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.
Booktrust is now looking to recruit at least 200 pupils from 10 primary/middle schools located across the UK to select the winning books for 2015. If you are a year 5 or 6 teacher, a primary/middle school headteacher or librarian and would like to put forward your school to be considered for selection, please find more information (and apply) on the online form below. Applications must be received by 5pm, Monday 10 November 2014.
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.
Co-creator of the Rastamouse book series and co-founder of Little Roots Ltd.Michael de SouzaCo-creator of the Rastamouse book series and co-founder of Little Roots Ltd.
Michael De Souza is co-author of the Rastamouse book series and co-founder of Little Roots Ltd. He left his native Trinidad to come and join his parents in Notting Hill in 1960, West London. He has spent most of the last 15 years teaching swimming and it was his love of teaching and working with children that inspired Michael to pursue a career in writing. The imagination and the bravery of the children in overcoming their fear of water encouraged Michael to step bravely into the world of writing and publishing. The first Rastamouse book, which Michael co-wrote with Genevieve Webster, was published in 2003 and by 2011 became a much-loved animation for children. Michael is also the patron for the Erase Foundation charity, an education based charity, working in the rural areas of the Gambia. Michael now divides his time between the Gambia and the UK.
Author of the Tom Gates series, and winner of the Blue Peter Book Awards Best Story 2013Liz PichonAuthor of the Tom Gates series, and winner of the Blue Peter Book Awards Best Story 2013
Liz Pichon (pronounced 'pea shone' in case you were wondering) originally studied graphic design at the Camberwell School of Art in London before becoming an art director for Jive Records UK. As a freelance illustrator and designer her work has been used on all kinds of weird and wonderful products in different countries. She began writing and illustrating her own picture books and won the Smarties Silver award in 2005 with My Big Brother Boris.
Her first book for older children about a character called Tom Gates was published in 2011 and has won several awards including The Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Waterstones Children's Book Award and of course The Blue Peter Book Award for Best Story 2013. Tom Gates has sold over a million copies in the UK and children in 34 different countries are now reading and enjoying the books too. Not to mention eating wafer biscuits and doodling a lot as well.
Editor, We Love This Book and Media Editor, The Bookseller, and former school librarianAnna JamesEditor, We Love This Book and Media Editor, The Bookseller, and former school librarian
Anna James started working with books as a secondary school librarian, which she did for five years and is where her love for sharing books with readers took root. Anna is currently the Book News and Media Editor at The Bookseller magazine, as well as Editor of We Love This Book, The Bookseller's reader-facing website. Anna does freelance work as Elle magazine's contributing books editor, edits her blog A Case for Books and is Recommendations Editor at Go Book Yourself. Her favourite books are The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman.
Editor, Blue Peter and Head of Presentation for CBeebies and CBBCEwan VinnicombeEditor, Blue Peter and Head of Presentation for CBeebies and CBBC
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 15 years working at the BBC he’s worked on a number of Children's productions, including Springwatch Trackers, Blue Peter, Record Breakers, The Saturday Show, Live & Kicking and also worked for Format Entertainment, BBC Manchester.
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.
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.
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