Blue Peter Book Awards 2004 shortlist
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
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
Who is Emily Davison? by Claudia Fitzherbert (Short
I Spy: Shapes in Art by Lucy Micklethwaite (Collins)
Journey into the Arctic by Bryan and Cherry Alexander
The Ultimate Book Guide edited by Daniel Hahn (A and
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
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.
The Blue Peter Book of the Year was won by Geraldine McCaughrean in
2000 for her retelling of The Pilgrims Progress, William Nicholson
in 2001 for The Windsinger, Nicky Singer in 2002 for Feather Boy and
Philip Reeve in 2003 for Mortal Engines.
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.