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Blue Peter Book Awards shortlist

6 December 2011

Blue Peter Book Awards shortlistCountdown to the Olympics 2012, learn about the extremes of the planet, read about time travel and investigate howls in the night in this year's Blue Peter Book Award shortlist....

The shortlist was announced on the Blue Peter show yesterday evening by children's author Cressida Cowell whose book How to Train Your Dragon was recently made into an animated movie.

The Blue Peter Book Awards 2012 shortlist is:

Discover the Extreme World by Camilla de la Bedoyere, Clive Gifford, John Farndon, Steve Parker, Stewart Ross and Philip Steele

The Official Countdown to the London 2012 Games by Simon Hart (Carlton Books)

The Considine Curse by Gareth P. Jones (Bloomsbury)

A Year without Autumn by Liz Kessler (Orion Children's Books)

This year's judges include the author of the series My Secret Unicorn and Stardust, Linda Chapman, librarian Rebecca Gediking and Blue Peter Editor Tim Levell.

Judge and author Linda Chapman said: "I'm delighted with the shortlist! I think there's a great mix of books that will appeal to a wide range of readers - from those who love a good story to those who are hooked on facts.

"The important thing I think all four books have in common is that readers will be excited by them, want to re-read them and share them with their friends."

The shortlisted books will now be judged by more than 200 young Blue Peter viewers drawn from 10 schools across the UK to decide the winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2012.

This year for the first time, the winner will be announced and awarded a Blue Peter trophy on a special edition of Blue Peter dedicated to children's books on Thursday 1 March 2012, to coincide with World Book Day.

Tim Levell, Editor of Blue Peter and Chair of Judges, said, "We are proud that the Blue Peter Book of the Year is one of the few book prizes actually chosen by children for children."