If you’re an author or publisher and would like to submit your book for consideration for the Heart of Hawick Children's Book Award, read on...
We run three awards:
Children’s Book Award – fiction for 10-12s
Picture Book Award – best picture book for 4-7s
Children’s Review Award – best young reviewer of the year
The two book awards are chosen by children in and around the Scottish Borders town of Hawick. Books must be by a first-time author and published in the UK in the last year.
The shortlist is chosen from the year’s titles by a group of parents, librarians and teachers, and boxes of books distributed to 10 local schools. Then teachers help the children to read, discuss, review and vote for the books in time for the glittering award ceremony in May in the Heart of Hawick.
We also run a programme of author visits and readings to the town, which are highly popular with our young readers! And we especially love it when the shortlisted authors can make it to our award ceremony and sign books for their fans.
The aim of the awards is to encourage a love of books and reading for pleasure among young people in and around Hawick.
Past winners of the Children's Book Award are:
2013 - 'I’m Dougal Trump…and It’s Not My Fault!' by Jackie Marchant
2013 - 'The Fearsome Beastie' by Giles Paley-Phillips
2012 - 'Sky Hawk' by Gill Lewis
2012 - (Picture Book) 'The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes' by Zehra Hicks
2011 - 'Meteorite Strike' by AG Taylor
2011 - (Picture Book) 'The Big Bottom Hunt' by Lari Don
2010 - ‘Tarantula Tide’ by Sharon Tregenza
2010 - (Picture Book) ‘The Haunted House' by Kazuno Kohara
2009 - ‘Alex and the Wigpowder Treasure’ by Adrienne Kress
2008 – ‘You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum’ by Andy Stanton