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The Blue Peter Book Awards are a set of literary awards for children's books conferred by the BBC television programme Blue Peter. They were inaugurated in 2000 for books published in 1999. The Awards have been managed by reading charity, Booktrust, since 2006. As of 2013, there are two award categories: Best Story and Best Book with Facts.

The Book of the Year dated from 2000 when there were also some "Voters' Awards" (2000 to 2002). Previously there were award categories for:

  • Most Fun Story with Pictures, from 2007; Best Illustrated Book to Read Aloud, 2004 to 2006
  • Best Book with Facts, from 2003; Best New Information Book, 2002
  • Favourite Story, 2011; Book I Couldn't Put Down, 2000 to 2010

Three books in each category were announced 4 December 2014 and considered by the panel of 200 children from 10 schools. The two winners for the 2015 awards were announced on 5 March 2015, or World Book Day (UK and Ireland).

Contents

Winners

2020
  • Best story: Wildspark by Vashti Hardy
  • Best Book with Facts: Rise Up: Ordinary Kids with Extraordinary Stories by Amanda Li, illus. Amy Blackwell designed by Kim Hankinson and Jack Clucas
2019
  • Best story: The Boy At the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf
  • Best Book with Facts: The Colours of History by Clive Gifford, illus. Marc-Etienne Peintre
2018
  • Best story: The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
  • Best Book with Facts: Real-Life Mysteries by Susan Martineau, illus. Vicky Barker
2017
  • Best story: Podkin One Ear by Kieran Larwood, illus. David Wyatt
  • Best Book with Facts: Survivors by David Long, illus. Kerry Hyndman
2016
  • Best Story: The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie
  • Best Book with Facts: The Epic Book of Epicness by Adam Frost
2015
  • Best Story: The Spy Who Loved School Dinners by Pamela Butchart, illus. Thomas Flintham (Nosy Crow)
  • Best Book with Facts: The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff by Andy Seed, illus. Scott Garrett (Bloomsbury)
2014
  • Best Story: Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell (Faber)
  • Best Book with Facts: Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: World War II by Tony Robinson, illus. Del Thorpe (Macmillan)
2013
  • Best Story: Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (Mostly) by Liz Pichon (Scholastic)
  • Best Book with Facts: House of Horrors (Horrible Science series) by Nick Arnold and Tony De Saulles (Scholastic)
2012
  • Book of the Year: The Considine Curse by Gareth P. Jones (Bloomsbury)
2011
  • Book of the Year: Dead Man's Cove (Laura Marlin Mysteries, 1) by Lauren St John (Orion)
2010
  • Book of the Year: Frozen in Time by Ali Sparkes (Oxford)
2009
2008

Prize didn't run.

2007
  • Book of the Year: The Outlaw Varjak Paw by S. F. Said, illus. Dave McKean (David Fickling) – sequel to Varjak Paw (2003)
    • Most Fun Story With Pictures: You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum by Andy Stanton and David Tazzyman
    • Best Book with Facts: The Worst Children's Jobs in History by Tony Robinson
    • Book I Couldn't Put Down: The Outlaw Varjak Paw
2006
  • Book of the Year: Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins)
    • Best Illustrated Book to Read Aloud: Lost and Found
    • Best Book with Facts: Spud Goes Green by Giles Thaxton (Egmont)
    • Book I Couldn't Put Down: Blood Fever by Charlie Higson (Puffin)
2005
  • Book of the Year: Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (Collins)
    • Best Illustrated Book to Read Aloud: The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson, illus. Axel Scheffler (Macmillan)
    • Best Book with Facts: Explorers Wanted! At the North Pole by Simon Chapman (Egmont)
    • Book I Couldn't Put Down: Private Peaceful
2004
  • Book of the Year: Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram (Templar)
    • Best Illustrated Book to Read Aloud: Man on the Moon
    • Best Book with Facts: The Ultimate Book Guide edited by Daniel Hahn (A & C Black)
    • Book I Couldn't Put Down: Montmorency by Eleanor Updale (Scholastic)
2003
2002
2001
2000

