Blue Peter Book Awards 2017

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.

The judging panel was made up of children's author/illustrator and former Writer in Residence Sarah McIntyre, radio presenter Nihal Arthanayake and Waterstone's Children's Book Buyer Florentyna Martin. 

Although the judges chose the shortlist, the winning titles were selected by over 400 children from 12 schools across the UK. They read the shortlisted books and voted for their favourite in each category...

Authors received their awards on the Blue Peter Book Awards World Book Day special on 2 March 2017 on CBBC.

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Blue Peter Book Awards 2017 - Best Story

Winner: Podkin One-Ear

By Kieran Larwood, illustrated by David Wyatt (Faber & Faber)

Podkin One Ear

The Blue Peter Book Award 2017 winner was Podkin One-Ear. In this rabbit adventure tale, a mysterious storyteller rolls in from the snow one night and enchants a warren of young rabbits with the tale of Podkin One Ear.

Parents desperate to share Tolkien with their children will enjoy the first instalment of what promises to be a rather epic rabbit saga.

After winning, author Kieran Larwood said, 'I am hugely excited to have won the Blue Peter Book Award.  It is such an honour, especially as I grew up watching Blue Peter, and the fact that it was voted for by children makes it all the more amazing.'

Find out more about Podkin One-Ear

Shortlisted books

Lost Tales

Author: Adam & Lisa Murphy

Corpse Talk author Adam Murphy and colourist/co-creator Lisa Murphy have been delving into all four corners of the earth to bring you a collection of fascinating myths and legends from all over the world.

Read more about Lost Tales

Time Travelling with a Hamster

Author: Ross Welford

When 12-year-old Al Chaudry learns there is a time machine sitting in the garage, he has to go and get it - then he can travel back in time and save his father's life. The reader roots for Al all the way, in this fantastic, funny and original adventure story.

Read more about Time Travelling with a Hamster

Blue Peter Book Awards 2017 - Best Book with Facts

Winner: Survivors

By David Long, illustrated by Kerry Hyndman (Faber & Faber)


The Blue Peter Book Award 2017 Best Book with Facts winner was Survivors. This collection of astonishing stories includes a teenage girl who fell from the sky in Peru as the only survivor of a plane crash and Aron Ralston, who cut off his own arm after being trapped by a fallen boulder in a canyon in Colorado USA (inspiring the movie 127 Hours).

This anthology aims to inspire and help children understand how far self-belief and guts took these adventurers, and to wonder how far these qualities could take them, too.

After winning the Blue Peter Book Award, David Long said, 'I'm overjoyed at the news that Survivors has won this award. I grew up watching Blue Peter with my brother and sister. My sons never missed an episode, and now I'm going to visit the studio and meet the team. It's fantastic news.'

Find out more about Survivors

Shortlisted books

Destination: Space

Author: Dr Christopher Englert Illustrator: Tom Clohosy Cole

Are you ready to go on the most exciting adventure in the universe?

Read more about Destination: Space

Football School: Where Football Explains the World

Author: Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton Illustrator: Spike Gerrell

This book is packed with true stories, real science and fascinating facts that all relate back to football. Funny, informative, and hugely entertaining, it is recommend for fans of non-fiction books.

Read more about Football School: Where Football Explains the World


The winners for the Blue Peter Book Awards were picked by over 400 children in 12 schools across the UK, while the shortlist was selected by a panel of expert judges.

Ewan VinnicombeEwan Vinnicombe
Editor, Blue Peter

Ewan Vinnicombe has been Blue Peter Editor since January 2013. Ewan is also the Head of Presentation for CBeebies and CBBC, being responsible for all continuity and Red Button interactive content on the BBC Children's channels.

In his 17 years working at the BBC he’s worked on a number of Children's productions, including Blue Peter, Record Breakers, The Saturday Show, Live & Kicking and CBeebies Presentation.

Florentyna MartinFlorentyna Martin
Children's Book Buyer for Waterstones

Florentyna Martin started her bookselling career six years ago in her hometown of Petersfield. She is now based in London as the Children's Book Buyer for Waterstones, where she looks after book ranges for ages 0-12 and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.

A bookworm through-and-through, Florentyna has always enjoyed reading and recommending great books across children's and adult publishing, from picture books and fiction, to activities and reference.


Nihal is the host of BBC Radio 5 Live's Afternoon Edition and can also be heard on the BBC Asian Network. He recently hosted the BBC Radio 2 Arts Show.

Nihal spent over a decade on BBC Radio 1, where he fronted a variety of shows for the network. He has been a music journalist, having written for AsianaEastern EyeThe FaceMixmagHip Hop Connection and The Observer

Nihal sits on the board of London's Southbank Centre, and was a cultural ambassador for the successful London 2012 Olympic Bid. 

Sarah McIntyreSarah McIntyre
BookTrust Writer-Illustrator in Residence

Illustrator and writer Sarah McIntyre is easy to spot in her pointy glasses and hats. She makes books with pictures in an old police station - complete with jail cells!

Her books include the comic Vern and Lettuce, four books with Philip Reeve, including Pugs of the Frozen North and Jinks & O'Hare Funfair Repair, and her picture books include There's a Shark in the Bath and Dinosaur Police.

Visit Sarah's website and blog: and follow her on Twitter: @jabberworks

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