13th December 2017
Blue Peter teamed up with BookTrust to present The Blue Peter Book Awards as a way to honour children's books and help reach as many children as possible.
The 2018 shortlist for the two categories, the Best Story and the Best Book with Facts, has been announced and can be found below.
The shortlist was picked by the following Judges:
- Ewan Vinnicombe, the Editor of Blue Peter
- Laura Dockrill, a performance poet, author/illustrator and short story writer
- Greg James and Chris Smith, Radio and TV broadcasters
- Amy McKay, School librarian
Hundreds of children in schools all around the UK play a vital part in picking the winners for each category.
The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
2018 Best Story Winner: This is the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who have been taught since birth to hate each other like poison; and the thrilling tale of what happens when their two worlds collide.Perfect for boys and girls who love fantasy adventure...
Hachette Children's Group
The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Amihan lives on Culion Island, where some of the inhabitants - including her mother - have leprosy. Ami loves her home - with its blue seas and lush forests, Culion is all she has ever known. But the arrival of malicious government official Mr Zamora changes her world forever: islanders untouched by sickness are forced to leave.
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Real-Life Mysteries: Can You Explain the Unexplained? by Susan Martineau
2018 Best Book with Facts Winner: An ideal book for anyone who’s been intrigued by stories about sightings of Bigfoot, UFOs, crop circles, ghosts etc. A chance to examine the evidence and maybe solve a mystery.
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Beyond the Sky: You and the Universe by Dara Ó’Briain
So you want to go into space? WHY?! (No, really-it's sort of a TERRIBLE idea. We humans are perfectly designed for life on Earth. We can walk around, breathe, drink water, eat vegetables, read books, NOT get poisoned or crushed to death when we go outside-it's lovely right where we are.) Not convinced? GOOD! People have been dreaming about space travel for centuries-there's something amazing about the idea of leaving our planet behind and setting out to explore the UNIVERSE-there's so much we still don't know.
Corpse Talk : Ground-Breaking Scientists by Adam Murphy & Lisa Murphy
Reading Corpse Talk: Ground-Breaking Scientists is like having history injected into your brain! It guarantees laughs, surprises, and a whole host of the most astonishing achievements you'll ever discover.
David Fickling Books