Bloomsbury has two books on the shortlist for this year’s Blue Peter awards - The Epic Book of Epicness by Adam Frost and The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words by Andy Seed and Scott Garrett.
Both books are shortlisted for the ‘best book with facts’ prize along with Factfeed by Penny Arlon (Scholastic).
Blue Peter has also shortlisted three books for the ‘best story’ prize; The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell-Boyce, with illustrations by Steven Lenton (Macmillan Children’s Books), The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair by Lara Williamson (Usborne) and The Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie (Kelpies).
The shortlist for the awards, which are managed by Book Trust, was announced today (3rd December) live on Blue Peter.
This year’s judges were TV presenter Angelica Bell, Blue Peter editor Ewan Vinnicombe, National Literacy Trust manager Jim Sells, and Pamela Butchard, who won the Blue Peter award for best story last year.
Bell described the judging experience as “no mean feat” but said it ignited her passion for reading. “When I was young, I didn't read all that much and felt I had missed out on a fun imaginative part of the growing up process. Reading from a young age allows people to escape and be whoever they want to be and being part of this judging process has allowed me to experience those feelings now. As a mother, I want my children to love books and feel that they can be transported to different worlds and experiences anytime, anywhere.”
The winners of each prize will be chosen by 200 schoolchildren and announced on Blue Peter on World Book Day 2016 by children’s laureate Chris Riddell.