Scottish Children's Book Awards: Book Recommendations

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This year’s SCBA train has reached the final station; the winners have been announced but why not hop over to the next platform and continue your reading journey? We have put together some recommendations based on your SCBA shortlist reading. Enjoyed Robot Rumpus? We can suggest another great book on robots - or did you enjoy Dark Spell? Then check out our spellbinding book recommendations. Feel free to browse the booklists too. 


Bookbug Readers, 3-7yrs:


If you liked Robot Rumpus, you might like…

Harry and the Robot by Ian Whybrow  

Synopsis: Harry's robot has to go to the robot hospital to get fixed. So Nan and Harry decide to make their own robot while he's being mended. Then when Nan has to go into hospital (to get mended as well), Harry knows exactly what to do to help her get better.

For more, check out the robot booklist.   


If you liked Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten, you might like…

Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole

Synopsis: Princess Smartypants does not want to get married. She enjoys being a Ms. But being a rich and pretty princess means that all the princes want her to be their Mrs. Find out how Princess Smartypants fights to preserve her independence in this hilarious fairy tale with a difference. There is also a narration available on YouTube:

Check out our princess booklist


If you liked Lost for Words, you might like…

Fergus Finds a Friend by Kenneth Steven

Synopisis: It’s time for Fergus the young otter to leave home. During his journey along the riverbank, he meets all sorts of new creatures, both friend and foe; a robin, a butterfly, some dogs who chase him and, strangest of all, a prickly hedgehog. But will he find a new, safe place to make a home and friends of his own kind? This is a sweet story which will delight any animal-loving child. This charming story of friendship and adventure is beautifully illustrated by the realistic and vibrant work of Louise Crowe.

One of the main themes in Lost for Words is friendship, for more books on loyal friends and adventures check out our friendship booklist.


Younger Readers, 8-11yrs:


If you liked Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens, you might like…

Invisible Fiends by Barry Hutchinson

Synopsis: Invisible Fiends is a six-part horror series that tells the story of a boy named Kyle Alexander. When Kyle was four, he had an imaginary friend - a happy, cheerful little guy, whose unfortunate speech impediment earned him the name Mr Mumbles. On a dark and stormy Christmas Day when Kyle is twelve, a very different Mr Mumbles returns. This time he doesn't want to be friends, and he has no intention of playing nice. All he wants is a violent and bloody revenge on the boy who forgot about him, and he will not stop until he gets it.  A series that, like Attack of the giant Robot Chickens, deals with imagination and survival tactics. 

For more books on survival, check out the survival booklist


If you liked Pyrate’s Boy, you might like…

Zac and the Dream Pirates by Ross MacKenzie

Synopsis: Everybody dreams. That's the problem. Good dreams are sweet. Bad dreams are scary, but what happens if the worst sort of nightmares take over? On the stroke of midnight, Zac is plunged into an extraordinary world on the other side of sleep. Is he still dreaming? Or, is he really meant to save us all the dream pirates who threaten to keep us awake forever. A wild, wacky and thrilling ride, with shades of Roald Dahl, Angie Sage and Jenny Nimmo.

For more books on pirates, check out this booklist.


If you liked Precious and the Case of the Missing Lion, you might like…

The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpungo 

Synopsis: After Bertie rescues an orphaned lion cub from the African veld, they are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion that ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.

For more books set in Africa, check out this booklist.

Older Readers, 12-16yrs:


If you liked Mosi’s War, you might like…

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

Synopsis: Ten-year-old Jamie Matthews has just moved to the Lake District with his Dad and his teenage sister, Jasmine for a 'fresh new start'. Five years ago his sister's twin, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb. His parents are wrecked by their grief; Jasmine turns to piercing, pink hair and stops eating. The family falls apart. But Jamie hasn't cried in all that time. To him Rose is just a distant memory. Jamie is far more interested in his cat, Roger, his birthday Spiderman T-shirt, and in keeping his new friend Sunya a secret from his dad. And in his deep longing and unshakeable belief that his Mum will come back to the family she walked out on months ago. When he sees a TV advert for a talent show, he feels certain that this will change everything and bring them all back together once and for all.

For more books that tackle the theme of prejudice browse this booklist.


If you liked The Wall, you might like…

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Synopsis: Every step of Saba's journey sizzles with danger. In a lawless land, where life is cheap and survival is hard, Saba has been brought up in isolated Silverlake. She never sees the dangers of the destructive society outside. When her twin brother is snatched by mysterious black-robed riders, she sets out on an epic quest to rescue him.

Intrigued by dystopian themes? Check out this booklist


If you liked Dark Spell, you might like this…

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud 

Synopsis: Against his will, djinni Bartimaeus is packed off by Nathaniel, a young magician's apprentice, to steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from master magician Simon Lovelace. Before long, both djinni and apprentice are caught up in a terrifying flood of magical intrigue, murder and rebellion.

Enjoy spells, magic and mystery? Then check out these other books on wizards and witches in this booklist.

That's it folks. We hope you enjoyed reading this year's SCBA shortlisted books. The Scottish Children's Book Awards will return with a new selection of shortlisted books for 2016! Don't worry, we'll keep you posted. Visit the website to keep up to date with all new SCBA related news. Happy reading!