Thursday, March 14, 2013


Hundreds of children from schools across the country have chosen

Tom Gates: Genius Ideas, Mostly by Liz Pichon as the winner of the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Story and Horrible Science: House of Horrors by Nick Arnold and Tony De Saulles as the winner of the Best Book with Facts. The winners will be announced live this evening (Thursday 7th March 5.45pm, CBBC) and receive their trophies on a special World Book Day edition of the programme which will be broadcast live.

The win for Liz Pichon’s Tom Gates series is another in a string of accolades for the author. In just two years since the first Tom Gates book was published, Pichon has been awarded the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Red House Book Award and Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize as well as being one of the featured World Book Day authors. The series has sold over 100,000 copies and has been translated into over 20 languages. Winning the Blue Peter Book Award marks Liz as a major rising star in the children’s book world.
Horrible Science: House of Horrors

helps young readers to discover gruesome facts about the hidden aspects of everyday living with cartoon illustrated fact-filled pages. There are over five million Horrible Science books in print, with author Nick Arnold working on the titles for more than 15 years with Scholastic. House of Horrors won out over Michael Rosen’s Fantastic Mr Dahl and Walter Tull’s Scrapbook by Michaela Morgan.

The shortlist was selected by a panel of judges including
How to Be a Woman author Caitlin Moran, How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell, librarian extraordinaire Jake Hope and Blue Peter editor Tim Levell. Over 300 young Blue Peter viewers from a selection of schools across the UK and Ireland then went on to vote for their favourites to determine the overall winners. Both of the winning books are published by Scholastic.

Liz Pichon comments on her Blue Peter Best Story of the Year 2013 win
: "Just being on such an amazing shortlist was fantastic enough – but winning is absolutely AMAZING! A HUGE thank you to everyone involved: the judges, Blue Peter and to all the children who took part and voted for Tom Gates."

Author Nick Arnold comments on his Blue Peter Best Book with Facts of the Year 2013 win:
"Winning this award is better than winning the lottery since I know that The House of Horrors has been judged against the very best children's books. This is an award for entire Horrible Science team and I thank them all. Right now I feel so out of this world I am in danger of ending up on another planet!"

Illustrator Tony De Saulles:
"Nick and I are absolutely thrilled to have won the Blue Peter Best Book with Facts prize for

Horrible Science House of Horrors. We have been making Horrible Science books for seventeen years and it's brilliant to know that children still love them."

Blue Peter Editor Tim Levell comments on the winners:
"The Blue Peter Book Awards are one of the few awards chosen by children themselves, and what comes through is how child friendly the books they’ve chosen are. Our aim with the awards is to get more children reading and the winning books look so exciting and vibrant, children are guaranteed to pick up them up unprompted and that’s got to be a great result for everyone."

The shortlist for the Blue Peter Book Award was as follows:
Best Story

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)

Best Book with Facts

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)

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