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The Blue Peter Book Awards


The Blue Peter Book Awards were set up in 2000 with the aim of guiding children towards the very best in children's literature and encouraging them to become readers for life. They are run in association with the BBC's long-running children's magazine programme, Blue Peter, and administered by Book Trust.

The winners were announced on World Book Day (1st March) 2018.

The Winner for the Best Story award was Foyles Literacy Ambassador's Cressida Cowell for Wizards of Once, and the winner for the Best Book with Facts was Susan Martinau for Real-Life Mysteries.

 

 

2018 shortlist for Best Story

The Island at the End of Everything
(Paperback)
Kiran Millwood Hargrave
 
Ami lives on Culion, where some of the inhabitants - including her mother - have leprosy. She loves her home - but then islanders untouched by sickness are forced to...
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The Wizards of Once
(Hardback)
Cressida Cowell
 
From the bestselling author of How to Train Your Dragon comes an exciting high-adventure series - set in an ancient, magical time, full of Wizards, Warriors, Giants and Sprites.
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Wed Wabbit
(Paperback)
Lissa Evans
 
A hugely funny down-the-rabbit-hole adventure from the author of internationally bestselling Small Change for Stuart, which was shortlisted for both the Carnegie Medal and Costa Award.
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2017 shortlist for Best Book with facts

Corpse Talk : Ground-Breaking Scientists
(Paperback)
Adam Murphy; Lisa Murphy
 
The ultimate history lesson as Adam and Lisa Murphy dig up and interview the most incredible and dead brilliant scientists from history, and find out about their extraordinary lives.
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Real-Life Mysteries: Can You Explain...
(Paperback)
Susan Martineau
 
Have you ever wondered what exactly does go bump in the night? From mysteries like Shackleton's ghostly companion to the Loch Ness Monster and friends, read the amazing evidence about...
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Beyond the Sky: You and the Universe
(Hardback)
Dara O. Briain; Dan Bramall
 
UK and Ireland's best-loved comedian Dara O Briain takes you on a journey from the safety of your comfiest chair to the furthest reaches of space (and beyond!)
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2017

BEST STORY: Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood & David Wyatt

BEST BOOK WITH FACTS: Survivors by David Long & Kerry Hyndman

2016

BEST STORY: The Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie

BEST BOOK WITH FACTS: The Epic Book of Epicness: The World's Most Epic Facts in Pictures By Adam Frost

2015

BEST STORY: The Spy Who Loved School Dinners by Pamela Butchart

BEST BOOK WITH FACTS: The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff by Andy Seed & Scott Garrett

2014

BEST STORY: Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
BEST BOOK WITH FACTS: Weird World Of Wonders: World War II by Tony Robinson

2013

BEST STORY: Tom Gates - Genius Ideas (Mostly) by Liz Pichon
BEST BOOK WITH FACTS: Horrible Science: House of Horrors by Nick Arnold & Tony De Saulles

2012

BOOK OF THE YEAR: The Considine Curse by Gareth P Jones

2011

BOOK OF THE YEAR: Dead Man's Cove by Lauren St John
FAVOURITE STORY: Dead Man's Cove by Lauren St John
BEST BOOK WITH FACTS: Do Igloos Have Loos? by Mitchell Symons
MOST FUN STORY WITH PICTURES: Lunatics and Luck by Marcus Sedgwick

2010

BOOK OF THE YEAR: Frozen in Time by Ali Sparkes
THE BOOK I COULDN’T PUT DOWN: Frozen in Time by Ali Sparkes
THE BEST BOOK WITH FACTS: Why Eating Bogeys is Good For You by Mitchell Symons
THE BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOK WITH FACTS: Dinkin Dings and the Frightening Things by Guy Bass

2008/9

BOOK OF THE YEAR: Shadow Forest by Matt Haig
THE BOOK I COULDN’T PUT DOWN: Shadow Forest by Matt Haig
THE BEST BOOK WITH FACTS: Planet in Peril by Anita Ganeri
THE MOST FUN BOOK WITH PICTURES: Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear by Andy Stanton

2007

BOOK OF THE YEAR: The Outlaw Varjak Paw by S F Said
THE BOOK I COULDN’T PUT DOWN: The Outlaw Varjak Paw by S F Said
THE BEST BOOK WITH FACTS: The Worst Children’s Jobs in History by Tony Robinson
THE MOST FUN BOOK WITH PICTURES: You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum by Andy Stanton

2006

BOOK OF THE YEAR: Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
THE BOOK I COULDN’T PUT DOWN: Blood Fever by Charlie Higson
THE BEST BOOK WITH FACTS: Spud Goes Green by Giles Thaxton
THE BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOK TO READ ALOUD: Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

2005

BOOK OF THE YEAR: Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
THE BOOK I COULDN’T PUT DOWN: Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
THE BEST BOOK WITH FACTS: Explorers Wanted! At the North Pole by Simon Chapman (currently out of print)
THE BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOK TO READ ALOUD: The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

2004

BOOK OF THE YEAR: Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram
THE BOOK I COULDN’T PUT DOWN: Montmorency by Eleanor Updale
THE BEST BOOK WITH FACTS: The Ultimate Book Guide
THE BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOK TO READ ALOUD: Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram

2003

BOOK OF THE YEAR: Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
THE BOOK I COULDN’T PUT DOWN: Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
THE BEST BOOK WITH FACTS: Pirate Diary by Richard Platt & Chris Riddell
THE BEST BOOK TO READ ALOUD: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

2002

BOOK OF THE YEAR: Feather Boy by Nicky Singer
THE BOOK I COULDN’T PUT DOWN: Feather Boy by Nicky Singer
THE BEST NEW INFORMATION BOOK: Ada Lovelace: The Computer Wizard of Victorian England by Lucy Lethridge
THE BEST BOOK TO READ ALOUD: Crispin, the Pig Who Had It All by Ted Dewan
THE BEST STORYBOOK (VOTERS’ AWARD): The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
THE BEST BOOK WITH FACTS IN (VOTERS’ AWARD): Terrible Tudors by Terry Deary

2001

BOOK OF THE YEAR: The Wind Singer by William Nicholson
THE BOOK I COULDN’T PUT DOWN: The Wind Singer by William Nicholson
THE BEST BOOK TO KEEP FOREVER: The Kite Rider by Geraldine McCaughrean
THE BEST BOOK TO READ ALOUD: The Bravest Bear Ever by Allan Ahlberg
THE BEST STORYBOOK (VOTER’S AWARD): Harry Potter and the Philsopher’s Stone by J K Rowling
THE BEST BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE (VOTERS’ AWARD): Rotten Romans by Terry Deary

2000

BOOK OF THE YEAR: A Pilgrim’s Progress by Geraldine McCaughrean
THE BOOK I COULDN’T PUT DOWN: Shadow of the Minotaur by Alan Gibbons
A SPECIAL BOOK TO KEEP FOREVER: A Pilgrim’s Progress by Geraldine McCaughrean
THE BEST BOOK TO READ ALOUD: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
THE BEST BOOK WITH FACTS IN IT (VOTERS’ AWARD): Guinness World Records 2000 (currently out of print)
THE BOOK THAT MADE ME LAUGH THE LOUDEST: Matilda by Roald Dahl

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