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Blue Peter Book Awards 2005

The winners of the Blue Peter Book Awards 2005 were announced on Blue Peter yesterday, 18th November.

The nine Blue Peter Young Judges met on board the London Eye. In wide-ranging discussions which lasted all day – and many revolutions of the London Eye – they deliberated the merits and shortcomings of the shortlist of twelve books. They all agreed that selecting winners from such a strong shortlist was a challenging task, but by the end of the day, as the light faded from the skies above the London Eye, these were their chosen winners:

The Book I Couldn't Put Down

  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (Collins Children’s Books)

The Best Book with Facts

  • Explorers Wanted! At the North Pole by Simon Chapman (Egmont Books)

The Best Illustrated Book to Read Aloud

  • The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Macmillan Children’s Books)

And the overall winner of The Blue Peter Book of the Year 2005:

  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (Collins Children’s Books)

The complete shortlist was selected by Simon Bartram (writer and illustrator and winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2004 (Man on the Moon)), Eleanor Updale (writer and winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2004 (Montmorency)), Richard Marson (Editor of Blue Peter), Liz Barker and Gethin Jones (Blue Peter presenters):

The Book I Couldn't Put Down

  • Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Silverfin by Charlie Higson (Puffin)
  • Thora by Gillian Johnson (Hodder Children’s Books)
  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (Collins Children’s Books)

The Best Book with Facts

  • Explorers Wanted! At the North Pole by Simon Chapman (Egmont Books)
  • What’s My Family Tree? by Mick Manning and Brita Granström (Watts Publishing)
  • Art Fraud Detective by Anna Nilsen and Andy Parker (Kingfisher Books)
  • Rome in Spectacular Cross-Section by Andrew Solway and Stephen Biesty (Oxford University Press)

The Best Illustrated Book to Read Aloud

  • Biscuit Bear by Mini Grey (Red Fox Children’s Books)
  • Aristotle by Dick King-Smith and Bob Graham (Walker Books)
  • Rapunzel: A Groovy Fairy Tale by Lynn Roberts and David Roberts (Chrysalis Children’s Books)
  • The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Macmillan Children’s Books)

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