The shortlist is out for the 2016 Scottish Children’s Book Awards, Scotland’s largest book award – managed by the Scottish Book Trust in partnership with Creative Scotland.
It really is an event.
One that involves LOTS of readers – teachers, librarians and book group leaders sign up their groups in the appropriate age group and then the children and young people read, review, discuss and vote for their favourite books.
So. The all important short list … is …
Bookbug Readers (3-7 years)
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 and Ali Pye (Nosy Crow)
Younger Readers (8-11 years)
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 (12-16 years)
Black Dove White Raven by Elizabeth Wein (Egmont)
The Piper by Danny Weston (the pseudonym of Philip Caveney) (Andersen)
Trouble on Cable Street by Joan Lingard (Catnip)
Over the next five months, children the length and breadth of Scotland will be reading the three shortlisted books in their age category and voting for their favourite. The voting deadline is 5 February 2016. The three winning books will be announced at a special award ceremony on 2 March 2016.