Shortlists

2020
  • Best Book with Facts:
    • Rise Up: Ordinary Kids with Extraordinary Stories by Amanda Li, illus. Amy Blackwell designed by Kim Hankinson and Jack Clucas (Buster Books)
    • Fanatical About Frogs by Owen Davey (Flying Eye)
    • How To Be An Astronaut and Other Space Jobs by Dr Sheila Kanani & Sol Linero (Nosy Crow)
  • Best Story
    • Wildspark by Vashti Hardy (Scholastic)
    • Owen and the Soldier by Lisa Thompson, illus. Mike Lowery (Barrington Stoke)
    • Vote for Effie by Laura Wood (Scholastic)
2019
  • Best Book with Facts:
    • The Colours of History by Clive Gifford, illus. Marc-Etienne Peintre (QED Publishing)
    • Professor Astro Cat’s Human Body Odyssey by Dr Dominic Walliman, illus. Ben Newman (Flying Eye Books)
    • The Element in the Room: Investigating the Atomic Ingredients that Make Up Your Home by Mike Barfield, illus. Lauren Humphrey (Laurence King)
  • Best Story
    • The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Raúf (Orion Children's Books)
    • The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher (Firefly)
    • The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson (Usborne)
2018
  • Best Book with Facts:
    • Real-Life Mysteries by Susan Martineau, illus. Vicky Barker (b small)
    • Beyond the Sky: You and the Universe by Dara Ó Briain, illus. Dan Bramall (Scholastic)
    • Corpse Talk: Ground-Breaking Scientists by Adam Murphy and Lisa Murphy (David Fickling Books)
  • Best Story
    • The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell (Hodder Children's Books)
    • The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Chicken House)
    • Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans (David Fickling Books)
2017
  • Best Book with Facts:
    • Destination: Space by Christoph Englert, illus. Tom Clohosy Cole (Wide Eyed Editions)
    • Football School: Where Football Explains the World by Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, illus. Spike Gerrell (Walker Books)
    • Survivors by David Long (Faber and Faber)
  • Best Story:
    • Lost Tales by Adam Murphy (David Fickling Books)
    • Podkin One Ear by Kieran Larwood, illus. David Wyatt (Faber and Faber)
    • Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford (Harper Collins )
2016
  • Best Book with Facts:
    • The Epic Book of Epicness by Adam Frost
    • The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words by Andy Seed, illus. by Scott Garrett
    • FactFeed by Penny Arlon
  • Best Story:
    • The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell-Boyce, illus. by Steven Lenton
    • The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair by Lara Williamson
    • The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie
2015
  • Best Book with Facts:
    • Animalium by Jenny Broom, illus. Katie Scott (Big Picture Press)
    • The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff by Andy Seed, illus. Scott Garrett (Bloomsbury)
    • Corpse Talk: Season 1 by Adam Murphy (David Fickling Books)
  • Best Story
    • The Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen (DoubleDay)
    • Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death by Chris Riddell (Walker)
    • The Spy Who Loved School Dinners by Pamela Butchart, illus. Thomas Flintham (Nosy Crow)
2014
  • Best Book with Facts:
    • Marvellous Maths by Jonathan Litton, illus. Thomas Flintham (Templar Publishing)
    • The World in Infographics: Animal Kingdom by Jon Richards illus. Ed Simkins (Wayland)
    • Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: World War II by Tony Robinson, illus. Del Thorpe (Macmillan)
  • Favourite Story
2013
2012
  • Best Book with Facts:
    • The Official Countdown to the London 2012 Games by Simon Hart (Carlton Books)
    • Discover the Extreme World by Camilla de la Bedoyere, Clive Gifford, John Farndon, Steve Parker, Stewart Ross and Philip Steele (Miles Kelly)
  • Favourite Story
    • The Considine Curse by Gareth P. Jones (Bloomsbury)
    • A Year without Autumn by Liz Kessler (Orion Children's Books)
2011
  • Most Fun Story with Pictures:
    • Lunatics and Luck (Raven Mysteries, 3) by Marcus Sedgwick, illus. Pete Williamson (Orion Children's Books)
    • Alienography by Chris Riddell (Macmillan)
    • Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree by Andy Stanton, illus. David Tazzyman (Egmont)
  • Best Book with Facts:
    • Do Igloos Have Loos by Mitchell Symons (Doubleday)
    • How the World Works by Christian Dorion, illus. Beverley Young, pop-ups designed by Andy Mansfield (Templar Publishing)
    • What You Need To Know Now: The World in Facts, Stats, and Graphics by Joe Fullman, Ian Graham, Sally Regan and Isabel Thomas, illus. Sheila Collins, Mik Gates, Jim Green, Katie Knutton, Phillip Letsu and Hoa Luc (Dorling Kindersley)
  • Favourite Story
2010
  • Most Fun Story with Pictures:
    • Peter the Penguin Pioneer by Daren King (Quercus)
    • Spells by Emily Gravett (Macmillan)
    • Dinkin Dings and the Frightening Things by Guy Bass (Stripes)
  • Best Book with Facts:
    • Usborne Lift-the-flap Picture Atlas by Alex Frith and Kate Leake (Usborne)
    • Tail-End Charlie by Mick Manning and Brita Granström (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)
    • Why Eating Bogeys is Good for You by Mitchell Symons (Red Fox)
  • Book I couldn't Put Down
    • Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Macmillan)
    • The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 by Harriet Goodwin (Stripes)
    • Frozen in Time by Ali Sparkes (Oxford)
2009
  • Most Fun Story with Pictures:
    • Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear by Andy Stanton and David Tazzyman (Egmont)
    • Fleabag by Helen Stephens (Alison Green Books)
    • Lost! The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog by Jeremy Strong, illus. Rowan Clifford (Puffin Books)
  • Best Book with Facts:
    • Archaeology Detectives by Simon Adams (Oxford University Press)
    • 100 Most Dangerous Things on the Planet by Anna Claybourne (A & C Black)
    • Planet in Peril (Horrible Geography series) by Anita Ganeri, illus. Mike Phillips (Scholastic)
  • The Book I Couldn't Put Down:
2008

