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Blue Peter Book Awards 2018

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Blue Peter Book Awards 2018

April Prendergast

The highly anticipted shortlist for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2018 has been announced, with fiction favourites flaunting strong female leads. 

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.

Managed by BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, the immensely popular Blue Peter Book Awards honour amazing authors, imaginative illustrators and the best books for children, published in the last 12 months. The winning titles, voted for by over 500 children from 12 schools across the UK, will be revealed live on Blue Peter on World Book Day on Thursday 1st March 2018, with the winning authors and illustrators appearing on the special awards episode of the show.

Keep up-to-date with the Awards on the BookTrust website and on Twitter by following @Booktrust and #BPBA

Best Story

Competing for the title of Best Story are: The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans and The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell. Each of the gripping fiction nominations have strong girl protagonists who must undertake dangerous journeys in their quest to triumph over evil. But who will end up end up triumphing in the Blue Peter Book Awards?


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Best Book with Facts

Meanwhile, battling to be crowned Best Book with Facts are: Corpse Talk: Ground-Breaking Scientists by Adam Murphy & Lisa Murphy, Real-Life Mysteries by Susan Martineau, illustrated by Vicky Barker and Beyond the Sky: You and the Universe by Dara Ó Briain, illustrated by Dan Bramall.




The Judges

The judges, including Drivetime DJs and Kid Normal authors Greg James and Chris Smith, Poet and Darcy Burdock author Laura Dockrill, School Librarian of the Year 2016 Amy McKay and Blue Peter editor and non-voting chair Ewan Vinnicombe selected the shortlist which will be sent out to 12 schools, giving participating children the opportunity to read the final six and vote for their favourite books.

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.”

Amy McKay said: “It was a massive honour and pleasure to judge the Blue Peter Book Awards, I loved every minute of it!  There were many fantastic books to choose from and I’m very proud of our eventual shortlists.  I’m already eagerly awaiting hearing which books children vote as the winners.”

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.”

Laura Dockrill explained: “I adored judging the Blue Peter Book Award, the nominated list was incredibly strong and made judging the prize so difficult. Which I think is a very good thing for the world of children’s books! I met wizards, talking toys with speech impediments, and was flown across the globe to marvellous new landscapes. I met big foot, uncovered mysteries and had my head blown off by space facts. It was a wonderful privilege and the shortlist is stunning!”


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."

Keep up-to-date with the Awards on the BookTrust website and on Twitter by following @Booktrust and #BPBA

For those of you who haven't heard of BookTrust it is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. It aims to inspire a love of reading in children because they know that reading can transform lives.

Each year they reach 3.4 million children across the UK with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading. Every parent receives a BookTrust book in their baby’s first year. Their books are delivered via health, library, schools and early year’s practitioners, and are supported with guidance, advice and resources to encourage the reading habit. Reading for pleasure has a dramatic impact on educational outcomes, well-being and social mobility, and is also a huge pleasure in itself. They are committed to starting children on their reading journey and supporting them throughout

We look forward to finding out who the winners are!