The shortlist for the Blue Peter Book Award 2013 has been announced.
There are two categories, with three books shortlisted in each. The judges are journalist Caitlin Moran; author Cressida Cowell; librarian Jake Hope; and Blue Peter Editor Tim Levell.
The shortlists are:
The Boy who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (Walker Books)
Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes (Walker Books)
Tom Gates – Genius Ideas (Mostly) by Liz Pichon (Scholastic)
Best Book with Facts
Horrible Science: House of Horrors by Nick Arnold and Tony De Saulles (Scholastic)
Walter Tull’s Scrapbook by Michaela Morgan (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)
Fantastic Mr Dahl by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Quentin Blake (Puffin Books)
The shortlisted books will be judged by more than 200 young Blue Peter viewers drawn from 10 schools across the UK. The winners will be announced and awarded a Blue Peter trophy on a special edition of Blue Peter dedicated to children’s books on Thursday 7 March 2013, to coincide with World Book Day.
Winner of the Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation 2013
Howard Curtis has won the 2013 Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation for In the Sea there are Crocodiles written by Fabio Geda and published in the UK by David Fickling Books.
In the Sea there are Crocodiles is that harrowing story of a young boy travelling from his home in Afghanistan to Italy, in search of safety.
The 2013 shortlist featured five books, six translators, and five languages, proof of the high quality and diversity of translated fiction for young readers. The complete shortlist was:
Howard Curtis for In the Sea there are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda, translated from Italian, David Fickling Books.
Fatima Sharafeddini for My Own Special Way by Mithaa Alkhayyat (retold by Vivian French), translated from Arabic, Orion Children’s Books.
Ros and Chloe Schwastz for The Little Prince by Antoine de St-Exupery, translated from French and published by The Collector’s Library.
Lucia Graves for The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafron, translated from Spanish and published by Orion Children’s Books.
Karin Chubb for Themba by Lutz van Dijk, translated from German by Aurora Metro Books.