CBBC Blue Peter Book Awards Blue Peter Book Awards 2016

The shortlist for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2016 - celebrating their 16th year! - have just been announced. See the books listed below for both competition categories.

The Blue Peter Book Awards aim to guide children towards quality literature, encouraging them to read and establish a love of reading for life.



Blue Peter Best Story

Reader ReviewedThe Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair
Lara Williamson
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 - Best Story - October 2015 Book of the Month Lara Williamson writes books that are poignant and heart-warming, books unequivocally and unashamedly about love.... Featured in: 9+ readers | Books of the Month | Books of the Year 2015 | Blue Peter Book Awards | 11+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - Andrea Reeces's Pick of the Year 2015 - Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story - April 2015 Book of the Month This is Frank Cottrell Boyce's first... Featured in: 11+ readers | Top Picks of 2015 | Cheltenham Festival | Books of the Year 2015 | Blue Peter Book Awards | 9+ readers | Hay Fever | UKLA 2016 | eBooks
Format: Hardback | Released 26/03/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Nowhere Emporium
Ross MacKenzie
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 - Best Story - shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2015 8-11 age category This sparkling fantasy adventure is a glorious hymn to the powers of the imagination. Young Daniel Holmes first... Featured in: 9+ readers | Blue Peter Book Awards | All Shortlists and Winners | 7+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 19/03/2015
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Blue Peter Best Book with Facts

The Epic Book of Epicness
Adam Frost
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 - Best Book with Facts Did you know that at Christmas time in Norway, you should leave a bowl of porridge outside your door - otherwise gnomes will play tricks on you? Or... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | Blue Peter Book Awards
Format: Paperback | Released 10/09/2015
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The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words
Andy Seed
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 - Best Book with Facts All the best people, says Andy Seed in the introduction to his book, play with words. The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words certainly proves how much... Featured in: 7+ readers | Blue Peter Book Awards | Summer Reading/Activity | 9+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Factfeed
Penny Arlon
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 - Best Book with Facts FactFeed is full of amazing facts, some which will genuinely change the way you see the world. It's divided into three different sections: the natural world; science and... Featured in: 9+ readers | Blue Peter Book Awards | Christmas Books 2015 | Fascinating Facts | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/11/2015
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Past Blue Peter Book Awards Winners

The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff
Andy Seed
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 - Best Book with Facts Ever wanted to know what kind of animal an aye-aye is? Or how much gravy the boot of a Mini Cooper Convertible can hold? What about which... Featured in: 7+ readers | Blue Peter Book Awards | All Shortlists and Winners | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 08/05/2014
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The Spy Who Loved School Dinners
Pamela Butchart
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 - Best Story Loaded with laughs and crazy capers, the brilliantly bonkers second book from the author of Baby Aliens Got My Teacher! Featured in: 7+ readers | Blue Peter Book Awards | All Shortlists and Winners | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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Lost and Found
Oliver Jeffers
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Awards - Best Illustrated book to read aloud. Celebrating the value of friendship, this is an exquisitely illustrated picture book with a simple story line. Opening his door and finding a penguin on it, the little... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | Blue Peter Book Awards | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 02/01/2014
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Frozen in Time
Ali Sparkes
Book of the Year in the 2010 Blue Peter Award and winner of the 'Book I Couldn't Put Down' category Award. A page-turning mystery-adventure with a pleasingly old-fashioned feel as two children, frozen by cryonic suspension by their father in... Featured in: 9+ readers | Blue Peter Book Awards | 11+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 06/06/2013
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Genius Ideas (Mostly)
Liz Pichon
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 - Best Story The highs and lows of Tom's life are funnier and more extreme than ever in this fourth wicked diary from the Roald Dahl Funny Prize winning series. Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Blue Peter Book Awards
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2012
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Dead Man's Cove: A Laura Marlin Mystery
Lauren St.John
Overall winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2011 and winner of the Favourite Story Category. - A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection - Shortlisted for the Galaxy Children's Book of the Year Award 2011. ... Featured in: 9+ readers | Blue Peter Book Awards | All Shortlists and Winners | Summer Reading 2011 | 7+ readers | 2011 Great Reads
Format: Paperback | Released 24/03/2011
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The Blue Peter Book Awards 2016

The Shortlisted titles are

For Best Story....

The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce

The Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie

The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair by Lara Williamson

And for Best Book with Facts....

Factfeed: The Ultimate Book of Randomly Awesome Trivia by Penelope Arlon, Tory Gordon-Harris & Karen Hood

The Epic Book of Epicness by Adam Frost

The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words by Andy Seed

Judge Jim Sells said "I know from my work that there are lots of children who feel that reading doesn't have any relevance to their lives. We need to change that, and need the right tools to do so. I am hoping to find these among this fantastic selection of books."

You can keep up to date with the Awards @Booktrust

The six shortlisted titles were chosen by the judges, which this year included

Ewan Vinnicombe - Editor, Blue Peter (non-voting chair)

Angelica Bell - TV presenter and blogger

Pamela Butchart - author and winner of the Blue Peter Book Awards Best Story 2015

Jim Sells - National Literacy Trust Programme Manager

The books will now be judged by more than 200 young Blue Peter viewers drawn from 10 schools across the UK, who will decide the winners of the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2015 in each of the two categories: Best Story and Best Book with Facts.

To be eligible authors and illustrators must either be British nationals or residents at the time of entering. Books must be first published in the UK between 1 November 2014 and 31 October 2015.

The two winning books will be announced on the Blue Peter show on World Book Day - 3 March 2016.

If you'd like more information on the Awards visit www.booktrust.org


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