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Blue Peter Book Awards 2018

The winners for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2018 have just been announced!  The award for Best Story went to Cressida Cowell’s The Wizards of Once and the winner of the Best Book with Facts was Real-Life Mysteries by Susan Martineau and illustrator Vicky Barker. Plus Judith Kerr was presented with a gold Blue Peter badge for her contribution to children’s literature.The Blue Peter Book Awards, now in their 18th year, aim to guide children towards quality literature, encouraging them to read and establish a love of reading for life.

Blue Peter Best Story

Blue Peter Best Book with Facts

Past Blue Peter Book Awards Winners

Blue Peter Best Story

Beyond the Sky: You and the Universe

Beyond the Sky: You and the Universe

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Dara O'Briain Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/09/2017

So you want to go into space? WHY?! (No, really-it's sort of a TERRIBLE idea. We humans are perfectly designed for life on Earth. We can walk around, breathe, drink water, eat vegetables, read books, NOT get poisoned or crushed to death when we go outside-it's lovely right where we are.) Not convinced? GOOD! People have been dreaming about space travel for centuries-there's something amazing about the idea of leaving our planet behind and setting out to explore the UNIVERSE-there's so much we still don't know. An incredible trip to space with comedian Dara Ó Briain Travel to the edge of our universe in smart, funny style! Full of laughs, incredible facts and two-colour cartoons Dara hosts TV shows Robot Wars and Stargazing Live

Blue Peter Best Book with Facts

The Epic Book of Epicness

The Epic Book of Epicness

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Adam Frost Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2015

Pick up this book and just look at what you will find. Crikey! That's dead scary. If all the dead people on earth came back to like as zombies there would be 101 billion zombies in the world. Aagh! Run for your life! Check your worryometer! If you see a tiger shark be very afraid, it will eat you. On the other hand if it's a zebra shark - did you know they don't attack people? Safe! Is there anybody there? Messaging home from outer space can take forever! If you're on Venus, a message sent would reach home in 8 minutes and from Neptune it would take over 4 hours! Better check you're in range. Seeing RED! You'll have to travel all the way to Antarctica to see a red waterfall. It's called Blood Falls and the water is turned red by the element iron. WOW! Top trunks! Find out all the things an elephant does with it's trunk. He would die without it. GAV! GAV! It's barking, literally, a dog bark in Russian. You'll find many of the noises animals make in different languages. WOOF! WOOF! How cool is that!

Past Blue Peter Book Awards Winners

The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff

The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff

7+ readers

Author: Andy Seed Illustrator: Scott Garrett Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2014

Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 - Best Book with Facts      This laugh-out-loud book is bursting with lists, facts, jokes and funny true stories all about silly people, silly animals, silly inventions, silly names and much more. Discover The Great Stink, the man who ate a bike, a girl really called Lorna Mower and a sofa that can do 101mph. Find out about famous pranks, crazy festivals, nutty cats, gross foods, epic sports fails, ludicrously silly words and really rubbish predictions. There are even lots of great silly things to do. Unmissable!

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The Spy Who Loved School Dinners

The Spy Who Loved School Dinners

7+ readers

Author: Pamela Butchart Illustrator: Thomas Flintham Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 - Best Story    Izzy is really pleased to have been put in charge of the new girl at school. Matilde is French, and Izzy and her friends can't wait to show her their den and its moth, and to help her avoid school dinners (also known as poison). But Matilde LOVES school dinners and even has seconds! And that's when they know. Matilde is a spy and she has come to find out their secrets. They must stop her before it's TOO LATE!!!

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Genius Ideas (Mostly)

Genius Ideas (Mostly)

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Liz Pichon Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2012

Winner of the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 - Best Story. Seeing Delia without her sunglasses on is a BIG shock, but that's nothing compared with the surprise Dad has in store for me with his new found fitness regime. He says he's going to compete aty Sport's Day. Shame! Meanwhile Derek, Norman and I keep practicing in DOGZOMBIES so we're really ready for the school Talent Show. Shortlisted for the National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year 2012

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Blue Peter editor, Ewan Vinnicombe said:  “It’s been another fantastic selection of titles for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2018. It was great to see the enthusiasm the children had for voting in our awards… Judith Kerr’s gold badge is very well deserved with her books as popular now with our audience as ever.”

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



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 were judged by more than 400 young Blue Peter viewers drawn from 12 schools across the UK, who decided the winners of the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2018 in each of the two categories: Best Story and Best Book with Facts.

Jo Law, literacy coordinator at Church Vale School, which took part in the judging, said: “It has been a challenge and a task that the children and I have taken very seriously. They have embraced every part of the job as judges and have enjoyed reading the books as part of a team during a weekly book club, they have been buzzing with conversation. Their reading stamina has improved greatly and their commitment and enthusiasm towards reading has been amazing, we are very proud of them all.”

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 were announced on 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

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