2022 Blue Peter Book Award Longlists

The Blue Peter Book Awards celebrate the best authors and illustrators in children’s fiction and nonfiction. The award is given by BookTrust in the UK. The 2022 longlists for the awards have been announced and will be shortened to three books per category on November 11th. The winners will be selected by over 200 children from schools across the UK with the winners announced in March 2022. Here are the longlisted titles:


The Amazing Edie Eckhart

The Amazing Edie Eckhart by Rosie Jones, illustrated by Natalie Smillie

Cover for Bad Panda

Bad Panda by by Swapna Haddow, illustrated by Sheena Dempsey

Cover for The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh

The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh by Helen Rutter

Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths

Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths by Maisie Chan, illustrated by Anh Cao (published in the U.S. as Danny Chung Sums It Up in September 2021.)

Cover for Dragon Mountain, 1

Dragon Mountain by Katie Tsang and Kevin Tsang

Cover for The Last Bear

The Last Bear by Hannah Gold, illustrated by Levi Pinfold

October, October

October, October by Katya Balen, illustrated by Angela Harding

The Shark Caller

The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethell, illustrated Saara Söderlund

Cover for When Life Gives You Mangos

When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten

The Wizard In My Shed (The Misadventures of Merdyn the Wild #1)

The Wizard in My Shed by Simon Farnaby, illustrated by Claire Powell


24 Hours In The Stone Age

24 Hours in the Stone Age by Lan Cook, illustrated by Laurent Kling

Cover for Climate Action

Climate Action by Georgina Stevens, illustrated by Katie Rewse

A Different Sort of Normal

A Different Sort of Normal by Abigail Balfe

Good News: Why The World Is Not As Bad As You Think

Good News by Rashmi Sirdeshpande, illustrated by Adam Hayes

Cover for Invented by Animals

Invented by Animals by Christiane Dorion, illustrated by Gosia Herbia

Kay’s Anatomy: A Complete (and Completely Disgusting) Guide to the Human Body

Kay’s Anatomy by Adam Kay, illustrated by Henry Paker

Cover for The Magic of Sleep

The Magic of Sleep by Vicky Woodgate

Cover for What a Wonderful Phrase

What a Wonderful Phrase by Nicola Edwards, illustrated by Manu Montoya

Wild Child: A Journey Through Nature

Wild Child: A Journey Through Nature by Dara McAnulty, illustrated by Barry Falls

A Year Full of Celebrations and Festivals: Over 90 fun and fabulous festivals from around the world!

A Year Full of Celebrations and Festivals by Claire Grace, illustrated by Christopher Corr

Sato the Rabbit: The Moon by Yuki Ainoya

Cover image for Sato the Rabbit: The Moon.

Sato the Rabbit: The Moon by Yuki Ainoya (9781592703067)

This is the second book in the Sato the Rabbit trilogy. In a series of chapters, Sato explores the world around him. When the moon disappears into a nearby thicket, Sato pulls it out and makes it into a boat. Exploring a brown, dry field, he discovers a green sprout that turns like a screw and soon green is popping up all around. On a rainy day, Sato sets up a rain party where he captures the sheets of rain with ribbons. Other stories have fallen leaves that roll up into a rug, the moon turned into a blanket, and the wonder of a hole in a hat.

This Japanese picture book series is surprising and surreal. Just when you think you know where each of the short chapters is headed, a page turn takes it in an entirely different direction. It’s these little surprises along the way that make the book so charming. Each chapter features Sato doing amazing things with regular items we interact with in our world too.

The illustrations add to the fun of the surreal stories. They make what is being said in the brief text come alive as wondrous things happen in each story.

A charming addition to the Sato series. Appropriate for ages 4-7.

Reviewed from copy provided by Enchanted Lion Books.