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Foggie Toddle Books

Foggie Toddle Books is a small independent publisher (and children’s bookshop) based in Wigtown, Scotland’s National Booktown. We publish children’s picture books with a Scottish theme, including Scots Language titles. In 2021 we were awarded a Scots Language Publication Grant to publish Wheesht! by Susi Briggs.  With our Second Sands imprint we publish poetry, local history, and fiction for adults.

We publish two to four books a year.

Established: 2020


Foggie Toddle Books highlights

The Castle Cat

The Castle Cat is a lovely picture book by Alasdair Hutton and it tells the story of a hungry kitten who unexpectedly finds a new home after following some soldiers. They decide to adopt him and take him back to their barracks in Edinburgh Castle. But will he ever really feel at home in the busy bustle of city life? Find out in this charming book with watercolour illustrations by artist William Gorman.

Muscle work, Alcohol and Blame

Full collection of poetry and artwork by writer Des Dillon published under our Second Sands imprint. Features poems on the themes of Family, Death, Philosophy, Nature, Love and Politics. Each section has an accompanying new original artwork by the writer. This collection follows on from the success of Des’s limited edition chapbook. Des is one of Scotland’s leading writers with his novel Me and My Gal regarded as a classic and featured in the list of 100 best reads. His writing is critically acclaimed, popular and sometimes controversial, often addressing the elitism that creates under-classes. Poet Charlie Gracie wrote of the collection: “He writes beautifully with a physicality that engages from the very first line and retains a tender grip throughout.”


Shug the Dug has a lovely family who love him but who don’t appreciate his singing. Shug thinks he’s a fantoosh singer and likes to sing everywhere – arrooorooorooo. One night they put him in the garden in the hope that he’ll play with his toys and ‘haud his wheesht.’ But poor Shug doesn’t know what that means and sets off to find out. This is a delightful story in Scots from the award winning writer Susi Briggs and illustrated by William Gorman. Great to read with your wee ones who will want to join in with Shug’s wonderful singing.

Second Sands

Under our Second Sands imprint, we publish poetry, local history, and fiction for adults.