The shortlist for the 200 Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children’s Books has been announced by Scottish Book Trust. For the first time, all nine titles will be transcribed into Braille, audio and large print simultaneously.
The prize recognises exellence in Scottish writing and illustration for children across age categories early years (0-seven); younger readers (eight-11) and older readers (12-16). The winner will receive £3,000 and the runners-up all receive £500 each.
The Royal Mail Awards also run a book review competition; this year running a creative writing competition to encourage children to write creatively in Gaelic and Scots. This project is jointly coordinated by publisher Itchy Coo and Learning and Teaching Scotland.

At least 20,000 pupils in Scotland’s schools are expected to sign up as judges for a competition launched yesterday to find the year’s best children’s books.

Already 11,000 children in 144 Scottish schools and libraries have registered to be judges for the book awards. By the autumn, when voting closes, this figure is expected to double.

The books they will be voting on were unveiled yesterday at the Edinburgh headquarters of the Scottish Book Trust, which administers the prize.