Newtongrange author takes top prize

A Scottish Childrens Book Award honour for author Simon Puttock. Photo: Rob McDougall

A Scottish Childrens Book Award honour for author Simon Puttock. Photo: Rob McDougall

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A Newtongrange author has spoken of his delight at winning Scotland’s biggest children’s book award for the second time in ten years.

New Zealand born Simon Puttock, the author of more than 40 books, is the winner of the Bookbug Reader’s (three to seven years) category of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2016.

Simon won for his picture book Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School, illustrated by Ali Pye. Published by Nosy Crow, the book follows Mouse on her first day at Miss Moon’s Moonlight School for all the creatures of the night.

Simon said: “What does it mean to me to win the award? Apart from it meaning me being enormously, but happily, surprised, it means being able to take huge pleasure in the fact that Ali’s and my book is out there, having an unpredictable but entirely satisfactory life of its own. What more could we wish for?”

Simon is no stranger to the Scottish Children’s Book Awards, having won a 2006 award for Little Lost Cowboy, and appearing on both the 2008 and 2010 shortlists.

The author travelled all over the world with his family as a child. He wanted to be a vet when he was little, but grew up to become a bookseller. He was particularly interested in children’s books and was chosen to be a Children’s Whitbread judge. He has since become a full-time writer.

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