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24 October 2021

Books and learning resources for children

We are shining the spotlight on Scotland's publishers of educational and children's books. Whether for learning at home or for recreation there is sure to be something that suits. Some of them also have free resources.


Bright Red Publishing

An independent educational publisher of Study Guides and Course Books for Scottish Qualifications Authority exams, Bright Red Publishing  also hosts a Digital Zone of free resources for both teachers and students.


Collins/Leckie & Leckie

Leckie & Leckie is the part of Collins Education that publishes resources for the Scottish curriculum, from Early Level to Advanced Higher to be used in class and at home. The Collins at Home website has a wealth of free resources to support your child's learning at home including support for Scottish schools.


Hodder Gibson

A Scottish educational publisher, Hodder Gibson publishes a wide range of resources for secondary schools, from textbooks and innovative eTextbooks to study and revision materials, supporting students and teachers. 


TeeJay Maths

TeeJay Maths (part of Hodder Gibson) aims to support teachers and pupils with home schooling/remote learning as much as they can and have created a brand-new digital library.



Acair's books are well-known in Gaelic Medium schools across Scotland. And outwith education, Acair have developed a long list of general interest books in Gaelic, English and Scots which can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.


Barrington Stoke

A publisher of books for children and young adults, Barrington Stoke works with the best writers and illustrators to publish super-readable, accessible books that help every child experience the joy of reading. They have lots of free resources for pupils and teachers on their website.


Cranachan Publishing

Cranachan publish high quality children's fiction for 8-12s. Cranachan also publish educational resources for teachers. And of particular interest during lockdown is their Stay-at-Home anthology free to download from their website. 


Floris Books

Floris's Kelpies books in particular are ideal for use in the classroom or school library, either as a class text or to be read just for pleasure. See also information on sharing their books.


Little Door Books

A Scottish independent publisher of children's books by debut and emerging authors and illustrators. Little Door Books has a wonderful array of accessible free online resources, such as colouring and activity sheets, available to download from the Little Door Books website. For any questions about online book reading permissions please contact Alan Windram -


Sainted Media

A Scottish based publisher creating family friendly books and apps for a global community. A range of stories and activities based on the popular Bongles stories are available here, and Sainted Media also offer a selection of skills based stories and STEAM stories for schools on their My Story Learning site.


Tippermuir Books

Publishing a wonderfully diverse range of books in English and Scots language, Tippermuir Books are happy for the following titles to be read online to children.

The Nicht Afore ChristmasA Squatter o BairnrhymesThe Tale o the Wee Mowdie that wantit tae ken wha keeched on his heid



Giglets is an online reading resource accessed by over 25,000 pupils every week.



Ailsapress | Black & White Publishing | Blue Fox Comics | Curly Tale Books | Fledgling Books | Itchy Coo | Moonlight Publishing | Sainted Media | Scotland Street PressWaverley Books


Scottish Book Trust

This national charity works to inspire children and teens to become lifelong readers and writers. Its website has masses of resources for all ages including a Home Activities Hub.


Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig

This organisation co-ordinates the production and distribution of Gaelic educational resources throughout Scotland.