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12.10.12 | Katie Allen
How to Be A Woman author Caitlin Moran is to join the judging panel for the 2013 Blue Peter Book Awards.
Moran joins children's author Cressida Cowell, librarian Jake Hope and "Blue Peter" editor Tim Levell, who will chair.
Moran said: "As someone raised on books, and now a mother of two, I know there is no more amazing world to share with your kids than being able to climb into a book together and talk about it forever, like a cross between gossip, news and Christmas. Being able to judge this prize is a total honour.
"Plus, they said I could have a Blue Peter badge. There's a childhood dream fulfilled, right there."
Submitted books – which are for six-12-year-olds – are judged in two categories: Best Story and Best Book with Facts. Both categories will have a shortlist of three, selected by the adult panel of judges, with an overall winner being chosen by "Blue Peter" viewers.
The shortlists will be announced on "Blue Peter" on 10th January. The winners will receive their trophies live on "Blue Peter" on World Book Day, 7th March.
Levell said: "The variety and brilliance of the children’s books that I am lucky enough to read as a judge every year always astounds me. I sometimes wish that I was 10 again so that I could benefit from the richness of children’s literature out there in 2012."