The shortlist for the 2009 Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children's Books was announced this week:
Early years (0-7): Manfred the Baddie by John Fardell, Pink! by Lynne Rickards and Margaret Chamberlain and Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Younger readers (8-11): Dino Egg by Charlie James, The Eleventh Orphan by Joan Lingard and First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts by Lari Don.
Older readers: (12-16): Crash by J A Henderson, Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray and The Reckoning by James Jauncey.
The awards are chosen by children, either as individuals or through groups organised by teachers and librarians. There are also competitons for reviews and Gaelic and Scots creative writing. For full details, follow the links above. All the books can be borrowed from this Library, apart from the James and the Jauncey which are currently on order.