The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Raúf (Hachette Children's Group) and The Colours of History by Clive Gifford, illustrated by Marc-Etienne Peintre (QED Publishing), are the winners of this year’s Blue Peter Book Awards.
Raúf won the best story prize with her novel, which is about how four classmates have an impact on the life of Ahmet, a boy who is a refugee from Syria, while The Colours of History, about how colour has shaped the world, won the award for the best book with facts.
The winning titles were voted for by over 300 children from 12 schools across the UK.
Blue Peter editor Matthew Peacock said: “We’ve had a fantastically strong selection of titles for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019 and it’s great to see children from across the UK voting to decide the outcome. Congratulations go to Best Story Book winner Onjali Q. Rauf for The Boy at the Back of the Class which is such an informative and poignant tale about a subject that is very important to many children today. I’m also incredibly pleased we are able to present Clive Gifford with the award for Best Book with Facts. The Colours of History is such an original take on a history book, linking colours to amazing facts.”
The Blue Peter Book Awards are managed by BookTrust and the winners will appear on a World Book Day edition of Blue Peter today (7th March).