Blue Peter Book Awards archive: 2021

A debut novel that busts the stereotypes around autism and a quirky fact book with laugh-out-loud cartoons won over hundreds of children in 2021, as A Kind of Spark and A Day in the Life of a Poo, a Gnu, and You took the top prizes. 

The winning titles were selected by hundreds of children from 12 schools across the UK, after reading their way through a shortlist of three books in each category. 

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Best Story: A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

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Best Book with Facts: A Day in the Life of a Poo, a Gnu, and You written by Mike Barfield and illustrated by Jess Bradley

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Blue Peter Book Awards 2021: Best Story

Shortlisted books

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.

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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?

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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?

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Blue Peter Book Awards 2021: Best Book with Facts

Shortlisted books

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.

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Inventors

Author: Robert Winston Illustrator: Jessamy Hawke

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

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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. 

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