Blue Peter Book Awards 2015

Latest update 'The winners have been announced!'

The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff and The Spy Who Loved School Dinners win the Blue Peter Book Awards in 2015. The enormously popular Blue Peter Book Awards, which celebrate the best authors, most creative illustrators and the greatest reads for children, are managed by Book Trust. 

More than 200 children from ten schools across the UK voted to decide the winners in each category. The Spy Who Loved School Dinners, written by Pamela Butchart and illustrated by Thomas Flintham, has won the Best Story Award. The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff, written by Andy Seed and illustrated by Scott Garrett, has won the Best Book with Facts Award. 

 

Pamela, Thomas, Andy and Scott will receive their awards on Blue Peter tonight when Waterstones Children's Laureate 2013-2015 Malorie Blackman will be giving them their trophies.

 

A panel of judges including Tom Gates author Liz Pichon, Rastamouse creator Michael de Souza, The Bookseller journalist Anna James, and non-voting chair of judges, Blue Peter editor Ewan Vinnicombe, selected the shortlist from publishers' submissions.

 

These were then read and voted on by more than 200 children from ten schools across the UK to decide the winners in each category. The winners were announced on a special World Book Day morning bulletin of Newsround.

 

Pupils at Perry Wood Nursery and Primary School in Worcester said it was an 'honour' and 'exciting as only ten schools in the whole of England can choose the winners of the Blue Peter Book Awards.'

 

Ewan Vinnicombe, Editor, Blue Peter said:

It's fantastic that in our 15th year of the Blue Peter Book Awards we have given 200 children across the UK the chance to vote for their favourite books. Pamela and Thomas, Andy and Scott should be really proud and Blue Peter will continue to promote children's books and our viewers' love of reading.

Find out more about the winners, the shortlisted books, and the schoolchildren who voted for their favourites on our Blue Peter Book Awards page or follow the award on Twitter: @Booktrust and #BPBA

Best Story

  • Winner

    The Spy Who Loved School Dinners

    Pamela Butchart

    Illustrated by Thomas Flintham

    Nosy Crow

    Izzy is really excited to be picked to look after the new girl, Mathilde, but the new girl isn't quite what Izzy and her friends were expecting. Firstly, she's tall. Very tall. And her hair is short. Very short. But stranger still, she LOVES school dinners. No one likes school dinners. There's only one explanation… the new girl is a SPY!

Pamela, who did a book-signing for The Spy Who Loved School Dinners on her wedding day, exclaimed: 'WOW! Is this real-life?! I'm shocked and utterly over-the-moon about winning this fantastic award! It means the world to me that children voted for my book! Thank you.'

 

Thomas Flintham said: 'Hooray! What fantastic news! It was exciting enough just to be nominated but to have won has forced me to do a little dance!'

Shortlist

  • The Boy in the Tower

    Polly Ho-Yen
    Doubleday
  • Goth Girl and the Fete Worse than Death

    Chris Riddell
    Macmillan
  • The Spy Who Loved School Dinners

    Pamela Butchart

    Illustrated by Thomas Flintham

    Nosy Crow

Best Book with Facts

  • Winner

    The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff

    Andy Seed

    Illustrated by Scott Garrett

    Bloomsbury

    Ever wanted to know what kind of animal an aye-aye is? Or how much gravy the boot of a Mini Cooper Convertible can hold? What about which country's residents dine on maggot cheese? You can find out all the silly things you could ever want to know in The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff.

Andy, who grew up watching Blue Peter, said: 'To win a Blue Peter Book Award is a proper thrill not just because it revives all those happy childhood memories but because the show today does a truly significant job in raising the profile of books and reading at a time when this is needed more than ever. To win any award is a delight but to win the Blue Peter Book Award sets my spine tingling like nothing else.'

 

Scott Garrett said: 'I was so excited to hear that we'd won the Blue Peter Book Award! Blue Peter was a big part of my early years. We've all grown up with it and to be part of it AND get an award is something very special to me - I can't wait to get my badge! Illustrators don't get inundated with awards, so I'm over the moon to have been awarded this one. Here's to books!'

Shortlist

  • Animalium

    Jenny Broom

    Illustrated by Katie Scott

    Big Picture Press
  • The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff

    Andy Seed

    Illustrated by Scott Garrett

    Bloomsbury
  • Corpse Talk: Season 1

    Adam Murphy
    David Fickling Books

Judges

Rastamouse creator Michael de Souza, whose books about the adventures of a crime-fighting, guitar-playing, skateboarding mouse and his friends, joins a prestigious panel of judges for the 15th Blue Peter Book Awards. His fellow judges are author Liz Pichon, winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2013 for Best Story, The Bookseller journalist Anna James, and Blue Peter Editor Ewan Vinnicombe.

 

  • Michael de Souza

    Co-creator of the Rastamouse book series and co-founder of Little Roots Ltd.
  • Liz Pichon

    Author of the Tom Gates series, and winner of the Blue Peter Book Awards Best Story 2013
  • Anna James

    Editor, We Love This Book and Media Editor, The Bookseller, and former school librarian
  • Ewan Vinnicombe

    Editor, Blue Peter and Head of Presentation for CBeebies and CBBC

About the Blue Peter Book Awards 2015

The enormously popular and influential Blue Peter Book Awards have been recognising and celebrating the best authors, the most creative illustrators and the greatest reads for children since 2000. The Blue Peter Book Awards 2015 celebrates children's books published in the last year in two categories: the Best Story and the Best Book with Facts.
 

For updates on the Award follow @Booktrust, on Twitter, and visit the official Blue Peter page.


Past winners of the Blue Peter Book of the Year

2014 Best Story: Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell (Faber & Faber); Best Book with Facts: Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: World War II by Tony Robinson and illustrated by Del Thorpe (Macmillan Children's Books)

2013 Best Story: Tom Gates - Genius Ideas (Mostly) by Liz Pichon (Scholastic); Best Book with Facts: Horrible Science: House of Horrors by Nick Arnold and Tony De Saulles (Scholastic)

2012 The Considine Curse by Gareth P Jones (Bloomsbury)

2011 Dead Man's Cove by Lauren St John (Orion Children's Books)

2010 Frozen in Time by Ali Sparkes (Oxford University Press)

2009 Shadow Forest by Matt Haig (Corgi Children's)

2008 Prize didn't run
2007 The Outlaw Varjak Paw by S. F. Said, illustrated by Dave McKean (David Fickling Books)

2006 Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins)
2005 Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (Collins)
2004 Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram (Templar)
2003 Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve (Scholastic)
2002 Feather Boy by Nicky Singer (Collins)
2001 The Wind Singer by William Nicholson (Egmont)
2000 A Pilgrim's Progress retold by Geraldine McCaughrean, illustrated by Jason Cockcroft (Hodder)

The Blue Peter Book Awards 2015 invited publishers to submit entries from 28 July to 26 August 2014. For reference please view the Terms & Conditions.

 

The Blue Peter Book Awards 2015 Terms and Conditions

 
If you have any queries please email bluepeter@booktrust.org.uk or call Claire Shanahan on 0207 801 8845