Blue Peter Book Awards 2015

Latest update 'The shortlist has been announced'

A comic strip with facts, beautifully illustrated fiction and non-fiction, gripping stories and funny books are all on the shortlist for the 15th Blue Peter Book Awards

Chris Riddell's Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death is vying for the Best Story Award along with Boy in the Tower by primary school teacher Polly Ho-Yen and The Spy Who Loved School Dinners written by Pamela Butchart and illustrated by Thomas Flintham.


Adam Murphy's Corpse Talk, which uses comic strips to tell the stories of scientists, writers, sovereigns and rebels from history, is competing for the Best Book with Facts with Animalium written by Jenny Broom and illustrated by Katie Scott, and The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff written by Andy Seed and illustrated by Scott Garrett.


The shortlist was announced live on Blue Peter on Thursday 4 December by Michael Morpurgo, author of more than 120 children's books, including War Horse, and President of Booktrust. Morpurgo was also presented with the CBBC show's highest accolade, the gold Blue Peter badge, for inspiring millions of children with his books.


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

We have a brilliant selection, something for everyone. There's beautifully illustrated fiction, gripping stories, funny books and the FIRST comic strip style book with facts which is fantastic. We keep hearing that kids don't read anymore, but if you get the right books in front of them they really will - I've seen it. The Blue Peter Awards are a fantastic way of showcasing even more great books.

The Blue Peter Book Awards, which are celebrating their 15th year, are special as they ask children to choose the winners. Approximately 200 children from 10 schools across the UK will 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


Take the 15th anniversary quiz, download a reading guide for the shortlisted books, and read a blog by judge Anna James on our Blue Peter Book Awards resources page.

Best Story


  • The Boy in the Tower

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

    Chris Riddell
  • The Spy Who Loved School Dinners

    Pamela Butchart

    Illustrated by Thomas Flintham

    Nosy Crow

Best Book with Facts


  • Animalium

    Jenny Broom

    Illustrated by Katie Scott

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

    Andy Seed

    Illustrated by Scott Garrett

  • Corpse Talk: Season 1

    Adam Murphy
    David Fickling Books


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 or call Hannah Davies on 020 8875 4838