YA author Theresa Breslin and librarian Deena Wren will be honoured at this year’s Scottish Book Trust Awards.
Breslin, who won the Carnegie Medal for British children's books in 1994, will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award, recognising her 30-year long career as an advocate for children’s literacy and libraries while Deena Wren, librarian at Beeslack Community High School in Midlothian, will be given the Learning Professional Award, acknowledging over ten years of service promoting reading for pleasure.
Alan Windram will also receive the Bookbug Picture Book Prize, and John Young will receive the Scottish Teenage Book Prize, at tonight’s ceremony at The Lighthouse in Glasgow.
Marc Lambert, c.e.o. at Scottish Book Trust, said: “Many congratulations to the winners of this year’s Scottish Book Trust Awards, and our thanks to our sponsors, Browns Books for Students.
“Theresa Breslin is a well-loved author whose stories have touched generations of readers in Scotland and beyond. She is a passionate advocate for libraries and has worked tirelessly to support children’s literacy. It’s a testament to Theresa’s storytelling that Divided City continues to be used in schools to tackle difficult issues, more than ten years after publication.
“Deena Wren is a stellar example of how literacy can be tackled by the school as a whole, and how the library can be integrated into lessons. It is clear that Deena is highly regarded both by her colleagues and pupils, and Scottish Book Trust is delighted to recognise her years of work, dedicated to promoting reading for pleasure.”