Blue Peter Book Awards 2016
The Blue Peter Awards judges have been announced, and they're tasked with finding shortlists for the Best Story and Best Book with Facts.
The four judges for 2016's Awards are:
- Angellica Bell - TV presenter, mum and blogger
- Pamela Butchart - winner of the Blue Peter Story Book 2015
- Ewan Vinnicombe - (non-voting chair) Editor, Blue Peter
- Jim Sells - National Literacy Trust Programme Manager
After the judging process the shortlist will be announced on Blue Peter on 3 December 2015. The two winning books will be announced on the Blue Peter programme scheduled for World Book Day on 3 March 2016.
Editor, Blue PeterEwan VinnicombeEditor, Blue Peter
Ewan Vinnicombe has been Blue Peter Editor since January 2013. Ewan is also the Head of Presentation for CBeebies and CBBC, being responsible for all continuity and Red Button interactive content on the BBC Children's channels.
In his 17 years working at the BBC he’s worked on a number of Children's productions, including Blue Peter, Record Breakers, The Saturday Show, Live & Kicking and CBeebies Presentation
TV presenter and bloggerAngellica BellTV presenter and blogger
Angellica Bell is a popular TV presenter with 16 years of experience working in children's TV and in adult factual and entertainment programmes. Among other things, Angellica currently works on the BBC's The One Show.
She is very family orientated and is kept busy as a mother of two children. She has a weekly column in the Surrey Comet talking about the balance of being a working mum.
Author and winner of the Blue Peter Story Book 2015Pamela ButchartAuthor and winner of the Blue Peter Story Book 2015
Pamela Butchart is a teacher and award-winning children's author. She lives in Dundee with her husband, Andy, and their two awesome cats, Bear and Carlos. Pamela studied philosophy at Dundee University and education at Edinburgh University before becoming a secondary school philosophy teacher. She now spends her days with her pupils pondering such questions as, 'How do I know I'm not really a robot?' and 'Can we prove the head teacher DOESN'T exist??'
Her books are mostly about the weird and wacky things that happen at primary school (if you're suspicious enough!). Where your teacher just might be an alien and the last packet of Monster Munch at the tuck shop can make or break a friendship.
National Literacy Trust Programme ManagerJim SellsNational Literacy Trust Programme Manager
Jim Sells is the Programme Manager for the National Literacy Trust where he has developed the National Literacy Trust's football-themed literacy programmes since 2002. Working with the Premier League he created the high-profile Premier League Reading Stars programme, which has worked with thousands of young people.
Other projects such as the Premier League Reading Stars Challenge, Kick into Reading and Sports Stories have been the vehicle for reaching over 900,000 children and their families.
About the Blue Peter Book Awards 2016
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 2016 celebrates children's books published in the last year in two categories: the Best Story and the Best Book with Facts.
Past winners of the Blue Peter Book of the Year
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 submission period for this prize has now closed.
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