The Scottish Children’s Book Awards shortlist has been revealed, with every Primary 1 child given three free shortlisted titles during Book Week Scotland.
Never Tickle a Tiger by Pamela Butchart and Marc Boutavant (Bloomsbury), Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie (Bloomsbury) and Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School by Simon Puttock and Ali Pye (Nosy Crow) are shortlisted in the ‘Bookbug Readers’ category for children aged three-seven years-old.
In the ‘Younger Readers’ group for children aged eight-11, the shortlisted books are: The Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie (Floris), The Mysteries of Ravenstorm Island: The Lost Children by Gillian Philip (Orchard) and The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird (Macmillan).
Meanwhile, the finalists for the ‘Older Readers’ category -those aged 12-16 - are Black Dove White Raven by Elizabeth Wein (Egmont), The Piper by Danny Weston, the pseudonym of Philip Caveney, (Anderson) and Trouble on Cable Street by Joan Lingard (Catnip).
Shortlisted authors receive £500 per book and the three overall winners will receive £3,000 each. The shortlist will be read and voted on by thousands of Scottish children, with the voting deadline ending 5th February 2016. The three winning books will be announced at an awards ceremony on 2nd March 2016.
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.”
Director of creative development at Creative Scotland, Leonie Bell, praised the award for the fact that winners are chosen by children. She said this makes it an “extra special” award to win.
She added: “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.”
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, the prize organisers said.
The bag will be produced by the Scottish Book Trust in conjunction with Education Scotland and Scottish Government as part of Read, Write, Count – a new literacy and numeracy campaign aimed at children in Primary years one to three.
Run by Scottish Book Trust with support from Creative Scotland, the Scottish Children's Book Awards is one of Scotland's largest book awards, drawing in over 28,000 votes in 2015.