Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 Shortlist

The Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 Shortlist has been announced.  The Blue Peter Book Awards are given in two categories: Best Story and Best Book with Facts.  Eligible books have been published in the last year.  Winners are chosen by a children’s vote and will be announced on Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Best Story Nominees

 Hero on a Bicycle 

The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes

Tom Gates – Genius Ideas (Mostly) by Liz Pichon


Best Book with Facts Nominees

House of Horrors (Horrible Science) Walter Tull's Scrapbook. by Michaela Morgan Fantastic Mr. Dahl

Horrible Science: House of Horrors by Nick Arnold and Tony De Saulles

Walter Tull’s Scrapbook by Michaela Morgan

Fantastic Mr. Dahl by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Quentin Blake

This Week’s Tweets and Pins

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter and Pinterest accounts this week that you might find interesting:


100 Chapter Books You MUST Read to Your Children!! | Chasing Supermom

ALA 2013 Youth Media Awards will be announced on January 28th at 8 am PST! Yippee!

BBC Enlists Famous Children’s Authors To Pen Doctor Who | The Mary Sue

CJ Daugherty’s top 10 secret society books | Children’s books –

Interview with children’s book author Ame Dyckman about BOY + BOT, picture books & writing process – Inkygir

Jo Knowles – Live Your Life: A Theme and a Challenge for 2013

‘Polar Bear Morning,’ by Lauren Thompson, and More in the NY Times – #kidlit

TED Blog | 10 great children’s books that will become classics


Douglas County Acquires 10,000 E-Book Titles from Smashwords | ALA TechSource

Why Amazon Won’t Give You Free Digital Copies of Your Movies and Books


Helsinki Central Library

As Use of Libraries Grows, Government Support Has Eroded –

Book Forest Library in Berlin – GalleyCat

Check These Out at the Library: Blacksmithing, Bowling, Butchering –

DAFUQ You Say to Me?: CNBC Calls Librarian one of the 10 Least Stressful Jobs for 2013 « The Magpie Librarian

Douglas County, Smashwords Refine Selection Tools for Bulk Ebook Purchases – The Digital Shift #ebooks

Emerald Fennell’s top 10 villainesses | Children’s books #kidlit

Kids Rule In The Land Of ‘Hokey Pokey’ : NPR – an interview with Jerry Spinelli

New 10 States Sticking Up for Public Libraries – Stephen's Lighthouse

River Falls Public Library’s motorcycle exhibit woos bikers and bookish … quietly

School Library Thrives After Ditching Print Collection – The Digital Shift

Screwy Decimal: 5 Reasons Being a Librarian Is Stressful – A sane, funny response to the idiotic CNBC article

Stacked: On being busy and being stressed

Turning a new page: Libraries hoping to attract new ‘customers’ » Naples Daily News


How Generation Y really feels about online privacy | CES 2013|CNET Blogs


Penguin Random House merger begins a new chapter for publishing | Books


Gorgeous books

The Best Books of 2012 | GeekDad

The Psychology of Books: Why We Read What We Read | Beyond The Margins

A Very Merry Christmas for Children’s Booksellers


New Myspace: an early review of the good, bad and overwhelming – Forbes

Plus-One This: Proof That Google Plus Will Prevail | Fast Company


First Look at Catching Fire

Fifty Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels to Look Forward to in 2013 | The Ranting Dragon

UK teenagers without the internet are ‘educationally disadvantaged’ – University of Oxford

Y.A. to Watch for: The Winter 2013 Preview – Entertainment-The Atlantic Wire #yalit