Humorous titles published by Nosy Crow and Bloomsbury have won prizes at Blue Peter Book Awards 2015, voted for by hundreds of schoolchildren.
Nosy Crow’s The Spy Who Loved School Dinners, written by Pamela Butchart and illustrated by Thomas Flintham, won the best story award, while Bloomsbury’s The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff, by author Andy Seed and illustrator Scott Garrett, got the prize for best book with facts.
Seed said: “To win a Blue Peter Book Award is a proper thrill not just because it revives all those happy childhood memories but because the show today does a truly significant job in raising the profile of books and reading at a timewhen this is needed more than ever.”
Butchart added: “Wow! Is this real-life?! I'm shocked and utterly over-the-moon about winning this fantastic award! It means the world to me that children voted for my book! Thank you.”
Children’s laureate Malorie Blackman will present the winners with their awards tonight (5th March) on Blue Peter.
More than 200 children from 10 schools voted for their favourite books from a shortlist selected by Rastamouse creator Michael de Souza, author Liz Pichon, Bookseller journalist Anna James and Blue Peter editor Ewan Vinnicombe.
The awards are managed by reading charity Booktrust.