CBBC Blue Peter Book Awards 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.



Blue Peter Best Story

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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Reader ReviewedThe Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story - Andrea Reeces's Pick of the Year 2015 This is Frank Cottrell Boyce's first standalone novel since Cosmic in 2008 and it's been well worth the wait. The smallest and... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/02/2016
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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 | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2015
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Blue Peter Best Book with Facts

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 2015-09-10
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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 | 9+ readers
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 | 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
Format: Paperback | Released 2014-05-08
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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 2014-07-03
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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 2012-09-06
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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 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."

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 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


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