Including All Children in the Royal Mail Scottish Children’s Book Awards

The Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children‟s Books 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 31,000 children were involved and an amazing 15,014 votes were cast;
. over 400 schools and libraries in every corner of Scotland, from Aberdeen to Dumfries; Shetland to Arran, took part;
. the 2009 awards ceremony brought 650 young judges from across Scotland together to see their peers act out the winning books.

More information on the Awards including how to register and vote is on the Scottish Book Trust web site at http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/royalmailawards.

The shortlisted books for 2010 are:

Bookbug Readers 0-7 years
 What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson
 Love from Louisa by Simon Puttock and Jo Kiddie
 Stormy Weather by Debi Gliori

Younger Readers 8-11 years
 Invisible Fiends: Mr Mumbles by Barry Hutchison
 The Secret of the Black Moon Moth by John Fardell
 The Dragon Whisperer by Lucinda Hare

Older Readers 12-16 years
 Crossing the Line by Gillian Philip
 The Witching Hour by Elizabeth Laird
 Grass by Cathy MacPhail

But what about disabled children who can’t read the books?

CALL Scotland has again 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 the paper books, can read the digital books instead and take part in the awards.

The accessible digital versions of the shortlisted books are available free of charge from CALL Scotland. You can request books by going to CALL‟s Books for All web site at http://www.books4all.org.uk/Book-Awards/.