The Scottish Children's Book Awards 2015 Shortlist

Yuh-huh. It’s that time again and we are delighted to announce the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2015 shortlisted titles.

It was hard but fun work for the judging panel; a lot of dedicated reading and critiquing was required as there have been some fine Scottish titles published this year. Christine Babbs, panellist and teacher at Liberton High, Edinburgh, explains: 'the range was exceptional and of such a high standard. We are so lucky to be living in a country which is home to such wonderful talent!'

We are so lucky to be living in a country which is home to such wonderful talent!

Gordon Fisher, a teacher at Lochend Community High School in Glasgow, was a member of the judging panel and he was also thrilled to take part. 'It was great fun! Getting to grips with the best of literature for young people; being able to point my pupils in the direction of new titles I knew would be exactly what they would like; and then sitting round a table with my fellow judges to sort out the very best from a quality collection was, for a booklover like me, an absolute dream!'

Want to find out what some of the other panellists thought and how to register for the Scottish Children's Book Awards?

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Bookbug Readers: 3–7yrs


Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten by Alison Murray

'Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten was an excellent example of why you should never judge a book by its cover! I really thought that it was just going to be another pink and sparkly book until I opened it. Then I was captivated by the charm of its illustrations and the gentle humour running through it. Penelope and the mischievous kitten are more subversive than they look!'

Jane Sandell, Bookbug co-ordinator, Moray Council

Alison Murray reads Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten                           


Lost for Words by Natalie Russell

'Lost for Words is a beautiful picture book, filled with gorgeous silkscreened illustrations. A gentle story that introduces the themes of friendship, creativity and just being yourself. A good read that offers lots of opportunities for discussion and activities with young children.'

Moira Leslie, Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

Natalie Russell reads Lost for Words



Robot Rumpus by Ross Collins and Sean Taylor

'Ross Collins leaves no corner of the page untouched with his highly detailed treatment of Sean Taylor's text. His beautifully executed, fun and crazy crowd of robots literally leap and bleep out of the book. Hugely entertaining mechanical madness. What's not to like?'

Chris Mould, Illustrator

Ross Collins reads Robot Rumpus


Younger Readers: 8–11years



Pyrate's Boy by E. B. Collins


'Pyrate's Boy is a fantastic adventure story which will appeal to both boys and girls aged 9–12 years. Full of excitement and with a wonderful setting, this is a sword-rattling, timber-shivering tale set on the high seas. The action moves between Scotland and the West Indies with never a dull moment. One for fans of Treasure Island.' 

Morag Smart, Events Manager, Waterstones, Edinburgh, West End 




Precious and the Mystery of the Missing Lion by Alexander McCall Smith

'This beautifully written story introduces us to Precious Ramotswe as a child before she becomes famous. Sensitively written from a child's point of view, it is a gentle and enjoyable introduction to the life of Precious.'

Peter Kingsbury, teacher at Pencaitland Primary, Tranent


The Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens by Alex McCall

Giant robot chickens have taken over the world!

'Complete escapism and yet totally believable. This a very enjoyable read for all ages.'
 Peter Kingsbury, teacher at Pencaitland Primary, Tranent


Older Readers: 12–16 years 



Mosi's War by Cathy MacPhail

'Mosi’s War is a fast-paced, well-written novel with a dangerous mystery at its heart and a contemporary setting with potential for interesting discussion. It also has one of the best named and most terrifying characters I’ve seen in a long while!'

Dan Smith, author





The Wall by William Sutcliffe

'A fast-paced and riveting narrative of a people, their history and the truthfulness of human identity. It is all the more powerful due to its relevance to what is happening in the world today. A truly absorbing read.'

Gordon Fisher, teacher at Lochend Community High, Glasgow


Dark Spell by Gill Arbuthnott


'Dark Spell is a novel full of magic and adventure with fabulous characters. I loved St Andrews as the setting and the spine-tingling chill you had when reading about its malevolent inhabitants. As well as elements of suspense, there are moments that are laugh out loud funny. I enjoyed Dark Spell so much that I was delighted to realise that there was to be a sequel. That’s the next book on my reading pile.'

Christine Babbs, teacher at Liberton High, Edinburgh




Want to read and take part?

The awards are voted for entirely by children and young people across Scotland and are the largest of their kind in Scotland. In 2013, over 38,000 children from all of Scotland’s 32 local authorities voted for their favourite book. 

Registrations are now open. Register before 19 September and you'll be put into a draw with a chance to win a free set of the shortlisted titles in a category. Happy reading!