Scottish Children's Book Awards: The Ceremony

SCBA Winners Photo

Last Wednesday, 2 March, we announced the winners of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2016 in style at our award ceremony at Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow.

Schools travelled from the Western Isles, The Highlands, The Borders and everywhere in between to join in our celebration of the best in children’s fiction and find out which books received the most votes.

Simon Puttock and Ali Pye triumphed in the Bookbug category with Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School, while The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie won in our Younger Readers category, and for the Older Readers, it was Danny Weston’s spooky ghost story, The Piper, which won. This year the beautiful trophies for our winners were designed by Edinburgh-based glass artist Ainsley Francis – you can see the trophies in the photo above.

We held a separate ceremony for each of our three age categories under one roof, making for a very busy day indeed. In the morning, our authors brought the shortlist to life for our Bookbug Readers, making lists like Ralfy Rabbit, singing a song inspired by Moonlight School and recreating Never Tickle a Tiger, complete with Izzy’s trademark blue feather for tickling!  

Meanwhile, our Older Readers heard about the research and themes behind their shortlisted books, with James and Ebele from St John’s High School in Dundee hosting a thought-provoking interview with the authors before questions were opened up to the floor.

In the afternoon, our 350-strong audience of Younger Readers heard about the process of writing from the authors before piecing together their own ideas through a giant game of consequences. The prizes for our review competition were given out at each corresponding ceremony, but the Younger Readers were particularly lucky as they got to view the winning book trailer, which providing an inspired glimpse into the world of The Nowhere Emporium from pupils at The Mary Erskine School.

After each ceremony the readers got to meet and greet the authors, with signed books and selfies providing a great memory of the day, which was over before we knew it. This extravaganza, led by our hosts Paul Kane and Fergus McNicol, brought together our talented authors, 900 enthusiastic children and teenagers along with their dedicated librarians and teachers to create a fantastic celebration of reading, so thanks to all involved – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Check out some of our pictures from the day in the gallery below.