Titles published by Bloomsbury, Two Hoots Books and Little Door Books are on the shortlist for the 2019 Bookbug Picture Book Prize, organised by Scottish Book Trust.
The titles in contention for the prize, which is for picture books by Scottish authors and illustrators and supported by Browns Books for Students, are: Eric Makes a Splash by Emily MacKenzie (Bloomsbury); One Button Benny by Alan Windram, illustrated by Chloe Holwill-Hunter (Little Door Books); and I am Bat by Morag Hood (Two Hoots Books).
Scottish Book Trust will now donate a free copy of each title to every Primary 1 child in Scotland during Book Week Scotland (19th November-25th December). They will also ask children to vote for their favourite title online.
Marc Lambert, c.e.o. of Scottish Book Trust, said: “The Bookbug Picture Book Prize highlights some of the finest children’s books in Scotland. We are delighted to work with Browns Books for Students to make this award possible and celebrate the wonderful authors and illustrators working in the picture book industry. We are sure children will love reading these stories and we look forward to finding out which is their favourite.”
The winning title will be announced in January. Shortlisted authors and illustrators receive £500 per book, and the winner will receive £3,000.