Scottish Book Trust has announced a new Bookbug Hero Award alongside its annual Learning Professional Award, with applications now open for both.
The Bookbug Hero, run in association with Walker Books, will honour someone working with early years book gifting programme Bookbug, who has used it to make a difference to the lives of young children, families and communities.
Scottish Book Trust is asking people to nominate a librarian, early years worker, volunteer, health visitor, or anyone who uses Bookbug in their work for the inaugural award. The winner will receive a bundle of picture books worth £500 from Walker Books.
Nominations are also open for the Learning Professional Award, now in its fourth year, which recognises a teacher or librarian who has had a powerful impact on the reading culture of young people and adults in their community.
In partnership with Browns Books for Students, the winner will receive £500 worth of books for their school or library to help them continue their outstanding work.
Scottish Book Trust c.eo. Marc Lambert said: "At Scottish Book Trust, we work with so many passionate partners, and these awards allow us to celebrate their hard work. Every year, we uncover so many inspiring stories, and we encourage those who know a book-loving champion to highlight their great work. We are particularly excited to introduce a new award celebrating those who work so tirelessly with our Bookbug programme across the country. Many thanks to Walker Books and Browns Books for Students for making these awards possible."
Nominations for both awards close on 15th November, and can be made online. Winners will be presented with their awards at an event in April 2020.