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Blue Peter presenter Liz Barker with the shortlisted books

Blue Peter Book Awards 2004 shortlist announced

Blue Peter has announced the shortlist for the programme's fifth annual Book Awards.


Celebrating the magic of books, the shortlist includes a diverse mix of some of most exciting and prestigious names in the world of children's literature.


From tales of Ancient Greece to modern Ethiopia; from a man who goes to work on the moon to a generous-hearted giant; and from a passionate suffragette to a determined mum, the list features a wealth of stirring stories and fascinating facts for young readers everywhere.


As ever a panel of nine young judges, made up of Blue Peter competition winners from all over the UK, will now get down to reading the 15 contenders ahead of meeting later this autumn to decide on the category winners and the overall winner of the title - Blue Peter Book of the Year.


Specially commissioned blue glass awards will be presented to the winners and, from those three books, the Blue Peter Book of the Year will be chosen.


The shortlisted titles are:


The Book I Couldn't Put Down

Fat Boy Swim by Catherine Forde (Egmont)


The Garbage King by Elizabeth Laird (Macmillan)


Montmorency by Eleanor Updale (Scholastic)


Stealing Stacey by Lynne Reid Banks (Collins)


When Mum Threw Out the Telly by E F Smith (Orchard Books)


The Best Book with Facts in it

Brilliant Brits: Shakespeare written and illustrated by Richard Brassey (Orion)


Who is Emily Davison? by Claudia Fitzherbert (Short Books)


I Spy: Shapes in Art by Lucy Micklethwaite (Collins)


Journey into the Arctic by Bryan and Cherry Alexander (OUP)


The Ultimate Book Guide edited by Daniel Hahn (A and C Black)


The Best Illustrated Book to Read Aloud

Atticus the Storyteller's 100 Greek Myths by Lucy Coates, illustrated by Anthony Lewis (Orion)


Man on the Moon written and illustrated by Simon Bartram (Templar)


Quiet! Written by Paul Bright, illustrated by Guy Parker Rees (Little Tiger Press)


The Smartest Giant in Town written by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler (Macmillan)


The Woman Who Won Things written by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Katharine McEwen (Walker Books)


Notes to Editors


The Judging Panel

Elizabeth Attenborough: formerly Publishing Director, Puffin Books, now Children's Book Consultant


Liz Barker: current Blue Peter presenter


Lucy Lethbridge: Journalist, writer and previous winner of a Blue Peter Book Award for Ada Lovelace (Short Books)


Richard Marson: Editor, Blue Peter


Nick Sharratt: Illustrator and previously shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards with Eat Your Peas! (Red Fox)


The Judging Process

The group of adult judges decide on a shortlist from which the Young Judges select their category winners and the overall Blue Peter Book of the Year.


Previous Winners

The Blue Peter Book of the Year was won by Geraldine McCaughrean in 2000 for her retelling of The Pilgrim’s Progress, William Nicholson in 2001 for The Windsinger, Nicky Singer in 2002 for Feather Boy and Philip Reeve in 2003 for Mortal Engines.


General information

Books written and/or illustrated by writers/illustrators resident in the UK and Ireland and published in paperback between June 2003 and May 2004 are eligible.


More than 200 titles were submitted by publishers.





Category: CBBC
Date: 06.10.2004
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