Scottish Children's Book Awards shortlist announced

Shortlist Image copyright Scottish Children's Book Awards

Animals, World War Two and an aspiring Olympic runner are among the subjects of stories shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards.

The works of nine authors chosen in three age categories will be distributed to schools and local libraries by the Scottish Book Trust.

A copy of the three Bookbug category books will be given to every primary one child during Book Week Scotland.

Young readers will pick their favourite with the winner named next March.

The shortlist, which celebrates the most popular children's and young adult books by Scottish authors or illustrators, is split into three age categories - Bookbug readers (aged 3-7), Younger readers (8-11) and Older readers (12-16).

The contenders are:

  • Bookbug readers - Never Tickle a Tiger, by Pamela Butchart and Marc Boutavant (Bloomsbury); Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit Book Burglar, by Emily MacKenzie (Bloomsbury); Mouse's First Night at Moonlight School, by Simon Puttock; Ali Pye (Nosy Crow).
  • Younger readers - The Nowhere Emporium, by Ross Mackenzie (Floris); The Mysteries of Ravenstorm Island: The Lost Children, by Gillian Philip (Orchard); The Fastest Boy in the World, by Elizabeth Laird (Macmillan).
  • Older Readers - Black Dove White Raven, by Elizabeth Wein (Egmont); The Piper, by Danny Weston (Andersen); Trouble on Cable Street, by Joan Lingard (Catnip).

Jasmine Fassl, head of schools at the Scottish Book Trust which runs the awards, said: "The Scottish Children's Book Awards are a perfect way to celebrate Scotland's talented authors and illustrators while also helping participating children to develop an independent love of books and reading.

"Hundreds of schools and libraries from literally every corner of Scotland involve tens of thousands of children in reading and reviewing the shortlisted books every year, proof of both the eagerness of Scottish young people to make their voice heard and of the quality of the shortlisted books."

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