Quentin Blake - Knighted in the New Year's Honours list - has another reason to celebrate after being shortlisted for a Blue Peter Book Award for his work on Michael Rosen's biography of Roald Dahl.
Columnist and author Caitlin Moran is among the judges who have selected the six books for the shortlist – announced today – of this year's Blue Peter Book Awards. The six books, which will now go to a children's vote to decide the overall winners, include a novel about a boy called Stan and his close encounters with fish; a biography of Roald Dahl by a former Children’s Laureate; Shirley Hughes’ first novel – a tale of daring set in Italy during World War II; a handbook for the grim and gruesome science of everyday life; the latest installment of inspiration (mostly) from Tom Gates; and a true-life account of the British Army’s first black officer, who also happened to be a brilliant footballer.
- The Boy who Swam With Piranhas by David Almond, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (Walker Books)
- Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes ( Walker Books)
- Tom Gates – Genius Ideas (Mostly) by Liz Pichon (Scholastic)
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- Horrible Science: House of Horrors by Nick Arnold & Tony De Saulles (Scholastic)
- Walter Tull’s Scrapbook by Michaela Morgan (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)
- Fantastic Mr Dahl by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Quentin Blake (Puffin)
These enormously popular and influential awards have been unearthing and celebrating the best children’s authors, the most fascinating fact books and the greatest reads for children since 2000.