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Winners of the 2019 Blue Peter Awards

The Best Story and The Best Book of Facts were voted for by over 300 children from 12 participating schools around the UK

The winner of the The Best Story is The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Raúf. Orion. ISBN: 978-1510105010

 This is an inspiring and empathetic tale of 4 ordinary classmates who make a massive impact on the life of Ahmet, a boy that comes to their school as a refugee from Syria (he is the boy at the back of the class). They demonstrate the importance of kindness as well instinctive sensitivity, curiosity and bravery. This warm hearted debut will help children think about what it is to be a good person whatever your circumstances and to challenge prejudice and push for fairness, whenever possible.


The winner of the The Best Book with Facts is The Colours of History by Clive Gifford and illustrated by Marc-Etienne Peintre. QED Publishing. ISBN: 978-1784939670

 Who would have thought a book about colour could be so interesting? Using pantone samples, this book teaches us about origins and uses for over 20 different colours to illustrate the history of colour. It’s full of fascinating facts from start to finish. These include everything from how pink was originally considered a masculine colour and not suitable for girls to how "mummy brown" was actually made from real mummies!

Managed by BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, the immensely popular Blue Peter Book Awards have been honouring amazing authors, imaginative illustrators and the best books for children, published in the previous 12 months, since 2000. You can read blogs by shortlisted authors and find out more on the website.

Judges for 2019 were: Louise Pentland,Author, parenting, lifestyle and beauty blogger and vlogger, Alex T Smith, Author-illustrator, Darren Chetty, Teacher, writer and researcher, Ewan Vinnicombe, Editor, Blue Peter

Best story shortlist 2019

The House with Chicken Legs
by Sophie Anderson (Usborne)
ISBN: 978-1474940665
The Clockwork Crow
by Catherine Fisher (Firefly)
ISBN: 978-1910080849[T1]  

Best book with facts shortlist 2019

Professor Astrocat's Human Body Odyssey
by Dr. Dominic Walliman, illustrated by Ben Newman (Flying Eye Books)
The Element in the Room
by Mike Barfield, illustrated by Lauren Humphrey (Laurence King)
ISBN: 978-1786271778

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