Blue Peter Book Awards 2015

Latest update 'Rastamouse creator Michael de Souza joins judging panel for Blue Peter Book Awards 2015'

The 15th Blue Peter Book Awards will celebrate children's books published in the last year in two categories:  Best Story and Best Book with Facts


There will be three shortlisted books for each award chosen by our panel of judges and announced on Blue Peter on 4 December 2014.


Approximately 200 children from 10 schools across the UK will then read the shortlisted books and vote for their favourites in each category. The two winning books will be announced on the Blue Peter programme scheduled for World Book Day on 5 March 2015.


Stay up-to-date with the Awards on Twitter: @Booktrust and #BPBA


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, whose Rastamouse character he co-created with author Genevieve Webster, is now a much-loved children's TV animation on CBBC, said:

I am delighted to be part of such a brilliant award celebrating the very best in children's literature. I'm looking forward to seeing what wonderful stories and facts this year's entries have to offer. Good luck and irie vibes to all who entered!

I'll be keeping an eye out for books that champion diversity and appeal to a wide audience across the UK because I want to see as many children reading as possible.

Liz Pichon, author of the Tom Gates series, and winner of the Blue Peter Book Awards Best Story 2013, said: 

I'm thrilled to be asked to be a judge this year and really looking forward to reading some fabulous books. I grew up watching Blue Peter so winning the award in 2013 was exciting enough, as it's such a great prize. And I never miss an opportunity to proudly wear my Blue Peter Badge.

Anna James, Editor of We Love This Book, Media Editor of The Bookseller, and former school librarian said:

I'm a person built by books so it's a huge honour to be asked to judge the Blue Peter Book Award and help celebrate the best in children's books. I'm looking for books that give children a different perspective on themselves and the world around them and books that capture the imagination. As a former school librarian and now as someone who's lucky enough to get to write about books as a job I'm a passionate advocate for the direct impact that reading has on children's lives in terms of through the chance to learn about and explore, worlds and characters from close to home to the utterly fantastical.

Blue Peter Editor Ewan Vinnicombe said:

It's been a terrific year for books on Blue Peter and I'm very excited to read this year's selection together with such an impressive judging panel. The Blue Peter audience loves books and this week we awarded children's author Henry Winkler the programme's highest honour a Gold Blue Peter badge for his work highlighting dyslexia with his Hank Zipzer books.

  • 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

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