Recommended reads

Explore book recommendations and delve into exciting stories about Scotland's historic places, tales and characters.

Author Barbara Henderson knows a thing or two about books – she’s written seven for young people and won a 2021 Young Quills Award for Historical Fiction for her novel The Siege of Caerlaverock. Lots of her novels draw on stories of Scotland’s past for inspiration. 

We asked Barbara for a list of some of her favourite books about Scotland’s places and people, and she has come up with some great suggestions.

Click on the selected books below to find out more about her recommendations. Why not borrow them from your local library or buy them from our online shop? Happy reading! 


Picture books

Here’s a great selection of books suitable for younger children. Enjoy the words and pictures together! 

Books for upper primary

Adventure, friendship, and hope – these books will let children aged 8-12 travel through place and time. Take a look! 

Books for young adults

Got the historical fiction bug? Or fancy giving a historical novel a go for the first time? Dive right in.