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.
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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