Welcome to Curly Tale Books.


We are a (quite) new (quite) small independent publishing company specialising in children’s books and from November 2015 we also have a real bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland’s National Booktown.

Jayne and Shalla, author and illustrator of Big Bill's Beltie Bairns

Curly Tale Books Ltd is the initiative of writer Jayne Baldwin and author and illustrator Shalla Gray. The company began in May 2013 in a small village in glorious Galloway in South West Scotland, not far from Wigtown.

We were both published authors but we decided to go into business for ourselves as we are just bursting with ideas. In fact we have so many great stories in the pipeline that Curly Tale Books will not be accepting any unsolicited submissions at the moment.

We have now published our first seven books ‘The Quite Big Rock‘ the first book for young children written by comic book legend Alan Grant‘Big Bill the Beltie Bull’, ‘Big Bill’s Beltie Bairns’, ‘The Galloway Chilli’, ‘Maxwell’s Mega Mission’ and a new bigger and better edition of Shalla’s first book ‘Charlotte’s Woolly Yarn.’ We’ve just published the second book by Alan Grant – Sammy the Rainbow Snail!

In November 2015 we took over the much loved children’s bookshop in Wigtown, The Box of Frogs, and turned it into Curly Tale Books.

We’re currently working on the third book in our Beltie series which will feature Big Bill, Bertie and Buntie and some silly sheep related to Charlotte in a story called Big Bill and the Larking Lambs.

Have a look at our growing list of stockists to find one near you or remember you can order direct from our shop on this website. Our books can also be ordered from any bookseller.

We are now members of Publishing Scotland, The Booksellers Association and the Federation of Small Businesses.

Follow us on our journey, it’s a lot of fun.