Authors Ross Collins and Cathy MacPhail both won their third Scottish Children’s Book Awards, announced today (4th March) at a ceremony in Edinburgh. Debut writer Alex McCall also picked up a prize.
Illustrator Collins won the Bookbug Readers category for books for 3-7 year-olds, along with writer Sean Taylor, for Robot Rumpus, a book set in aworld where robots cater to humans’ every need. Ross, who said he was“delighted” with the award, also won Scottish children’s book awards in 2008 for Billy Monster’s Daymare (Oxford University Press) in 2008 and Dear Vampa (Hodder Children’s Books) in 2011.
MacPhail was named the winner of the older readers (12-16 years-old) category for Mosi’s War (Bloomsbury Children’s Books), a novel about child soldiers set in Glasgow. She also won awards in 2006 for Roxy’s Baby (Bloomsbury Children’s Books) and in 2010 for Grass (Bloomsbury Children’s Books).
In the younger readers category (8-11), the winner was 21-year-old Alex McCall, who won for Attack of the Giant Robots (Kelpies).
The Scottish Children’s Book Awards are run by Scottish Book Trust and funded by Creative Scotland. The winning titles were chosen by more than 28,000 children across Scotland, who were asked to vote on the shortlists.
Jasmine Fassl, head of schools at Scottish Book Trust, said: “These awards are built on the simple premise that if children are encouraged to voice their opinions about the books they have read, they tend to get a lot more excited about reading. There is nothing nicer than celebrating the books that children themselves have enjoyed reading, and the continuing success of the awards is down to everyone who is involved in encouraging the children to vote – the authors, illustrators, teachers, publishers, parents and librarians – who are passionate about giving children a love of reading for life.”
The winning authors and illustrators received £3,000 per book during a ceremony at Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms, which was attended by 600 children.