December award winners and shortlists

Educational Writers’ Award Winner 2015


Lucy Letherland and Rachel William’s big format book, Atlas of Adventures (Wide Eyed) has won the Educational Writers’ Award 2015.

This year’s judges –school librarian Caroline Gosden; headteacher Michael Schumm and author Cath Senker – were unanimous in their praise for Atlas of Adventures, describing it as: ‘This is a beautifully designed, durable and hugely informative book, packed full of vibrant colour, and fascinating information and activities from countries around the world. Offering an experience not found on the internet, its roller coaster ride of a journey will encourage children across the primary school age groups to find out more about the world we live in.’

The award is the UK’s only award for educational writing and is designed to celebrate writing which inspires creativity and encourages students to read widely. The 2015 award was aimed at books for ages 5-11 whilst the 2016 award will focus on books for ages 11-18.



Blue Peter Award 2016 Shortlist

The shortlist for this children’s favourite award has been announced and includes stories with themes ranging from magic and fantasy to difference, bullying and death and bereavement. The non-fiction titles include a new book about words from last year’s winner, a trivia book in the style of BuzzFeed, and a book with what has to be the winning title!

The Astounding Broccoli BoyThe Boy Who Sailed the WorldThe Nowhere Emporium

Best Story

In the competition for the best story are:

The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Pan Macmillan)

The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair by Lara Williamson (Usborne)

The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie (Kelpies)


The Epic Book of EpicnessFactfeedThe Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words

Best Book with Facts

The non-fiction titles up for the prize are:

The Epic Book of Epicness by Adam Frost (Bloomsbury)

FactFeed by Penny Arlon (Scholastic)

The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words by Andy Seed and illustrated by Scott Garrett (Bloomsbury)


Over 200 children from 10 schools will now pick the winners to be announced on World Book Day on 3rd March 2016.

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