November Reading List: Splendid Scotland

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What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Scotland? Robert the Bruce, The Tattoo, or perhaps the legendary Loch Ness monster? Whatever splendid Scotland means to you, we’ve brought together a collection that’s more exciting than a Celtic ceilidh to celebrate Book Week Scotland,taking place from 19th-25th November. So join us as we head North on a bonnie adventure…

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Stories from Scotland 
Series: Oxford Children’s Myths and Legends
Age Group: 9+

Dive into myths and legends from the Highlands to the islands in this wonderful collection of stories. Meet Tam Lin the elfin knight, MacCodrum of the Seals and many more heroes in adventures that will take you on a sweeping tour of Scotland.

Find Stories from Scotland on Amazon or on our website

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A Monster Mistake
Series: Oxford Reading Tree
Oxford Level 5

Join Biff, Chip and Kipper on holiday in Scotland where they’re fascinated by the legend of the Loch Ness monster. They’re more than happy to help Gran play a trick on Mum, but does the Loch Ness monster really exist? This book is a great starting point for you to examine (and challenge!) this and other myths and legends with your class.

Find A Monster Mistake on Amazon, see the whole level 5 pack or read the ebook for free on Oxford Owl 

an illustrated treasury of scottish folk and fairy tales

An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales
Oxford Level 14–15

Funny, enchanting and moving, this collection is packed full of the magical and mysterious creatures of Scottish folklore. From slithering stoorworms to mischievious brownies, and from fierce kelpies to magical selkies, the stories and illustrations will bring Scotland’s rich folk tradition to life in your classroom.

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Katie Morag’a Island Stories
Oxford Level 9–10

What would it be like to live on a remote Scottish island? Welcome to the Isle of Struay, home to Katie Morag. This collection of stories describes the adventures that Katie has there with plenty of colourful characters to get to know and love.


Series: Treetops Classics
Oxford Level 17

Scotland has been home to many of our best-loved writers, including the creator of Treasure Island and Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson. In this TreeTops Classics version of his story, Kidnapped, we follow David Balfour in a nail-biting journey across Scotland, where he must escape from terrible danger. All of the books in the TreeTops Classics series are specially written by top children’s authors to be accessible to junior readers, making this a great introduction to a Scottish classic.

Find Kidnapped on Amazon or see the whole level 17 pack

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Time Chronicles: The Stone of Destiny
Series: Treetops Time Chronicles
Oxford Level 13

The history of Scotland as we know it is at stake! The Time Runners must battle to stop a fiendish Viran plan to steal the Scottish Stone of Destiny. Biff, Chip and Kipper are older now, and the Time Chronicles follow their next set of adventures in a series of exciting chapter books. Each book is packed full of real historical events and characters, fascinating facts, and rich language to challenge your readers.

Find Time Chronicles: The Stone of Destiny on Amazon or see the whole level 13 pack 

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Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Singing Dad and Other Stories
Read with Oxford: Children who are developing early reading skills
Series: Read with Oxford
Age Group: 4-5

Find on Amazon or see the whole level 2 pack

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Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Clare and the Fair and Other Stories
Read with Oxford: Children who are gaining more reading confidence
Series: Read with Oxford
Age Group: 5-7

Find on Amazon or see the whole level 6 Pack

Illustrated by the brilliant Scottish illustrator, Ross Collins, these fun collections of stories focus on building phonics skills. Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build children’s reading confidence. Easy-to-follow progression and tips for reading together make these ideal titles to recommend to parents who want to help support their child with learning to read at home.

Scotland is rather splendid, isn’t it? Now that you’re all set to conquer Ben Nevis, we’ll see you next time for, you guessed it, our Christmas Book List! And watch out for those mischievous brownies!

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