Blue Peter Book Awards 2019

Winner: Best Fiction

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

The Boy at the Back of the Class is an inspirational story about a Syrian refugee called Ahmet. At its heart, it's a tale about compassion, acceptance and understanding. A great debut from Onjali Q Raúf.

Winner: Best Factual

The Colours of History by Clive Gifford and Marc-Etienne Peintre

Why did Roman emperors wear purple? What green pigment might be used to build super-fast computers of the future? The Colours of History is a vibrant exploration of different colours and the roles they've played throughout time. 

Meet the Judges!

The BP Book Awards shortlist is chosen from TWENTY books, ten story books and ten factual books. So we get some book-loving experts to help us chose three finalists from each category. So who are they? Watch these bios and learn all about the Book Awards judges and which books they loved growing up.

Alex T. Smith

Alex T. Smith is a legendary author and illustrator, who's won awards for his books and illustrations. Also, his 'Claude' series has been made into an animated TV show. 

Louise Pentland

Louise Pentland is a vlogging sensation! She has millions of followers on her online channel AND she's written books as well! Wowza. 

Darren Chetty

Darren Chetty has taught in schools for over twenty years and is passionate about books and the role they play in young people's lives. 

Ewan Vinnicombe

Ewan Vinnicombe has the best job in the world, not only is he the big boss of Blue Peter but also gets to help judge the Book Awards every year!

What do you think of the shortlist?

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