Prize didn't run.

2007
  • Most Fun Story with Pictures:
    • Melrose and Croc Together at Christmas by Emma Chichester Clark
    • Charlie Cook's Favourite Books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
    • You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum by Andy Stanton and David Tazzyman
  • Best Book with Facts:
    • Why is Snot Green? by Glenn Murphy
    • The Worst Children's Jobs in History by Tony Robinson
    • A Little Guide to Wild Flowers by Charlotte Voake
  • The Book I Couldn't Put Down:
2006
  • Best Illustrated Book to Read Aloud:
  • Best Book with Facts:
    • Connor's Eco Den by Pippa Goodhart
    • Poo by Nicola Davies and Neal Layton
    • Spud Goes Green by Giles Thaxton (Egmont)
  • Book I Couldn't Put Down:
    • GRK and the Pelotti Gang by Joshua Doder
    • Blood Fever by Charlie Higson (Puffin)
    • The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo
2005
2004
  • Best Illustrated Book to Read Aloud:
    • The Woman Who Won Things by Allan Ahlberg, illus. Katharine McEwen (Walker Books)
    • Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram (Templar)
    • Quiet! by Paul Bright, illus. Guy Parker-Rees (Little Tiger Press)
    • Atticus the Storyteller's 100 Greek Myths by Lucy Coats, illus. Anthony Lewis (Orion)
    • The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson, illus. Axel Scheffler (Macmillan)
  • Best Book with Facts:
    • Journey into the Arctic by Bryan and Cherry Alexander (OUP)
    • Brilliant Brits: Shakespeare by Richard Brassey (Orion)
    • Who is Emily Davison? by Claudia Fitzherbert (Short Books)
    • The Ultimate Book Guide edited by Daniel Hahn (A & C Black)
    • I Spy: Shapes in Art by Lucy Micklethwaite (Collins)
  • Book I Couldn't Put Down:
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