Podkin One Ear and Survivors have been chosen as this year’s Blue Peter Book Awards winners. The awards, managed by BookTrust, the largest children’s reading charity in Britain, are now in their 17th year and celebrate the best new children’s books from the last 12 months.
Stealing the top spot for Best Story is a rabbit adventure tale Podkin One Ear, written by Kieran Larwood and illustrated by David Wyatt. Whilst David Long’s Survivors, an anthology of incredible true stories illustrated by Kerry Hyndman has been awarded the Best Book with Facts prize.
This year’s judging panel, who selected the shortlist, was made up of children’s author/illustrator and BookTrust’s Writer in Residence Sarah McIntyre, radio presenter Nihal Arthanayake and Waterstone’s Children’s Book Buyer Florentyna Martin. The winning titles were chosen by over 400 children from 12 schools across the UK who read the shortlisted books and voted for their favourite in each category. Authors will receive their awards on the Blue Peter Book Awards World Book Day special on 2nd March on CBBC.
Teacher Sarah Newman from Porth Y Felin school in Conwy, Wales, one of the 12 judging schools said:
“It’s been a pleasure to see the children walking the corridors with their books in their hands, especially the boys. Pupils say being Blue Peter Book Awards judges has given them a purpose to their reading, and opened their eyes to books they might not otherwise have chosen. It’s a long time since I’ve seen so many students so excited about reading, and they’ve said they feel honoured to have been chosen to be part of it all.”
Podkin One Ear is the first in the adventure series of a young rabbit, Podkin, whose flees his warren with his siblings after the brutal murder of their father, the warrior chieftain. Running for their lives, the three rabbits embark on a terrifying journey to escape the Gorm and save their mother.
Kieran Larwood, author of Podkin One Ear said:
“I am hugely excited to have won the Blue Peter Book Award. It is such an honour, especially as I grew up watching Blue Peter, and the fact that it was voted for by children makes it all the more amazing.”
Survivors recounts shocking yet inspiring stories of the fight for survival – including classic tales of Shackleton’s expedition to the Antarctic, to the adventurer who inspired the film 127 Hours.
The Blue Peter Book Awards, managed by BookTrust, the largest reading charity in Britain, are now in their 17th year and celebrate the best new children’s books from the last 12 months.