Blue Peter Book Awards 2022

Since 2000, 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.

Here's our shortlist!

We have shortlisted six brilliant books for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2022: three for Best Story and three for Best Book with Facts.

Children in judging schools across the country will now read the shortlist and pick a winner from each category. We will announce the two winning books in Spring 2022.

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Best Story 


Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths

Author: Maisie Chan Illustrator: Anh Cao

Danny Chung doesn’t do maths he does do art. When his grandmother arrives from China, hilarious adventures including bingo and lychees show him that maths and art are closely connected.

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The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh

Author: Helen Rutter

Billy's starting secondary school, but he's worried that his stammer will make it hard to fit in. He has to get rid of it before he can pursue his dream of being a stand-up comedian - so he comes up with an unusual list of ways to deal with it...

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The Last Bear

Author: Hannah Gold Illustrator: Levi Pinfold

When April and her father move to an uninhabited island in the Arctic Circle, she isn't expecting to meet a lonely polar bear - how can she help him? A moving, beautifully written story about how everyone has the power to make a difference.

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24 Hours in the Stone Age

Author: Lan Cook Illustrator: Laurent King

This fictional account of a Stone-Age family enables young readers to imagine what life may have been like for a child of their age. The comic strip illustrations are colourful, humorous and informative.

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Good News

Author: Rashmi Sirdeshpande Illustrator: Adam Hayes

From pandemics to war, world news can sometimes seem rather bleak, leaving many children feeling anxious and despondent. This superb, upbeat book redresses the balance, highlighting amazing news stories from around the globe.

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Invented by Animals

Author: Christiane Dorian Illustrator: Gosia Herba

This fun and informative picture book explores how animal anatomy, behaviour and skills have influenced the development of a range of human inventions. 

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For updates on this year's Awards, check back on this page or follow @BookTrust on Twitter. You can also check out our archive for information on previous years.

Discover the entire longlist for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2022

These are all the book titles – fiction and fact books – longlisted for the 2022 Blue Peter Book Awards.



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