About the Award
The Bookbug Picture Book Prize
A new project from Scottish Book Trust celebrating the very best Scottish picture books and encouraging reading for pleasure in nurseries, primary schools and libraries across the country. The winning picture book is voted for entirely by children across Scotland.
- 31 August 2016: Shortlist launched
- 9 December 2016: Voting deadline
- 12 January 2017: Winner announced
Shark in the Park on a Windy Day!
by Nick Sharratt
There's a Bear on my Chair
by Ross Collins
Hare and Tortoise
by Alison Murray
The Scottish Teenage Book Prize
A new project from Scottish Book Trust. It aims to encourage reading for pleasure amongst teenagers and celebrate the very best in Scottish teen fiction. The winning book is voted for entirely by pupils in schools and libraries across Scotland.
- 5 September 2016: Shortlist launched
- 17 February 2017: Voting deadline
- 1 March 2017: Winner announced
The Last Soldier
by Keith Gray
by Joan Lennon
Black Cairn Point
by Claire McFall
But what about disabled children who can't read the books?
CALL Scotland has worked with the Scottish Book Trust and the authors and publishers to create accessible digital versions of the nine shortlisted books. The idea is that children and young people with physical, visual and reading or dyslexic difficulties, who can't read or access the paper books, can read the digital books instead and take part in the awards. For example:
- children with spinal injury, cerebral palsy or other physical impairments can click a switch or press a key on a computer, to turn pages and read the books by themselves;
- dyslexic readers or children with visual impairments can change the font size and/or colours on screen, or use text-to-speech software to read the books;
- the books can be read out by the computer using 'Heather' or 'Stuart', the high quality Scottish computer voices that are available free for schools and pupils from CALL Scotland's The Scottish Voice web site.
The books are available free of charge. Readers and schools can download accessible dgital copies of the book(s) they wish to read.
Note that you can get eBook and audio versions of some of the books commercially to read on a Kindle or iPad, for example, and so if you can access these books, you should buy one rather than requesting a free eBook from us.
Paul Nisbet, Senior Research Fellow at CALL Scotland, said:
"We are delighted that the Scottish Book Trust and the authors and publishers have for the fifth year supported this initiative to help children with print disabilities take part in the Scottish Book Awards. We are grateful to the publishers for providing digital copies for us to adapt, and we hope that these accessible digital books will raise awareness about our wider Books for All initiative. There are thousands of young people in Scotland who have difficulty reading books because they can't see, can't read, or can't hold a book or turn pages, and the Books for All work, which is funded by the Scottish Government, is aiming to ensure that these young people will be able to get hold of books in alternative formats that they can access."