Fine Nine: our books of 2019

There are nine days to go until Christmas, so today we are picking our nine favourite Scottish children’s titles of 2019.

Just for fun, each is reviewed below in nine words (which wasn’t quite the time-saver intended).

We hope you enjoy our quick celebration of a wonderful year for children’s books, from our corner of the British Isles and beyond.

In no particular order…

The Star in the Forest, by Helen Kellock (picture book)
Beautiful, enchanting debut filled with wonder at what’s outside.

Crime Squirrel Investigators: the Naughty Nut Thief, by Emily Dodd and Giulia Cregut (picture book)
Funny and clever, a squirrel whodunnit celebrating nature’s details.

Guardians of the Wild Unicorns, by Lindsay Littleson
Pacey wilderness adventure with proper unicorns (not pink ones).

Animal Rescue Club: the Baby Otter Rescue, by Michelle Sloan
Cool kids save cute creatures – perfect for new readers.

Help! I Smell a Monster, by Justin Davies & Kim Geyer
Hilarious mythically-inspired adventure. Davies’ Medusa is simply marvellous!

Eagle Warrior, by Gill Lewis
Brilliantly bleak wildlife drama. Inspires readers to create change.

The Tzar’s Curious Runaways, by Robin Scott-Elliot
Royal circus escapees flee across Russia. Characters are captivating.

The God of All Small Boys, by Joseph Lamb
Powerful insight into childhood in 1917 Dundee. We cried.

The Stone of Destiny, by Caroline Logan
Girl meets seal. Sparks fly. Addictive, sweeping Scottish fantasy.


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