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Blue Peter Book Awards 2021

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.

The 2021 shortlist is here!

The Blue Peter Book Awards 2021 shortlist

We are very excited to share the shortlist for the Blue Peter Book Awards!

There are three books are in the running for Best Story, and three are on the list for Best Book With Facts. The nominated books will now be sent to children in judging schools across the country, who will read them all and then vote for their favourites.

The winning titles will be announced during a special edition of Blue Peter on World Book Day - Thursday, 4 March 2021. Find out more about the shortlisted books below!

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Best Story

A Kind of Spark

Author: Elle McNicoll

When 11 year old Addie, who is autistic, learns about the 16th century women who were persecuted for witchcraft, she starts to lobby for a local memorial in her small Scottish village. With the help of a new girl at school, she fights valiantly against injustice and oppression.

Read more about A Kind of Spark

Life of Riley: Beginner's Luck

Author: Simon James Green

Following a badly timed sneeze at a funfair, Riley finds himself cursed - everything he does is doomed to be a complete disaster, whether it's wetting himself onstage or losing the school rabbit. Could his cool new friend Brad Chicago be the antidote?

Read more about Life of Riley: Beginner's Luck

Anisha Accidental Detective: School's Cancelled!

Author: Serena Patel Illustrator: Emma McCann

Can Anisha Mistry find out who sabotaged her science experiment and flooded the school with foam when all the potential suspects have alibis?

Read more about Anisha Accidental Detective: School's Cancelled!

The Humans

Author: Jonny Marx Illustrator: Charlie Davis

This highly-illustrated reference book celebrates the incredible achievements of various ancient civilisations, exploring their lifestyles, discoveries and inventions, many of which have influenced modern-day society. 

Read more about The Humans

A Day in the Life of a Poo, a Gnu, and You

Author: Mike Barfield Illustrator: Jess Bradley

A very unusual fact book with laugh-out-loud strip cartoons about everything from eyeballs to Bactrian camels.

Read more about A Day in the Life of a Poo, a Gnu, and You


Author: Robert Winston Illustrator: Jessamy Hawke

This engaging non-fiction book celebrates more than 50 incredible inventors from across the globe and throughout history. 

Read more about Inventors

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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 Blue Peter Book Awards 2021 longlist

Since the year 2000, the prestigious Blue Peter Book Awards have gone to the very best authors, illustrators, and books for children.

We're incredibly excited to share the longlist for 2021! Find out more about the prize and this year's competition here.



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