Blue Peter Book Awards 2016

Latest update 'And we have our winners!'

The Epic Book of Epicness and The Nowhere Emporium have won the top children's book prize on World Book Day.

Two graphic artists turned authors are winners of the Blue Peter Book Awards 2016, chosen by schoolchildren across the UK.

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Best Story

  • Winner

    The Nowhere Emporium

    Ross Mackenzie
    Floris Books

    Daniel is constantly picked on by Spud Harper and his gang of bullies. However, his life changes forever when he stumbles upon The Nowhere Emporium, which has mysteriously arrived in Glasgow.

Scottish children's writer Ross MacKenzie, who is also a graphic designer for a national newspaper, has won Best Story with his latest title, The Nowhere Emporium.

Ross MacKenzie, who grew up watching Blue Peter, said: 'It's always a great moment to receive any sort of award, but to win the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Story is extra special.

'Firstly, because it's an award chosen by the readers. It's fantastic and important that children have a voice, and I'm so glad they liked The Nowhere Emporium enough to give it their vote.

'And secondly, it's special because Blue Peter was such a huge part of my childhood.'


  • The Astounding Broccoli Boy

    Frank Cottrell Boyce
    Macmillan Children's Books
  • The Nowhere Emporium

    Ross Mackenzie
    Floris Books

Best Story with Facts

  • Winner

    The Epic Book of Epicness: The world’s most epic facts in pictures

    Adam Frost

    Did you know that at Christmas time in Norway, you should leave a bowl of porridge outside your door - otherwise gnomes will play tricks on you? Or that a beach in Hawaii has green sand? The Epic Book of Epicness will teach you all this and more.

Adam Frost from Essex, who creates fantastic, wacky information graphics that are often found in his books, has won Best Book with Facts for The Epic Book of Epicness.

Best Book with Facts winner Adam Frost, who believes illustrations in books are just as important as words, said:

'I'm absolutely delighted to have won. I tried to fill my book with as many bizarre facts and funny pictures as possible. I loved writing it and am over the moon that kids are enjoying it.'


  • FactFeed: The Ultimate Book of Randomly Awesome Trivia

    Penelope Arlon
    Scholastic Children’s Books
  • The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words

    Andy Seed
    Illustrated by Scott Garrett



  • Pamela Butchart

    Author and winner of the Blue Peter Story Book 2015
  • Jim Sells

    National Literacy Trust Programme Manager

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.

For updates on the Award follow @Booktrust, on Twitter, and visit the official Blue Peter website.


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.


The Blue Peter Book Awards 2016 Terms and Conditions

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