Faber wins double Blue Peter Awards

Faber wins double Blue Peter Awards

Faber has won the double at the Blue Peter Book Awards, triumphing in both categories.

Podkin One Ear, a rabbit adventure tale written by Kieran Larwood and illustrated by David Wyatt, has been honoured with the “best story” award.

Meanwhile David Long’s Survivors, an anthology of incredible true stories, illustrated by Kerry Hyndman, has been awarded the “best book with facts” prize. Both are published by Faber.

Larwood (pictured below) beat off competition from Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford (HarperCollins Children’s) and Lost Tales by Adam Murphy and Lisa Murphy (David Fickling Books) to claim the prize.

His book tells the story of a young rabbit, Podkin, whose flees his warren with his siblings after the brutal murder of their father, the warrior chieftain. Running for their lives, the three rabbits embark on a terrifying journey to escape the Gorm and save their mother.

Long (pictured below) meanwhile triumphed over other competitors in his category Destination Space by Dr Christoph Englert and Tom Clohosy Cole (Wide Eyed Editions) and Football School: Where Football Rules the World by Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, illustrated by Spike Gerrell (Walker Books).

His title Survivors recounts shocking yet inspiring stories of the fight for survival – including classic tales of Shackleton’s expedition to the Antarctic, to the adventurer who inspired the film 127 Hours.

The winners were chosen by over 400 children from 12 schools across the UK, after the shortlist was picked by judges Sarah McIntyre, children’s author/illustrator and BookTrust’s Writer in Residence, radio presenter Nihal Arthanayake and Waterstone’s children’s book buyer Florentyna Martin.

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.”

Long said he was “overjoyed” not least because he too grew up watching Blue Peter. “My sons never missed an episode, and now I’m going to visit the studio and meet the team. It’s fantastic news,” he said.

Ewan Vinnicombe, editor of Blue Peter said the children had chosen two “exceptional” winners and that the 17-year old Blue Peter Book Awards had grown to become a “highly respected accolade in the world of literature; inspiring and encouraging children to become lifelong readers”.