The Blue Peter Book Awards 2019


The Blue Peter Book Awards 2019 have just released their shortlist and what a fantastic one it is! The award celebrates children’s books published in the last year in two categories - the best story and the best book with facts.


2019s shortlist for best story sees my personal favourite The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson, a magical adaptation of a Prussian fairytale about a girl whose grandmother Baba Yaga guides spirits between this world and the next. You can check out my review on The House with Chicken Legs here! Catherine Fisher’s gothic Victorian Christmas tale, The Clockwork Crow, and Rauf’s The Boy at the Back of the Class, which highlights the refugee crisis from a child’s perspective have also been shortlisted.

The best books with facts include The Element in the Room: Investigating the Atomic Ingredients that Make Up Your Home, The Colours of History: How Colours Shaped the World, a beautiful exploration of the stories behind different colours and roles they have played throughout history, and the very popular Professor Astro Cat’s third installation, Human Body Odyssey.

The winning titles, voted for by over 300 children from 12 schools across the UK will be revealed live on Blue Peter on World Book Day on Thursday 7th March 2019.

A big congrats to all the authors who have made the shortlist!


To shop the shortlist from Amazon just click the links below.


The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

The Element in the Room by Mike Barfield

The Colours of History by Clive Gifford

Human Body Odyseey (Professor Astro Cat) by Dominic Walliman


Last year's winners saw The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell bagging the the best story for 2017, and Susan Martineau 's Real-Life Mysteries: Can You Explain the Unexplained? winning the best book with facts 2017.


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