The Scottish Children’s Book Awards shortlist has been announced today, Wednesday 2nd September, celebrating the most popular children’s and young adult books by Scottish authors or illustrators.
The shortlist, featuring nine books which will be read and voted on by tens of thousands of Scottish children, includes one debut author, two former SCBA winners, five authors who have appeared on SCBA shortlists in previous years and the winner of the Blue Peter Best Book Award 2015. The shortlist is split into three age categories: Bookbug Readers (3–7 yrs), Younger Readers (8–11 yrs) and Older Readers (12–16 yrs).
Popular subjects which recur in the six books from the older categories include mysteries and WWII, while animals feature in all three Bookbug category picture books.
Run by Scottish Book Trust for nine consecutive years, with support from Creative Scotland, these are Scotland’s largest book awards, with over 28,000 votes cast in 2015. The prize fund totals £12,000, with shortlisted authors and illustrators receiving £500 per book, and the three winners receiving £3,000 each.
The shortlist is:
Bookbug Readers (3-7 years)
Never Tickle a Tiger by Pamela Butchart and Marc Boutavant (Bloomsbury)
Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie (Bloomsbury)
Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School by Simon Puttock and Ali Pye (Nosy Crow)
Younger Readers (8-11 years)
The Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie (Floris)
The Mysteries of Ravenstorm Island: The Lost Children by Gillian Philip (Orchard)
The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird (Macmillan)
Older Readers (12-16 years)
Black Dove White Raven by Elizabeth Wein (Egmont)
The Piper by Danny Weston (the pseudonym of Philip Caveney) (Andersen)
Trouble on Cable Street by Joan Lingard (Catnip)
Over the next five months, children the length and breadth of Scotland will be reading the three shortlisted books in their age category and voting for their favourite. The voting deadline is 5 February 2016. The three winning books will be announced at a special award ceremony on 2 March 2016.
A free copy of the three Bookbug category books will be gifted to every Primary 1 child during Book Week Scotland, in the Bookbug P1 Family Bag. This bag was produced by Scottish Book Trust in conjunction with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government as part of Read, Write, Count – a new literacy and numeracy campaign aimed at children in Primary 1 to 3.
Jasmine Fassl, Head of Schools at Scottish Book Trust, said;
“The Scottish Children’s Book Awards are a perfect way to celebrate Scotland’s talented authors and illustrators, while also helping participating children to develop an independent love of books and reading. Hundreds of schools and libraries from literally every corner of Scotland involve tens of thousands of children in reading and reviewing the shortlisted books every year, proof of both the eagerness of Scottish young people to make their voice heard and of the quality of the shortlisted books.”
Leonie Bell, Director of Creative Development at Creative Scotland, said;
“The Scottish Children's Book Awards is a hugely successfully programme that celebrates children’s and young adult literature while also encouraging reading in children across Scotland. The fact that the winners are selected exclusively by children makes this an extra special award to win. By taking an active role in choosing the vote they are taking steps in their journeys as independent readers. This is a fantastic shortlist and we encourage young people across Scotland to get involved. We look forward to finding out who they choose as the winners.”
The Scottish Children’s Book Awards also encourage budding authors or journalists to put pen to paper: the popular Book Review Competition offers pupils the chance to win book tokens, sponsored by Waterstones, and an author visit for their school.
Aspiring film makers can enter the book trailer competition to showcase their digital talents and win book tokens for their school. Scottish Book Trust provides extensive learning resources for teachers on how to create book trailers.
CALL Scotland has again worked with Scottish Book Trust and the publishers to create accessible digital versions of the nine shortlisted books for children and young people with physical, visual and reading or dyslexic difficulties, who can’t read the paper books. The accessible digital versions of the shortlisted books are available free of charge from CALL Scotland. You can request books by going to http://www.callscotland.org.uk/Home/