After months of voting by children and young people in schools, libraries and bookshops across Scotland, the winners of the Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children’s Books have been announced at an exciting event at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.
The event and the Awards themselves were organised by BRAW, the children’s network for Books, Reading and Writing in Scotland. BRAW organised for many many of the children involved in the voting process to attended the ceremony, where they gave performances telling the stories of the books in their own words. Almost 5,000 young people from schools and libraries in all of Scotland’s 32 education authorities took part in the process.
The Awards are designed, among other things, to encourage the participation of younger readers, and many of those present were excited to meet the authors of the very books for whom they had voted. Congratulations go to all those involved, with the winners as follows:
Early Years (0 – 7 years)
- Little Lost Cowboy by Simon Puttock and Caroline Jayne Church
Younger readers (8 – 12 years)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J K Rowling
Older readers (13 – 16 years)
- Roxy’s Baby by Catherine MacPhail