Blue Peter Book Awards

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.

Previous Blue Peter Book Award winners include Michael Morpurgo, Katherine Rundell, Oliver Jeffers and Liz Pichon - you can find out more about the 2017 awards below and learn about previous years by visiting our Blue Peter Book Awards archive.

For updates on this year's Awards follow @BookTrust on Twitter and visit the official Blue Peter website.

Updates: Blue Peter Book Awards 2018

The Blue Peter Book Awards 2018 celebrates children's books published in the last year in two categories: the Best Story and the Best Book with Facts.

Submissions are now closed. The shortlist will be revealed on Thursday 23 November 2017.

Meet the judges choosing the shortlist 

The Blue Peter Book Awards 2018 will be picked by our judges below, as well as hundreds of children in schools all across the UK.

Apply to be one of our judging schools (Word doc)

 

Ewan VinnicombeEwan Vinnicombe

Editor, Blue Peter

Ewan Vinnicombe has been Blue Peter Editor since January 2013. Ewan is also the Head of Presentation for CBeebies and CBBC and in his 17 years at the BBC he has worked on shows including Record Breakers, The Saturday Show and Live & Kicking.

 

Laura DockrillLaura Dockrill

Performance poet, author/illustrator and short story writer

Laura was born and grew up in Brixton. She is the author of the Darcy Burdock series and YA novels, Lorali and Aurabel. She is also a poet both for adults and in her first collection for children, My Mum's Growing Down



Greg James and Chris Smith

Greg James and Chris Smith

Radio and TV broadcasters

Together on Greg’s show and in their weekly podcast, Chris and Greg are responsible for some of radio's most ludicrous games and characters, which genuinely wouldn't make any sense if we tried to explain them here. Their debut children’s book, Kid Normal, was published on 13th July 2017.

 

Amy McKay

Amy McKay

School librarian

Amy McKay has been a school librarian in Corby, Northamptonshire for 12 years. She loves everything about her job: whether she’s organising Zombie Apocalypse training courses or buying lots of lovely new books for students to devour. In 2016, she was named SLA School Librarian of the Year. As well as the day job, for the last four years, she has been the National Coordinator of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals. A self-confessed book addict, she’s rarely found without a book in hand and is passionate about recommending and discussing books with anybody and everybody.

Schools: help us choose this year's winner

Schools - help us judge this year's Blue Peter Book Awards!

Entries are now open for schools to apply to be part of the expert reading panel, who will help us pick our 2018 winners.

And you'll also get a Blue Peter badge!

Schools need a minimum of 20 pupils in year 5 and/or 6 (or P6 and P7 in Scotland) to vote for their favourite shortlisted book in each category.

The deadline is 13 October.

Download the application form (PDF)

Download the application form (Word doc)

More about the Blue Peter Book Awards

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Archive

Find out about the winners, shortlisted books and judges from previous Blue Peter Book Awards.

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