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The Blue Peter Book Awards


The Blue Peter Book AwardsThe 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.

There are currently three categories - the Best Story and the Best Book with Facts - although the category names and the format have been revised on almost annual basis.

Controversy occurred in the selection of the shortlists for the 2011 Awards, when Andy Mulligan's Trash was first included and then dropped after complaints about a chapter in which a 14-year-old boy is threatened and sworn at by a corrupt police officer. Mulligan was quoted as saying in response, 'I'm sad because I thought when Blue Peter chose the book they were declaring their passion for literature. Sadly the fall-back position is one of fear. It's part of the insidious process that bans snowball fights.'

Entrants for the 2008 awards were held over until 2009, due to a shift in the timing of the announcement of the winner to coincide with World Book Day in March.

In 2012, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney was voted as Blue Peter's Best Children's Book of the Last 10 Years in an online poll.

The 2105 shortlists were announced on 4th December 2014. The two winning books will be revealed on Blue Peter on 5th March 2015 (World Book Day).

 

 

2015 shortlist for Best Story

Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death
(Hardback)
Chris Riddell
 
Ada is back in the sequel to the award-winning Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
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Boy in the Tower
(Hardback)
Polly Ho-Yen
 
When they first arrived, they came quietly and stealthily as if they tip-toed into the world when we were all looking the other way. Ade loves living at the top...
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Stores - out of stock

The Spy Who Loved School Dinners
(Paperback)
Pamela Butchart; Thomas Flintham
 
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...
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2015 shortlist for Best Book with facts

Corpse Talk: Book 1
(Paperback)
Adam Murphy
 
Full colour kids comic book based on the mega popular strip, Corpse Talk, featured in the Phoenix Comic (www.thephoenixcomic.co.uk)
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Animalium
(Hardback)
Jenny Broom; Katie Scott
 
Discover more than 160 exhibits in this virtual museum, open all hours.
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£20.00
 
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The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff
(Paperback)
Andy Seed; Scott Garrett
 
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 ...
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2014

BEST STORY: Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundel
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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