Books published by Scholastic, Bloomsbury and Kelpies have won prizes at the 2013 Scottish Children’s Book Awards, announced at Glasgow’s Mitchell Library.
Author Chae Strathie won the Bookbug Readers category for three to seven-year-olds for the picture book Jumblebum, which is illustrated by Ben Cort and published by Scholastic. Claire McFall won the older readers category (12-16 years) for Ferryman, published by Templar.
In the younger reader’s category (eight to 1), Janis Mackay won the award for The Accidental Time Traveller, published by Kelpies.
Mackay is the author of several books based in Scotland, including Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest, which won the Kelpies prize, awarded annually to encourage new Scottish writing for children, in 2009.
“It has been such a wonderful opportunity to be shortlisted for this award; suddenly my books are in the consciousness of hundreds of teachers and librarians, and pupils,” she said. “First winning the Kelpies prize and now this amazing prize – I feel chuffed.”
Mackay, Strathie and McFall each received £3,000.
The Scottish Children’s Book Awards are voted for exclusively by children and for these awards 38,000 voted online, an increase of 20% compared to the 2012 awards.
The awards are managed by Scottish Book Trust, in partnership with Creative Scotland. To be eligible the author must live and work in Scotland.