This morning, the shortlist for the Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children’s Books was announced at the HQ of the Scottish Book Trust in Edinburgh. I was lucky enough to be invited along to the announcement because I now live quite close by and, well, because one of my books made the shortlist!

The awards are split into three age categories – 0-7, 8-11 and 12-16. There are three books in each category, and Invisible Fiends: Mr Mumbles has been included in the 8-11 category, alongside The Secret of the Black Moon Moth by John Fardell and The Dragon Whisperer by Lucinda Hare.

Although the awards are for Scottish authors only, in the five years since they started, they have grown to become the biggest children’s book award in the UK, with 30,000 children voting for their favourite books last year. So far this year 22,000 children have registered to vote via their schools and libraries, and with registration open until January 2010, it’s looking like last year’s record number of votes cast may be about to be beaten.

If you want to get involved in the awards and vote for your favourite book, head along to where you can find all the information you need.

Good luck to everyone on the shortlist. Here are the full details of who’s on there with what:

Bookbug Readers (0-7 years)

– WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks (Macmillan)

– LOVE FROM LOUISA by Simon Puttock and Joe Kiddie (Harper Collins)

– STORMY WEATHER by Debi Gliori (Bloomsbury)

Younger Readers (8-11 years)

– THE DRAGON WHISPERER by Lucinda Hare (Random House)


– INVISIBLE FIENDS – MR MUMBLES by Barry Hutchison (Harper Collins)

Older Readers (12-16 years)

– GRASS by Catherine MacPhail (Bloomsbury)

– CROSSING THE LINE by Gillian Philip (Bloomsbury)

– THE WITCHING HOUR by Elizabeth Laird (MacMillan)

The Royal Mail Awards 2010

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