At start of every New Year we take a look back at our favourite books from the previous year. The Hoolet Thit Couldnae Fly – by Emma Grae, illustratit by Bob Dewar is our Children’s book of 2023.

Written in the Scots language, this is Emma’s first children’s book. Emma Grae is a Scottish author and journalist from Glasgow. She is a passionate advocate of the Scots language and breaking the stigma around mental illness. Read more about Emma here:

Ah want tae check she’s awricht. Ah kin luik there fur Brodie an aw. Burds are meant tae fly“.

Brodie goes missing. Being a bird with a bad wing, Iona is sent into a worry. Her mammy is busy trying to get her ready for school and the snaw is settling in. But Brodie must be found.

Running through the garden and exploring Mad Billy’s farm, Brodie couldn’t have gone far. After all, she was a hoolet thit couldnae fly.

A fantastic book from award-winning Scots author Emma Grae, exploring themes of confidence and celebrates the idea that it is okay to be different. Meet all the different animals we encounter on the search for Brodie in this bonnie wee book.

There is an untapped market for an original children’s book in Scots and Emma is keen to fill it with great stories for kids aged 7-10 years old.