Blue Peter Book Awards archive
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.
In this section, you can take a trip back in time to find out all about previous winners of the Blue Peter Book Awards, including Michael Morpurgo, Katherine Rundell, Oliver Jeffers and Liz Pichon.
If you're looking for something to read, these books come highly recommended by the children that voted for them over the years - so this is a great place to start.
In this section
The vibrant history of colour and the loving tale of a refugee boy's new life in London took the top spots in 2019, with The Colours of History and The Boy at the Back of the Class voted for by over 500 children.
Tales of unexplained phenomenon and magical witches and warriors took the top spots in 2018, with Real-Life Mysteries and The Wizards of Once voted for by over 500 children.
Two Faber titles won the awards for best books in 2017 – Podkin One Ear and Survivors – and they both tell stories of epic struggle and strength.
Ross Mackenzie's The Nowhere Emporium and Adam Frost's The Epic Book of Epicness are crowned the 2016 winners.
Pamela Butchard's The Spy Who Loved School Dinners and Andy Seed's The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff scoop prizes at the 2015 Blue Peter Book Awards.
Katherine Rundell's Rooftoppers and Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: World War II are victorious in the Blue Peter Book Awards 2014.
Previous winners of the Blue Peter Book Awards are:
- 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)
This year's award
Get the latest updates on this year's Blue Peter Book Awards, from the judges to the shortlist.
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Waterstones Children's Laureate
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