Award winning writer returns to his primary school

Scottish Children's Book Awards.
The shorlist for the awards is announced.
Ross Collins ( aubergine jacket), Chae Strathie (2nd from left blue shirt), Alison Murray (4th from left grey coat), Ross MacKenzie (left grey coat), Franzeska G Ewar(front blue flowery top)t, Joan Lennon (far right denim top), Teresa Flavin ( back right curly hair) and Theresa Breslin (3rd on left with speckled cardigan..
Ross Collins from Glasgow author and illustrator of Dear Vampa.

Scottish Children's Book Awards. The shorlist for the awards is announced. Ross Collins ( aubergine jacket), Chae Strathie (2nd from left blue shirt), Alison Murray (4th from left grey coat), Ross MacKenzie (left grey coat), Franzeska G Ewar(front blue flowery top)t, Joan Lennon (far right denim top), Teresa Flavin ( back right curly hair) and Theresa Breslin (3rd on left with speckled cardigan.. Ross Collins from Glasgow author and illustrator of Dear Vampa.

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Award winning children’s author Ross Collins returned to his old school, Shawland’s Primary to chat about his new book that deals with bullying in a lighthearted way.

There’s a Bear on my Chair won the inaugural Amnesty Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP) Honour for an illustrated book.

Ross said: “I have won a few shiny things over the years and they all mean something - especially the ones where kids are the people voting. However, having my work recognised by an organisation like Amnesty International is something quite unique. It’s a huge honour and makes me really proud.”

Nicky Parker, chair of the judges, said: “It might not be immediately obvious, but thinking about how to persuade a bullying bear to get off your chair can teach children about peaceful protest.”

Ross will read the book to pupils who will then draw their own pictures about bullying, protest and standing up for rights.

There’s a Bear on my Chair was described by the judges as “packed full of joyous humour: it develops children’s empathy and shows how we can protest creatively and peacefully when something is wrong.

“The best books are more than plot and character, they give children the empathy and confidence to stand up and shape their world for the better – which children need today, more than ever.

Amnesty judge Tanya Landman said: “There’s a Bear on My Chair is a delightfully funny but very useful book for talking to children about human rights.”