Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Scottish Children's Book Awards 2011

Friday the 27th of January is the last day to vote in this years Scottish Children's Book Awards. Scottish Book Trust is seeking to encourage teachers, librarians and booksellers to set up reading groups of children in each age group category in schools, libraries and bookshops across Scotland. The groups will read the shortlisted titles between the shortlist announcement on 6th September 2011 and the voting deadline on Friday 27 January 2012, and will be able to vote online for their favourite books. They can also enter the review competition for the best reviews of shortlisted titles to win author visits for their school and book tokens for themselves.

The winners of both the awards and the review competition will be announced at a special awards ceremony in Edinburgh on Tuesday 23 February 2012.

The Scottish Children’s Book Awards (formerly Royal Mail Awards) were originally set up by the Scottish Arts Council in 1999 and are now run by Scottish Book Trust. The awards allow children and young people across Scotland to vote for their favourite children’s books across three categories:

Bookbug Readers (0-7 years)
Younger Readers (8-11 years)
Older Readers (12-16 years)

Books published in these categories between 1st April 2010 and March 31st 2011 by authors and illustrators resident in Scotland are eligible for the 2011 awards.

The winners of the awards are decided entirely by children and young people in schools and libraries across Scotland, reading, discussing, reviewing and voting for their favourite books. In 2010, over 40,000 young voters registered to take part from all of Scotland’s 32 local authorities.

Key Facts about the 2010 Awards
  • Over 17,000 children and young people voted for their favourite book
  • Children and young people from all 32 Scottish Local Authorities were involved in the awards
  • Nearly 1,000 copies of accessible versions of the shortlisted titles were distributed to young judges across Scotland by the RNIB and CALL
  • Over 850 reviews were submitted for the review competition

Why get involved?
The Scottish Children’s Book Awards promote contemporary Scottish children’s and young adult book to children across Scotland. They are a fantastic opportunity to find out about new and established authors and illustrators living and working in Scotland.
Scottish Book Trust makes it easy for teachers, librarians and book group leaders to inspire their children to read books written for them, in the same country they live in.
We do this by:
  • Providing handy learning resources containing activities and tasks to draw in children
  • Providing videos of authors and illustrators reading their books (in the Bookbug Readers category) or read excerpts from theirwork
  • Providing videos with a short Q & A with the authors and illustrators talking about their work
  • Giving away 30 sets in each age category to help you get started (register your class or group by Friday 16th September to be entered into the draw)

Check out 2011 Shortlisted Books

The 2011 Scottish Children's Book Awards shortlists are:

Bookbug Readers Category (0-7 years)

The Loon on the Moon by Chae Strathie and Emily Golden


Dear Vampa by Ross Collins


Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray


     Dear Vampa by Ross Collins

Younger Readers Category (8-11 years)

Zac and the Dream Piratesby Ross Mackenzie

(Chicken House)

Slightly Jones and the Case of the London Dragonfish by Joan Lennon


There's a Hamster in my Pocket by Franzeska G Ewart

(Frances Lincoln)

There's a Hamster in my Pocket by Franzeska Ewart   

Older Reader Category (12-16 years)

Prisoner of the Inquisition by Theresa Breslin


Wasted by Nicola Morgan


The Blackhope Enigma by Teresa Flavin

     Wasted by Nicola Morgan

Extra videos: We have interviews with Theresa Breslin and Teresa Flavin.

Highly Commended for the 2011 Scottish Children's Book Awards

The Scottish Children's Book Awards judging panel has also highly commended the following titles:
Bookbug Readers Category (0-7 years)
Cave Baby by Julia Donaldson and Emily Gravett (Macmillan)
You Can't Play Here by Angus Corby (Floris)
Younger Readers Category (8-11 years)
Red Fever by Caroline Clough (Floris)
The Flight of Dragons (Book 4 in the Tales from the Five Kingdoms Series) by Vivian French, illustrated by Ross Collins (Walker)
Older Readers Category (12-16 years)
Firebrand by Gillian Philip (Strident)
Belle's Song by K M Grant (Quercus)
Louis Night Salad by Metaphrog (Metaphrog) - Graphic Novel

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