We are very lucky to have some wonderful children’s picture books set locally.

If you live in Cornwall or just want to introduce a child to our beautiful county be prepared for mermaids, cats, bears and seadragons!

Soggy the Bear 

By Philip Moran and illustrated by Michael Foreman

This series is all set in St Ives and the surrounding countryside and follows a bear who, in the first title, is lost at sea, rescued and given a new home and name – Soggy! The rest of the books follow him and his friends Grandfather and Jack on various escapades with an assortment of characters. Many visitors to St Ives will be familiar with these stories and ‘Grandfather’ Phil’s house with its balcony overlooking the harbour.

Soggy the Bear Philip Moran

Other titles in the series include:

Soggy to the Rescue

Soggy and the Mermaid

Soggy and the Golden Treasure

Soggy the Sailor

Soggy and the Smuggler’s Cat – Currently out of print.

Soggy and the Mystery – Currently out of print

Soggy and the Giant

Grandfather’s Story

These and others can all be found in our dedicated Cornish picture book shop area Browse it here

Helen Dunmore and Rebecca Cobb’s Cornish trio

Both The Islanders and The Lonely Sea Dragon are set in St Ives, whilst The Ferry Birds is based on a couple of turnstones who really do ride the ferry at St Mawes!

The Islanders Helen Dunmore Rebecca Cobb SIGNED

Lonely Sea Dragon Helen Dunmore SIGNED

Ferry Birds Helen Dunmore

Michelle Cartlidge’s Moushole tales

These marvellously illustrated picture books are all based in the Cornish fishing village of Mousehole. Young children will love poring over the tiny details Michelle has painstakingly created.

The Theatre-by-the-sea which the Mouse family visit is based on the famous Minack Theatre further along the coast!

Mousehole Mice Michelle Cartlidge SIGNED

The Mousehole Mice and the Theatre by the Sea Michelle Cartlidge SIGNED


Michael Foreman

As well as illustrating the Soggy series Michael has worked on various other Cornish titles.

Cornish Tales Eric Quayle SIGNED

Little Sea Dragons Wild Adventure Helen Dunmore SIGNED

The Mermaid’s Christmas Adventure SIGNED Michael Foreman