View The Winners of the 2016 Scottish Children’s Book Awards

We are pleased to announce that Simon Puttock, Ross MacKenzie and Danny Weston are the winners of the 2016 Scottish Children’s Book Awards! The winners were announced today (2 March) at a special ceremony at Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel, attended by nearly 1,000 children.

As Scotland’s largest book prize for children’s authors and illustrators (each winning book receives £3,000), the Scottish Children’s Book Awards are voted for exclusively by children and run by Scottish Book Trust and funded by Creative Scotland.

Nearly 30,000 votes were cast in this year’s awards, which are judged in three age categories: Bookbug Readers (3-7), Younger Readers (8-11) and Older Readers (12-16). Children across Scotland were encouraged to read the three shortlisted books in their age category and to vote for their favourite. A free copy of each of the three books in the Bookbug Category shortlist was gifted to every Primary 1 child as part of Book Week Scotland 2015.

Midlothian-based author Simon Puttock, who lives in Newtongrange, won the Bookbug Readers (3-7 yrs) category for his picture book, Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School, illustrated by Ali Pye and published by Nosy Crow. Simon is no stranger to the Scottish Children’s Book Awards, having won a 2006 Award for Little Lost Cowboy, and appearing on both the 2008 and 2010 shortlists.

Commenting on his win, Simon said:

“What does it mean to me to win the award? Apart from it meaning me being enormously (but happily) surprised, it means being able to take huge pleasure in the fact that Ali's and my book is out there, having an unpredictable but entirely satisfactory life of its own. What more could we wish for?”

Bookbug Readers (3-7 Years)
Mouse's First Night cover

Mouse's First Night at Moonlight School

by Simon Puttock

illustrated by Ali Pye


Renfrew-based author Ross MacKenzie won the Younger Readers (8-11) category for his novel, The Nowhere Emporium, published by Floris Books. Ross previously won The Scottish Children’s Book Award in 2011 for his fantasy adventure, Zac and the Dream Pirates.

Commenting on his win, Ross said:

“I'm so delighted to have won the SCBA for ‘The Nowhere Emporium’! Scottish Book Trust do such an amazing job, and these awards are extra-special because it's the readers who make the final decision. Children don't often get the chance to have a voice on this sort of scale, and I believe it's important for them to know that they have that voice and that their opinions matter.
Long may the SCBA continue!”

Younger Readers (8-11)
The Nowhere Emporium

The Nowhere Emporium

by Ross MacKenzie


Edinburgh-based author Danny Weston, won the Older Readers (12-16 yrs) category for his book The Piper, published by Andersen Press. This is his first time winning The Scottish Children’s Book Award.

Commenting on his win, Danny said:

“I am absolutely thrilled to have won this award, especially because it has been voted for, not by critics and industry insiders, but by the people who matter most; the young readers for whom the story was actually written. Thanks to everyone who voted for ‘The Piper’. You have rocked my world.”

View previous winners of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards.

Older Readers (12-16)
The Piper

The Piper

by Danny Weston


Image: Rob McDougall