Five children's books from Scotland
A Scots Alphabet, The Bunk-Bed Bus, Granny Nothing, Skarrs and Boyracers
Selected by Janet Smyth, children and education programme director at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Susan Rennie and Karen Sutherland (Itchy Coo, 2002)
Fantastic illustrations, and a very funny introduction to a menagerie of animals described in Scots.
Frank Rodgers (Puffin, 2004)
I love the quirkiness of The Bunk-Bed Bus starring a clever granny who trumps her snooty Neighbour by entering said bus in an art competition.
Catherine MacPhail (Strident, 2012)
Granny Nothing is described as a ‘rhinoceros in a frock’ and she crashes into the lives of her grandchildren like a bull in a china shop.
Catherine Forde (Egmont 2008)
A touching novel of a boy who has fallen in with a neo-Nazi gang and is struggling to find a path out of his situation.
Alan Bissett (Polygon 2002)
Set in Falkirk, it describes a group of teenagers just teetering on the cusp of becoming adults.