Scottish kids choose favourites

<p>Nearly 10,000 young readers from across Scotland have voted for their favourite books as part of the 2008 Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children&rsquo;s Books. The winners were announced at a special award ceremony in Aberdeen today, 18th November.<br /><br />The winners were: for the early years category (age 0-7); <em>Billy Monster&rsquo;s Daymare</em> by Alan Durant and Ross Collins (OUP); for younger readers (age 8-11); <em>DarkIsle</em> by D A Nelson (Strident); and for older readers (age 12-16); <em>Bunker 10 </em>by J A Henderson (OUP). Each prize winner receives &pound;3,000, with the runners-up each getting &pound;500 each.</p><p>Anna Gibbons, children&rsquo;s programme manager, Scottish Book Trust, said: &quot;The number of votes doubled this year &ndash; proof of the huge appetite for reading good quality fiction in Scottish school and libraries&quot;.</p><p>Julie Morrison, head of external relations for Royal Mail, said: &quot;Promoting literacy is a fundamental goal of Royal Mail&nbsp; Not only is good literacy vital for society in general, it is crucial to the future of our business that the next generation can read, write and send letters, cards and postcards. If the evidence provided by these awards is anything to go by, the future is very bright indeed.&quot;</p>