Blue Peter Book Awards 2020

The Nominees: Best Book with Facts

Fanatical about frogs by Owen Davey

With over 7,000 species of frog, there's plenty to discover about these watery wonders in this book!

To read an extract of the book click here.

How to be an astronaut by Dr Sheila Kanani & Sol Linero

Do you have what it takes to become an astronaut, a spaceship engineer or to work at Mission Control? This book will inspire any girl or boy with an interest in science and space exploration.

To read an extract of the book click here

Rise up by Amanda Li

This book tells the stories of girls and boys from around the world and the challenges they have faced and overcome. Stories include Greta Thunberg, Boyan Slat and Phiona Mutesi, to name a few.

To read an extract of the book click here

The Nominees: Best Story

Owen and the Soldier by Lisa Thompson

When Owen discovers a battered old war memorial in the local park, he finds great comfort in confessing his worries to the memorialโ€™s war wearied soldier. If he could just show everyone how important the memorial is, maybe this time Owen wonโ€™t be left to cope on his own.

To read an extract of the book click here.

Vote for Effie by Laura Wood

Join Effie Kostas as she fights to become Student Council President in her new school. A hilarious rallying call for switched-on kids everywhere.

To read an extract of the book click here.

Wildspark by Vashti Hardy

Prue is a young farm girl whose older brother, Francis, had a natural talent for engineering. But after his untimely death, the family have been shattered by grief. Everything changes when a stranger arrives at the farm....

To read an extract of the book click here.

Meet the Judges

The BP Book Awards starts with a longlist of TWENTY books, ten story books and ten factual books, chosen with help from the BookTrust.

These book-loving experts have to read ALL TWENTY books and work together to chose three finalists from each category. So who are they? Watch this video to learn all about the Book Awards judges and what they think about judging the Blue Peter Book Awards.

Jean Menzies

Vlogging superstar Jean Menzies has a vlog and a podcast dedicated to all things books! She is currently writing a children's book on Greek mythology.

Joseph Coelho

Joseph Coelho is a poet and childrenโ€™s author. His debut poetry collection Werewolf Club Rules was the winner of a prestigious poetry award.

Meryl Fernandes

Meryl Fernandes is the new presenter on CBBC's The Dengineers. Best known for playing Afia in Eastenders, she has also performed at The National Theatre in critically acclaimed plays.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners of the 2020 Book Awards will be announced on World Book Day in March 2020! 

In the meantime, if you love reading why not check out CBBC Book Club?

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