2012 Scottish Children’s Book Awards Shortlist Announcement

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The highly anticipated shortlist for this year’s Scottish Children’s Book Awards has been announced today, Monday 25th June.

Run by Scottish Book Trust in partnership with Creative Scotland, the Scottish Children’s Book Awards are Scotland’s largest children’s book awards, recognising excellence in Scottish writing and illustration for children across three age categories: Bookbug Readers (3-7 years), Younger Readers (8-11 years) and Older Readers (12-16 years).

The total prize fund is £12,000, with the shortlisted authors and illustrators receiving £500 per book, and the three overall winners receiving £3,000 per book.

The winner of each category is decided by Scottish children themselves, who will be reading the shortlisted books and voting for their favourite over the next seven months. The winners will be announced at a special award ceremony on World Book Day (7th March 2013) at the Caird Hall in Dundee.




Bookbug Readers (0-7 years)

- Jack and the Flum Flum Tree by Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by David Roberts (Macmillan)

-The Day Louis Got Eaten by John Fardell (Andersen Press)

-Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Rayner (Macmillan)


Younger Readers (8-11 years)

-Out of the Depths by Cathy MacPhail (Bloomsbury)

-Soldier’s Game by James Killgore (Floris Books)

-The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts by Jonathan Meres (Orchard)


Older Readers (12-16 years)

-The 13th Horseman by Barry Hutchison (Harper Collins)

-Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Electric Monkey)

-The Prince Who Walked With Lions by Elizabeth Laird (Macmillan)


In 2011, 23,000 children took part in the voting, and with voting open from 25th June 2012 until 8th February 2013, this year’s awards are likely to be the biggest ever in terms of children participating!


Chris Newton, Acting Children’s Programme Manager at Scottish Book Trust said:

“The main aim of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards is to generate a real buzz around reading. It’s a fact that most children these days are pretty comfortable in front of a computer or a TV screen, but if you can get them laughing at a good book or engrossed in a thrilling story, they’re much more likely to see reading as something which is an enjoyable alternative to other activities.

“The books on this year’s shortlist are an excellent reflection of the high quality of writing which is consistently being produced by Scottish children’s authors and illustrators year on year, and with such diverse subjects as crocodiles, combat and comedy to choose from, even the most reluctant readers are sure to find something to tempt them!”


Dr Gavin Wallace, Portfolio Manager for Literature, Publishing and Language at Creative Scotland said: 

“Creative Scotland remains delighted to be part of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards, one of the biggest success stories of the ever-burgeoning Literature scene in Scotland, and one of the most unique: both in terms of their scale, and because these prizes truly belong to our young readers who vote for them, as well as to the wonderful writers of the books themselves, of which there is clearly no shortage.”

The Scottish Children’s Book Awards are not only about reading but also about writing: the popular Book Review Competition attracts hundreds of high quality entries from budding journalists and authors all over the country, hoping to win book tokens for themselves and an author visit for their school.

CALL Scotland has again worked with Scottish Book Trust and the authors and publishers to create accessible digital versions of the nine shortlisted books for children and young people with physical, visual and reading or dyslexic difficulties, who can’t read the paper books. The accessible digital versions of the shortlisted books are available free of charge from CALL Scotland. You can request books by going to http://www.callscotland.org.uk/Home/. 

The Scottish Children’s Book Awards are managed by Scottish Book Trust in partnership with Creative Scotland, and supported by the Times Educational Supplement Scotland (TESS) and Waterstone’s.

FOR ALL PRESS QUERIES, PLEASE CONTACT HELEN CRONEY: helen.croney@scottishbooktrust.com – 0131 524 0175 or 07751 69 58 54


Notes to editors:

  • In 2011 23,000 children and young people from all over Scotland were registered to take part in the awards.
  • The Awards are judged in three age categories (Bookbug Readers – 3-7 years, Younger Readers – 8-11 years and Older Readers – 12-16 years)
  • The Scottish Children’s Book Awards are managed by Scottish Book Trust in partnership with Creative Scotland and supported by The Barcapel Foundation, Crerar Hotels, Times Educational Supplement Scotland, Waterstones and CALL.
  • Teachers, librarians and book group leaders sign up their groups in the appropriate age group and then the young judges read, review, discuss and vote for their favourite book
  • Reviews are posted on the Scottish Book Trust website by young judges to share their enthusiasm about the shortlisted books
  • Videos of each author reading and talking about their book will be available at www.scottishbooktrust.com
  • 600 young voters and industry guests attended the 2011 award ceremony in Edinburgh.