At a ceremony in Glasgow in front of 1000 children it is announced today that this years winners for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards are Simon Puttock, Ross MacKenzie and Danny Weston. This is Scotland’s largest book prize with each winning book receiving £3000 and the winners were chosen this year after almost 30,000 children cast their votes.
Voting on three categories Bookbug Readers (3-7), Younger Readers (8-11) and Older Readers (12-16) children across Scotland were encouraged to read the three shortlisted books in their age category and to vote for their favourite. All three winning titles feature magic and mystery suggesting that when children get to choose for themselves they will choose books that take them to different worlds.
Midlothian-based author Simon Puttock, who lives in Newtongrange won the Bookbug Reader’s (3-7 yrs) category for his picture book Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School, illustrated by Ali Pye.
Published by Nosy Crow, the book follows Mouse on her first day at Miss Moon’s Moonlight School for all the small creatures of the night, but she is very shy, too shy to even say hello. Luckily, with help from Miss Moon and her new friends Bat, Cat and Owl, a game of hide-and-seek makes Mouse feel right at home.
Renfrew-based author Ross MacKenzie won the Younger Readers (8-11) category for his novel The Nowhere Emporium.
Published by Floris Books, the book explores what happens when the mysterious Nowhere Emporium arrives in Glasgow, and orphan Daniel Holmes stumbles upon it by accident. Before long, the ‘shop from nowhere’ — and its owner, Mr Silver — draw Daniel into a breathtaking world of magic and enchantment.
Edinburgh-based author Danny Weston, who lives in Tollcross, won the Older Readers (12-16 yrs) category for his book The Piper. Published by Andersen Press, the book follows Peter and his little sister, Daisy, who are evacuated from London to the countryside and find themselves on an isolated farm in the middle of a treacherous marshland.
As Daisy gets drawn deeper into the secrets of their new home, Peter starts to realise that something very sinister is going on. What is that music they can hear at night? And who are the children dancing to it?
It is an exciting prize which does something that many prizes for children’s literary fails to do: it includes the intended audience for the books in its award process and it categories the award into age ranges recognising that the reading interests of an eight year old and a thirteen year old are literally years apart. Congratulations to each of the authors.
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