The Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award aims to get children excited about books and reading – for fun, learning, confidence and better life chances.
Some 600 pupils at ten schools in and around Hawick take part in a season of reading, reviewing, author visits and workshops, building to a glittering award ceremony in the Heart of Hawick arts hub, when they get to decide their favourite book of the year.
The winning book for the 10-12 and 4-7 age groups must be by a first-time author, and published in the UK in the last year. A shortlist of four books is chosen by a panel of parents, teachers and librarians.
If you’re an author or publisher and would like to submit your book for consideration, you’ll find more information here.
2013 - I'm Dougal Trump ... and It's Not My Fault!' by Dougal 'Trump with help from Jackie Marchant
2013 - 'The Fearsome Beastie' by Giles Paley-Phillips
2012 - 'Sky Hawk' by Gill Lewis
2012 - 'The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes' by Zehra Hicks (Picture Book)
2011 - ‘Meteorite Strike' by AG Taylor
2011 - 'The Big Bottom Hunt' by Lari Don
2010 - ‘Tarantula Tide’ by Sharon Tregenza
2010 - ‘The Haunted House’ by Kazuno Kohara (Picture Book)
2009 - ‘Alex and the Wigpowder Treasure’ by Adrienne Kress
2008 – ‘You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum’ by Andy Stanton
The Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Review Award goes to the best review by a young reader.
Past winners are:
2013 - Newcastleton Primary School
2012 - Wilton Primary School
2011 - St Margaret's RC Primary School
2010 – Trinity Primary School
2009 – Newcastleton Primary School
2008 – Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s Primary School
The Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award is run by a group of volunteers, with a great deal of regular support from local businesses and individuals, as well as one-off grants from organisations such as Awards for All and the Scottish Book Trust.
We also welcome inquiries from authors and publishers.