Simon Puttock, Ross MacKenzie and Danny Weston were today (2nd March) revealed as the winners of the 2016 Scottish Children’s Book Awards.
Puttock won the Bookbug Reader’s category (for readers aged three-seven) for his picture book Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School, illustrated by Ali Pye (Nosy Crow), whilst MacKenzie was given the younger readers (eight-11) prize for his novel The Nowhere Emporium (Floris Books). Weston picked up the older readers category prize (12-16) for The Piper (Andersen Press).
Each author was given a cheque for £3,000.
The awards are run by Scottish Book Trust and the winning books are voted for by children in the country.
Jasmine Fassl, head of schools at Scottish Book Trust, said: “It’s a well-worn statistic that a love of books is more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status. Initiatives like the Scottish Children’s Book Awards are intended to instill a love of books in children right from the very start, by making the process of reading fun, interactive and collaborative.”