Earlier this year, the brilliant, hilarious Pamela Butchart won the Blue Peter Book Award, for (the equally brilliant, equally hilarious) The Spy Who Loved School Dinners. And we are absolutely thrilled that Pamela will be judging the 2016 Awards!
Joining Pamela on the judging panel will be television and radio presenter Angellica Bell, National Literacy Trust’s programme manager Jim Sells and Blue Peter editor Ewan Vinnicombe.
The Blue Peter Book Awards, which are managed by Book Trust, celebrate the best authors, the most creative illustrators and the greatest reads for children.
Pamela said: ‘I’m thrilled to have been asked to judge this year’s Blue Peter Book Awards. It really is an awesome honour – thank you. It was a dream come true to win the award in 2015 (I rarely take my badge off!) I can’t wait to help find this year’s winning books.
‘As a teacher, author and lover of children’s books I’ll be on the lookout for fantastic books that encourage reading for pleasure.’
The Blue Peter Awards 2016 will celebrate children’s books published in the last year in two categories: Best Story and Best Book with Facts. There will be three shortlisted books for each award chosen by the panel of judges and announced on Blue Peter on 3 December 2015. At least 200 children from ten schools across the UK will then read the shortlisted books and vote for their favourites in each category. The two winning books will be announced on the Blue Peter programme scheduled for World Book Day on 3 March 2016.
The Spy Who Loved School Dinners is the second brilliantly bonkers book from Pamela – the incredible follow-up to Baby Aliens Got My Teacher! It’s PERFECT for 6-9 year olds who love funny books. Izzy is really pleased to have been put in charge of the new girl at school. Matilde is French, and Izzy and her friends can’t wait to show her their den and its moth, and to help her avoid school dinners (also known as poison). But Matilde LOVES school dinners and even has seconds! And that’s when they know. Matilde is a spy and she has come to find out their secrets. They must stop her before it’s TOO LATE!!!
Here’s a look inside the book:
Congratulations on this fantastic honour, Pamela – and good luck judging!