Tony Robinson Wins Blue Peter Book Award!

Author, presenter and former Blackadder actor Sir Tony Robinson has won a Blue Peter Book Award for Weird World Of Wonders: World War II. A panel of judges and young viewers voted him top of the factual category, while Rooftoppers by newcomer Katherine Rundell was named best story.

“If happiness is usually the size of a tennis ball, my feelings are the size of Australia,” Sir Tony said. The awards are part of the CBBC show’s World Book Day celebrations.

Sir Tony, who has written more than 20 books as well as fronting Channel 4′s Time Team, previously picked up a prize in 2007 for his book Worst Children’s Jobs In History.

“Blue Peter is a genuine stamp of approval and because children themselves do the voting, there’s something very real about this win – it actually feels like a pat on the back from the readership themselves,” he said.

The show’s editor Ewan Vinnicombe said the book about World War Two was “witty, clever and gives the reader an insight into an important historical event”.

The winners were announced during a World Book Day Newsround bulletin, who will collect their prizes during Thursday’s Blue Peter programme.

A study to coincide with World Book Day revealed the average British household has 138 books, but more than half of them have never been read.

The survey of 2,000 adults by self storage firm Shurgard showed two-thirds kept books because they were emotionally attached to them, with an estimated 3.6 billion on shelves, in bedrooms or lofts in people’s homes.