Award shortlist for Gruffalo author Julia

New children's laureate Julia Donaldson at her home in Bearsden. Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 2nd June 2011
New children's laureate Julia Donaldson at her home in Bearsden. Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 2nd June 2011

BEARSDEN author Julia Donaldson MBE has been shortlisted for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2012.

She has been nominated in the three to seven year old category for her book, Jack and the Flum Flum Tree.

Children across Scotland will get the chance to vote in the awards and have from June 25 2012 until December 31 to cast their votes.

The Gruffalo creator, who was made an MBE in 2011 for her services to literature, is the UK’s foremost picture book author.

She has written over 150 books, which have been translated into over 30 languages and sold millions of copies worldwide.

Mrs Donaldson was named Children’s Laureate in 2011 and her picture book What the Ladybird Heard, illustrated by Lydia Monks, was the winner of the Bookbug Readers category in the 2010 Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children’s Books.

She said: “I’m thrilled and delighted that Jack and the Flum Flum Tree has been shortlisted for this year’s Scottish Children’s Book Awards.

“It’s wonderful to be part of an award that gives so many young people the opportunity to discover the joy of books - from the reading and the judging, to entering the review competition and watching the magnificent winners ceremony – all of these activities combine to give children a real sense of the pleasure that books can bring.”

Voting will take place through participating schools.

UP FOR AWARD . . . Julia Donaldson in the garden of her Bearsden home.