About the Award
The Scottish Children's Book Awards is an innovative nationwide reading project in which children and young people from every corner of Scotland read and vote for their favourite Scottish children's books of the year. Last year over an amazing 38,000 votes were cast and children and young people from every local authority in Scotland, from Aberdeen to Dumfries; Shetland to Arran, took part. The awards are run by the Scottish Book Trust.
Children can vote (See the How to Vote page to find out how) for their favourite book, from a shortlist in each of three categories, either as individual readers or as part of a reading group in a school, library or bookshop.
The shortlisted books
Bookbug Readers Category (3-7 Years)
- Mouse's First Night at Moonlight School by Simon Puttock
- Never Tickle a Tiger by Pamela Butchart
- Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie
Younger Readers Category (8-11 Years)
- The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird
- The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie
- The Mysteries of Ravenstorm Island: The Lost Children by Gillian Philip
Older Readers Category (12-16 Years)
- Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
- The Piper by Danny Weston
- Trouble on Cable Street by Joan Lingard
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."