CBBC Blue Peter Book Awards Blue Peter Book Awards 2017

The shortlist has just been announced for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2017.

The Blue Peter Book Awards, now in their 17th year, aim to guide children towards quality literature, encouraging them to read and establish a love of reading for life.



Blue Peter Best Story

Reader ReviewedPodkin One-Ear
Kieran Larwood
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Story In a nutshell: rabbit heroes | rabbit villains | magic and heroism | ‘Stories aren't all about fighting and revenge. You have to have a bit of character development. Some suspense, some atmosphere'.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Reader ReviewedTime Travelling with a Hamster
Ross Welford
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Story | Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category, 2016 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Shortlisted for The... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/01/2016
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Lost Tales
Adam Murphy
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Story Long-forgotten fables, rekindled by the magic of comics Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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Blue Peter Best Book with Facts

Survivors
David Long
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Books with Facts In a nutshell: jaw-dropping true stories; survival against the odds | Proof that true stories can be every bit as remarkable as the most fantastic fiction, David... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 20/10/2016
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Destination: Space
Christoph Englert
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Books with Facts | September 2016 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month Astrophysicist and illustrator, both leaders in their field, here work together to give children a revealing and eye-opening... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Football School: Where Football Explains the World
Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Books with Facts The authors of this very entertaining book claim that there's no better way to learn about the world than through football. Hence it is divided into ‘lessons'... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Past Blue Peter Book Awards Winners

Reader ReviewedThe Nowhere Emporium
Ross MacKenzie
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 - Best Story - Winner of 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 | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/03/2015
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The Epic Book of Epicness
Adam Frost
Winner of 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
Format: Paperback | Released 10/09/2015
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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
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
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 | 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 | 11+ readers
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
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 | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/03/2011
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The Blue Peter Book Awards 2017

The Shortlisted Titles are

For Best Story....

Lost Tales by Adam Murphy

Podkin One Ear by Kieran Larwood

Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford

And for Best Book with Facts....

Destination: Space Dr Christoph Englert

Football School: Where Football Explains the World by Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton

Survivors: Extraordinary Tales From the Wild and Beyond by David Long

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

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

Nihal Arthanayake - Radio DJ

Sarah McIntyre - author and illustrator

Florentyna Martin - Waterstones Children's Book Buyer

Blue Peter Book Awards judge and father of two Nihal Arthanayake said: "What an amazing time to be a young reader. As I immersed myself in time travelling, death-defying, life-affirming literature, my middle-aged imagination was catapulted into a series of new worlds. It is a real honour to have been part of the Blue Peter Book Awards and spend all those hours not only reading the books, but seeing the joy they brought to my own children, also."

The books will be judged by more than 400 young Blue Peter viewers drawn from 12 schools across the UK, who will decide the winners of the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2017 in each of the two categories: Best Story and Best Book with Facts.

Diana Gerald, BookTrust Chief Executive said: "The Blue Peter Book Awards have been celebrating children's literature since 2000. They are a wonderful way to share an excitement of reading and encourage the children to be part of the bigger picture. Reading impacts so many parts of life - not only are there educational benefits but reading also helps to build confidence and develop social skills. Being involved in the decision-making process of such prestigious awards will hopefully help to change opinions on reading and make the children feel they are part of something special."

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 2015 and 31 October 2016.

The winning books will be announced on the Blue Peter show on February 23rd 2017 with the winning authors and illustrators appearing on a special World Book Day episode of the show on Thursday 2 March 2017.

You can keep up to date with the Awards @Booktrust and at the official Blue Peter website.

Or visit www.booktrust.org


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