Author scoops national book prize

Authors Claire McFall, Janis Mackay, Chae Strathie, and Ben Cort,celebrate after winning the Scottish Children's Book Award

Authors Claire McFall, Janis Mackay, Chae Strathie, and Ben Cort,celebrate after winning the Scottish Children's Book Award

A Lundin Links author has been announced as a winner of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards for his book ‘Jumblebum’

Chae Strathie received a prize of £3000 after Bookbug readers across the country aged between three and seven years old voted his book their favourite.

The picture book author, who was previously shortlisted for a Scottish children’s Book Award in 2011 for the Loon on the Moon, said: “I’m beyond delighted to have won this fantastic award. It’s without doubt the highlight of my writing career so far.

“To even be in the same category as such fabulous writers as Debi Gliori and Julia Donaldson was exciting enough, so this is the bee’s knees.

“Best of all the award was chosen by children from all over Scotland and from every kind of background.

“They’re the ones I write for, so to get the seal of approval from them means the world to me.

“I would say I’m as happy as Larry, but next to me right now Larry looks like the Reverend I.M. Jolly. I’m much happier than Larry!”

Chae, who was born in Kirkcaldy, studied film and photography in Edinburgh before he began work as a reporter with the Sunday Post.

Today, he works as sub-editor with the same newspaper.

Chae has written several picture books for children including My Dad, The Tickle Tree, The Loon on the Moon and The Fabulous Flapdoodles.

Jumblebum is Chae’s latest picture book and was published in January 2013 by Scolastic and illustrated by Ben Cort and published by Scholastic.

It tells the tale of a little boy called Johnny who doesn’t want to tidy his messy room. But one day the chaos attracts the terrible Jumblebum Beast, and Johnny needs to come up with a plan to save the day!

Record numbers of children read the books on this year’s shortlist, with over 38,000 votes cast – an increase of 20 per cent on last year.

Award-winning Edinburgh-based children’s author Janis Mackay won the Younger Readers Category for The Accidental Time Traveller and debut author Claire McFall, based in the Scottish Borders, won the Older Readers Category.

Jasmine Fassl, spokesman for the Scottish Book Trust, which runs the awards in partnership with Creative Scotland commented: “There is nothing nicer than celebrating the books that children themselves have enjoyed reading, and the passion of the teachers, librarians, parents and authors who take part in the Scottish Children’s Book Awards are playing a key part in inspiring a new generation of book lovers.”

Jenny Niven, of Creative Scotland, added:“Huge congratulations to Chae, we’re absolutely delighted for you.

“Thank you to all the brilliant young readers too (and the parents and teachers who supported them) who voted and got involved in record numbers this year.

“The Scottish Children’s Book Awards is a brilliant success story.”




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