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.

Discover the two winning books in 2022

We are very excited to share the winners of the 2022 Blue Peter Book Awards! The two winners – Best Story and Best Book with Facts – were voted for by hundreds of schoolchildren across the country and announced on 4 March 2022.

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Best Story: The Last Bear

The Last Bear by Hannah Gold and illustrated by Levi Pinfold is a moving tale that mixes the adventure of life in the Arctic Circle with danger, excitement, a touching exploration of April's relationship with her father, and a thought-provoking exploration of the climate emergency.

'When I found out I had won, I burst into tears and couldn't speak. Like many children, I grew up on a diet of Blue Peter, following the show’s adventures and falling in love with all the pets. This feels particularly apt, because whilst The Last Bear touches upon serious themes, at its core, it is a story about the love between a child and an animal.' Hannah Gold
'To me, good stories are the ultimate enjoyment. It doesn’t matter what kind of person you are; you can guarantee someone has written a story which will grab you and not let go.' Levi Pinfold

Learn about the incredible beasts that inspired Hannah Gold's book

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Best Book with Facts: Invented by Animals

Invented by Animals by Christiane Dorian, illustrated by Gosia Herba, is a fun and informative non-fiction book that explores how animal anatomy, behaviour and skills have influenced the development of a range of human inventions.

'I am thrilled to win the Blue Peter Book Award amongst so many fantastic books. The fact that it is judged by children makes it even more special, as they are the best critics.' Christiane Dorian
'I love creating books for children, so it's my greatest joy to be appreciated by the readers... We can do incredible things using nothing but our imagination and reading can be a great adventure.' Gosia Herba

Read some jaw-dropping animal facts that everyone should know

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Explore all the books on the longlist for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2022

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

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