Blue Peter Book Awards 2017

Latest update 'We have our shortlist!'

From time travel, fantasy and shocking stories of survival to fantastically funny football facts, this year's Blue Peter Book Awards shortlist explores a diverse range of themes.

The six titles are competing for a chance to win one of two prestigious awards: Best Story and Best Book with Facts.


Best Story


  • Lost Tales

    Adam Murphy and colourist Lisa Murphy
    David Fickling Books
  • Podkin One Ear

    Kieran Larwood
    Illustrated by David Wyatt

    Faber and Faber
  • Time Travelling with a Hamster

    Ross Welford
    Harper Collins Children’s Books

Best Book with Facts


  • Destination: Space

    Dr Christopher Englert

    Illustrated by Tom Clohosy Cole

    Wide Eyed Editions
  • Football School: Where Football Explains the World

    Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton
    Illustrated by Spike Gerrell

    Walker Books
  • Survivors: Extraordinary Tales From the Wild and Beyond

    David Long
    Illustrated by Kerry Hyndman

    Faber and Faber


Radio DJ and father of two Nihal Arthanayake joins an expert panel of judges for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2017. Nihal sits on the panel alongside author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre, Waterstones Children's Book Buyer Florentyna Martin and Blue Peter editor Ewan Vinnicombe.

About the Blue Peter Book Awards 2017

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 2017 celebrates children's books published in the last year in two categories: the Best Story and the Best Book with Facts.

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Past winners of the Blue Peter Book of the Year

2016: Best Story: The Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie (Floris Books); Best Story with Facts: The Epic Book of Epicness: The world’s most epic facts in pictures by Adam Frost (Bloomsbury)

2015: Best Story: The Spy Who Loved School Dinners by Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Thomas Flintham (Nosy Crow); Best Book with Facts: The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff by Andy Seed, illustrated by Scott Garrett (Bloomsbury)

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 2017 Terms and Conditions

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