The Blue Peter Book Awards, in association with The Book Trust, celebrate children's books and recognise the best authors and illustrators. Started in 2000, the Awards are given to the best fiction (best story) and best non-fiction books (book with facts). The six shortlisted books for 2017 are:
- Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford, the award winning debut novel (find it in the Discovery Library)
- Podkin One Ear by Adam Murphy, illustrated by David Wyatt, an epic story
- Lost Tales by Lisa Murphy, a collection of forgotten folk stores, by Lara Williamson
Best book with facts:
- Survivors by David Long, an anthology of true stories illustrated by Kerry Hyndman.
- Destination Space by Dr Christoph Englert, facts about space illustrated by Tom Clohosy Cole
- Football School: Where Football Rules the World by Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, illustrated by Spike Gerrell