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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
Real life tales of extraordinary children and a fantastical world of captivating inventiveness took the top spots in 2020, with Rise Up and Wildspark voted for by over 500 children.
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.
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.
- We were delighted this week when A Kind of Spark and A Day in the Life of a Poo, a Gnu and You won at the Blue Peter Book Awards! We love these brilliant books, voted for by children - if you haven't checked them out yet, don't miss out! https://t.co/VJOoKTxr3Z #BPBA https://t.co/Vu6ZrNDVRS 38 days ago
- Did you hear the AMAZING news? 🙌 We're sending heaps of congratulations to Elle McNicoll, Mike Barfield and Jess Bradley for winning this year's #BluePeterBookAwards - the champions are chosen by children, so you KNOW they're good: https://t.co/VJOoKTxr3Z #BPBA https://t.co/kFvpJtKKfx 39 days ago
Waterstones Children's Laureate: Cressida Cowell
Author-illustrator Cressida Cowell is the Waterstones Children's Laureate for 2019-22.
The role of Children's Laureate is awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children's books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field. Find out what Cressida's been up to.