CBBC Blue Peter Book Awards Blue Peter Book Awards 2018

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Wizards, warriors, wabbits, weird worlds, long forgotten leper colonies and creepy things that go bump in the night take the top spots in the 2018 Blue Peter Book Awards shortlisted titles, fighting for a chance to win one of two prestigious awards: Best Story and Best Book with Facts. The Blue Peter Book Awards 2018 The Shortlisted Titles are For Best Story.... The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell And for Best Book with Facts.... Beyond the Sky: You and the Universe by Dara O'Briain Real-Life Mysteries Can You Explain the Unexplained? by Susan Martineau Corpse Talk - Ground-Breaking Scientists by Adam Murphy & Lisa Murphy Blue Peter editor, Ewan Vinnicombe said: “In Blue Peter’s 60th year the Book Awards will play a key role in our celebrations. The shortlist is just so exciting and shows the creative strength in children’s publishing at the moment. With a diverse mix in both categories, I can’t wait to find out what school children in the UK decide are their favourites.”

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

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

Laura Dockrill - Poet and Darcy Burdock author

Greg James & Chris Smith - Drivetime DJs and Kid Normal authors

Amy McKay - School Librarian of the Year 2016

Blue Peter Book Awards judge Greg James said: “Chris and I love Blue Peter SO much so to be asked to judge their Book Award was a total dream. It was brilliant to lock ourselves away and get lost in the entries. It was an incredibly tough choice but we are confident we’ve chosen books that will inspire a new generation of young readers.”

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 2018 in each of the two categories: Best Story and Best Book with Facts.

Diana Gerald, CEO, BookTrust commented: “The Blue Peter Book Awards are a brilliant way to celebrate children's literature and get youngsters excited about reading. BookTrust is honoured to be involved in such prestigious awards and hopefully inspire even more children to become lifelong readers."

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 2016 and 31 October 2017.

The winning books will be announced World Book Day on Blue Peter on Thursday 1 March 2018, with the winning authors and illustrators also appearing on the special awards episode of the show.

You can keep up to date with the Awards @Booktrust and at www.booktrust.org.uk/blue-peter-book-awards