The winner of The Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2022 is Inch and Grub (Walker Books) by Alastair Chisholm and David Roberts. Run by Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through reading and writing, the winner of the prize has been selected by the children of Scotland. 45% of voters selected Inch and Grub as their favourite book on the list. The Bookbug Picture Book Prize celebrates the very best picture books by authors or illustrators living in Scotland. Children and their families were able to cast their votes either through their class teacher, or online at www.scottishbooktrust.com/bpbp(this will open in a new window).
Books that were also shortlisted for the prize include Arlo the Lion Who Couldn't Sleep by Catherine Rayner (Pam Macmillan) and My First Book of Woodland Animals by Zoe Ingram (Walker Books). A free copy of each of the three books on the shortlist was gifted to every Primary 1 child during Book Week Scotland (15-21 November 2021), in the Bookbug P1 Family Bag. 60,150 Bookbug bags were gifted to Primary 1 pupils across Scotland, plus 850 Gaelic bags.
Alastair Chisholm is an award-winning children's author and puzzle creator. He is the author of the sci-fi middle-grade adventures Orion Lost and Adam-2, and children's picture books The Prince and the Witch and the Thief and the Bears, as well as books of Sudoku, Kakuro and other puzzles, including the Kids' Book of Sudoku and Kids' Book of Kakuro series. Alastair lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two children.
Alastair Chisholm said:
'It's incredible to see Inch and Grub chosen as the Bookbug Picture Book Prize winner! The Bookbug Bag is a brilliant, important project, one my own daughters benefited from when they were younger, and I've loved seeing a new generation of readers enjoying all three books – and to be picked out of those awesome choices is just amazing. Huge thanks to Walker Books, and to everyone involved – I know David will be as pleased as I am!'
David Roberts is a children's illustrator originally from Liverpool. He has illustrated a large number of books in both black and white and colour. He has worked with such well-known authors as Philip Ardagh, Peter Bently and Julia Donaldson. His sister Lynn Roberts is also a writer and the siblings have collaborated on several retellings of fairy stories, including Rapunzel: A Groovy Fairy Tale, which was shortlisted for a Blue Peter Book Award, and Little Red: A Fizzingly Good Yarn, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.
David Roberts said:
'I fell in love with these two hairy caveman while illustrating this book! Perfect ‘Frenemies’ who find that the world is a better place when we learn to share! I’m so pleased readers across Scotland have enjoyed their story!'
The winning book was announced in an exclusive video to schools and registered groups. View schools engaging with The Bookbug Picture Book Prize via this twitter moment(this will open in a new window).
Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said:
'Congratulations to Alastair Chisholm and David Roberts on winning the 2022 Bookbug Picture Book Prize. Inch and Grub has delighted families across Scotland through the Bookbug P1 Family bag. We hope children treasure the book for years to come.'
Viccy Adams, Literature Officer, Creative Scotland said:
'Congratulations to Alastair Chisholm and David Roberts – Inch and Grub is a thoughtful and engaging read for young children and their caregivers and has clearly spoken to the children of Scotland in a year when we have been particularly confined to our homes and living spaces.'
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The Bookbug P1 Bag
The P1 Bag was produced by Scottish Book Trust in conjunction with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government as part of Read, Write, Count. You'll find more ideas for fun activities and games that you can slip into your daily routine at parentclub.scot(this will open in a new window).
Bookbug Picture Book Prize
- The Bookbug Picture Book Prize is managed by Scottish Book Trust in partnership with Creative Scotland.
- Every book chosen for the Bookbug P1 Family Bag and The Bookbug Picture Book Prize has been through a robust review process, with a panel of experts from education settings, libraries, and Scottish Book Trust. An independent panel of experts selects the shortlisted books.
- eachers, librarians and book group leaders sign up their groups, then the children read and vote for their favourite books. Children can also vote online at home at www.scottishbooktrust.com/bpbp
- Videos of each author/illustrator reading and talking about their book are available at https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/bpbp(this will open in a new window)
- Books published during January–December 2020 were eligible for entry to the award. The Bookbug Picture Book Prize is open to authors and illustrators based in Scotland.
Scottish Book Trust
Scottish Book Trust is a national charity that believes everyone living in Scotland should have equal access to books. Our work provides opportunities to improve life chances through books and the fundamental skills of reading and writing. Access to books and a love of books bring many important benefits from family bonding and advancing children's learning, to unlocking creativity, helping employability and improving mental health & well-being. Scottish Book Trust aims to support all communities across Scotland, with particular focus on those who are vulnerable and under-represented.
Our programmes and outreach work include:
- Gifting books to every child in Scotland to ensure families of all backgrounds can share the joy of books at home, through Bookbug and Read Write Count
- Working with teachers to inspire children to develop a love of reading, creating innovative classroom activities, book awards and author events such as Authors Live with the BBC and our Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour
- Supporting and nurturing Scotland's wide-ranging literary talent, both emerging and established through our training, awards and writing opportunities including New Writers Awards
- Creating events to share books and connect writers with communities, including Book Week Scotland
- Proving support to people living with dementia, and their carers, through Reading is Caring
In addition to the funding we receive from the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland, we need the constant support of trusts and foundations, corporate sponsors and individual donors.
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