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18 June 2019

Bookbug Picture Book Prize shortlist announced

29 August 2018

The shortlist for the 2019 Bookbug Picture Book Prize was announced on Wednesday 29 August 2018 and the vote opened to schools and the public. The Bookbug mascot was joined by pupils at Hillhead Primary School in Glasgow to launch the annual prize.

Morag Hood, Alan Windram, Chloe Holwill-Hunter and Emily MacKenzie have been shortlisted for the third Bookbug Picture Book Prize. The award was established to celebrate the most popular picture books by Scottish authors and illustrators, and is run by Scottish Book Trust, with support from Browns Books for Students.

Children across the country can vote for the winner by submitting a class vote online or at home, via the Scottish Book Trust website.


The shortlist is:

The winning book will be announced in an exclusive video to all registered groups on 16 January 2019. Shortlisted authors and illustrators receive £500 per book, and the winner will receive £3,000.

A free copy of each of the three books on the shortlist will be given to every Primary 1 child during Book Week Scotland (19 November - 25 December), in the Bookbug P1 Family Bag.


About the authors:

Alan Windram  is a children's writer and publisher. His Sticky Kids theatre show regularly tours schools and theatres throughout the UK. Alan is an accomplished singer-songwriter with four independent albums of original songs under his belt. He has toured extensively with some of Scotland's top musical artists. Alan lives in Oban with his wife and two cats.

Emily MacKenzie is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. After moving to Edinburgh, where she studied Graphic Design at Edinburgh College of Art, Emily worked as cover designer for Mainstream Publishing for seven years before leaving to pursue her dream of writing and illustrating her own children's books.

Morag Hood is a children's author and illustrator from Edinburgh. Her debut picture book Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea was a runner up in the Macmillan Prize in 2014. Morag studied Costume Design at Wimbledon College of Art and worked backstage in theatre before applying for the MA in Children's Book illustration from Cambridge School of Art. After graduating in 2015 she moved back to her native Edinburgh where she now works with a view of the hills.