Burns for Bairns

Category: Bookbug

Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,

Great chieftain o' the puddin-race!’ – Robert Burns, Address to a Haggis

It’s almost Burns night. As we prepare to celebrate, what better way to join in with children than by singing and saying traditional Scottish songs and rhymes?

There are lots of great baby’s and children’s books written in Scots. Start with Rabbie's Rhymes. I’m a big fan of this book. It’s not often you find a flap book of traditional poetry. This book features snippets of well-known Burns verses, with bright bold illustrations which will engage young babies and children

The Katie series features books like Katie's Beasties, Katie's Year, and Katie's Coo (rhymes) – to name a few. Share books in Scots with children and let them delight in Scotland’s language. Play a game of keek-a-boo as you read Katie’s Moose. Explore the alphabet with Animal ABC. Head on over to www.itchy-coo.com to explore books in Scots for children of all ages.

You can also sing some traditional Scots songs. Right here on the website we have a video of Matthew Fitt singing Ally Bally and Katie Bairdie.

For a selection of Scots nursery rhymes in PDF form, have a look at Education Scotland's For Bairns and Weans page.

Burns night is a great time to celebrate the Scots language with your wee ones. But it doesn’t have to end here. Share books, songs and rhymes in Scots and let your children celebrate the language any time of the year. Children love the sounds of the Scots words and will have fun saying them along with you. It will boost their awareness of language and help them to grow into confident speakers who are proud of the country they live in.

Read our Burns for Bairns: Celebrating Scots Stories, Songs and Rhymes blog for more Burns inspiration.