Blue Peter Book Awards 2016
The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie and The Epic Book of Epicness by Adam Frost have just been announced as the winners of the Blue Peter Book Awards 2016!
The Blue Peter Book Awards, now in their 16th year, 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 Winners are
For Best Story....
The Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie
Best Story winner, Ross MacKenzie, who grew up watching Blue Peter, said: “It's always a great moment to receive any sort of award, but to win The Blue Peter Book Awards for Best Story is extra special. Firstly, because it's an award chosen by the readers. It's fantastic and important that children have a voice, and I'm so glad they liked The Nowhere Emporium enough to give it their vote. And secondly, it's special because Blue Peter was such a huge part of my childhood. I'm delighted and stunned to become a tiny part of the show's history and I shall be humming that famous theme tune for the foreseeable future! And of course I always wanted a badge.”
And for Best Book with Facts....
The Epic Book of Epicness by Adam Frost
Best Book with Facts winner, Adam Frost, who believes illustrations in books are just as important as words, said: “I'm absolutely delighted to have won. I tried to fill my book with as many bizarre facts and funny pictures as possible. I loved writing it and am over the moon that kids are enjoying it.”
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."
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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 were judged by more than 200 young Blue Peter viewers drawn from 10 schools across the UK, who decided the winners of the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2016 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 were 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