Diana Gerald, BookTrust CEO says: “BookTrust is proud to be working with Blue Peter showcasing yet another year of amazing talent that's out there in the children's books world, with two very worthy winning books this year and a very strong contending shortlist. Congratulations to Vashi, Amanda and Amy. “I loved reading our audience’s comments online talking about their favourite books and sharing their love of reading.
The WINNER of the Best Story was;
Wildspark by Vashti Hardy
And the shortlisted titles for the Best Story were;
Owen & the Soldier by Lisa Thompson
Vote for Effie by Laura Wood
The WINNER for Best Book with Facts was;
Rise Up: Ordinary Kids with Extraordinary Stories by Amanda Li
And the shortlisted titles for Best Book with Facts;
Fanatical About Frogs by Owen Davey
How to be an Astronaut and Other Space Jobs by Dr Shelia Kanani & Sol Linero
In addition, as it was a special birthday for the awards, viewers from across the country were asked to vote for their favourite book from the last two decades. The winner was J. K Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone!
Blue Peter Editor Ellen Evans : “Through the Blue Peter Book Awards we want to show how reading is fun and enjoyable, can help you feel better, can help you empathise, find out new facts and, through imagination, experience something beyond everyday life! J.K.Rowling and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is truly a wonderful and worthy winner."
The shortlisted titles were chosen by the judges, which this year were:
Ellen Evans - Editor, Blue Peter (non-voting chair)
Meryl Fernandes - TV presenter and Actress
Joseph Coelho - Award-winning Poet, Performer and Author
Jean Menzies - Ancient Historian, Podcaster and Video Maker
The winners were then judged by more than 300 young Blue Peter viewers drawn from 12 schools across the UK, who picked the winners of the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2020 in each of the two categories: Best Story and Best Book with Facts.
The winning books were announced on World Book Day during Blue Peter on Thursday 5 March 2020, with the winning authors and illustrators also appearing on the special awards episode of the show. The Blue Peter Awards are managed by BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity.
You can keep up to date with the Awards @Booktrust and at www.booktrust.org.uk/blue-peter-book-awards