

The award-winning Kelpies range is Scotland's favourite collection of children's fiction. Floris Books aquired the list in 2001 from Canongate. Since then its classic titles, loved by generations of children, have been re-printed so they can be enjoyed by children today. These classic Kelpies include The Boy with the Bronze Axe, The Desperate Journey, Quest for a Kelpie and Hill of the Red Fox.

The Kelpies range has continued to grow since 2001 with more quality, original children's novels added each year. Recent successes include Chill by Alex Nye and First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts by Lari Don, both winners of the Royal Mail Award for Younger Readers, in 2007 and 2009 respectively.

To buy books in the Kelpies range (or any other Floris Books titles) visit the Floris Books website. For more information on Floris Books, visit the Who We Are page on this website. Please note that, because it is intended for children, the Discover Kelpies website is not a 'selling' website -- it's for information and entertainment. We don't offer an e-commerce function.

Kelpies Prize

The Kelpies Prize was re-launched in 2005 to encourage new Scottish writing for children: exciting contemporary fiction for pre-teens that has an identifiably Scottish feel, without cliches. The prize is awarded annually to previously unpublished manuscripts. Winners have included Catscape by Mike Nicholson, Hox by Annemarie Allan and Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest by Janis Mackay.

Find out more about the Kelpies Prize, including how to enter, by visiting the Kelpies Prize website.

Free Teachers' Guides for Schools

Free Teachers' Guides are available for books in the Kelpies range. They include individual and group activites as well as notes on themes and vocabulary. Teachers' Guides are freely downloadable for use in the classroom.

Author and Book Events

As the largest publisher of children's books in Scotland, we have long-standing relationships with many teachers, librarians and bookshops. Kelpies authors regularly visit schools, libraries, book festivals and book clubs. If you are interested in holding an author event please email for more information. Many of our authors can be booked through the Live Literature Scheme run by Scottish Book Trust.

Free Posters for Schools and Libraries

Would you like to brighten up your library or classroom? Please contact to request Kelpies posters, which are produced for many of our newer titles. (Posters are provided at our discretion while stocks last.)

e-Newsletter and Competitions produces a free monthly e-newsletter with Kelpies-related news, extracts and competitions. For any child under 16 years old, a parent or guardian's name and approval is required to sign up for the newsletter. The subscription can be cancelled at any time by following the 'unsubscribe' link in the email. If you have any questions about the newsletter or wish to see a sample please email

A child cannot enter competitions unless they are registered to receive the e-newsletter. Parental permission is also required for entry. If a child wins a competition, they will be contacted on their registered email address. If the child is under 16 years old, a parent or guardian must then provide further details for receipt of the prize. Unless otherwise stated, competitions are for UK residents only.

Our Privacy Statement has more details about the information that is collected on this website, including information for the e-newsletter and competitions.

Contact Us

Kelpies at Floris Books
15 Harrison Gardens
Edinburgh EH11 1SH
Tel: 0131 337 2372
Fax: 0131 347 9919

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