2005 Picture Book Prize


Information and Guidelines for taking part in this year’s selection process:

The prestigious prize of a Silver Quaich is awarded annually to an outstanding Picture book chosen by children and adults in Perth & Kinross. Last year’s winning author was Jez Alborough for his stunning picture book "Some Dogs Do".

Stage 1

Nominate up to three picture books suitable for Children aged 6 and Under which have been published between January 2004 and December 2004. (If you have problems identifying the publication dates, we will be happy to assist you).

Closing date for nominations is Friday 15 April 2005.

Stage 2

A panel from library and early years’ staff and a local author will sort through the long list nominations and produce a short list of approximately 5-6 titles.

Stage 3

Groups/classes will be selected to receive sets of the short-listed books. Sets of books and full information will be sent out by mid-May and groups will have approximately one month to use the books with children and fill out the evaluation sheets.

The final date for returning these is Friday 24 June 2005.

Stage 4

The winner will be announced and hopefully presented with his/her prize during the Library Service’s Word’s Out Festival which runs from 24-29 October 2005. Children who took part in the final selection process will be invited to attend this ceremony.

Not sure what to choose? Use the criteria below to help you at the Long List Selection stage.

General Criteria

How original are the illustrations? How original are the ideas in the story? Is it different from anything else you have come across? And is that good?

Quality & Presentation:
Is the quality of production something special? Do the illustrations work well with the text? Do they add to the text? Is the language exciting, fun and/or imaginative?

Responses from Children

What is the general appeal to children?

Does it hold their attention? Extend imagination? Is language appropriate?

Does it capture children’s attention? Is detail stimulating? Does the book portray a mood or feeling? Do words and pictures work together? Is the book doing something new or different?

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