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Oscars book prize shortlist announced

Oscars book prize shortlist announced

Five titles revealed as shortlist for literary prize honouring early-years literature

Now in its fourth year, the Oscar’s Book Prize judging panel has today announced its shortlist of five titles. Searching for the best in the under-fives category, and published in the past year, Oscar’s Book Prize is a celebration of children’s literature in honour of Oscar Ashton supported by Amazon and the National Literacy Trust.
In 2012, Oscar passed away at the age of three and a half from an undetected heart condition. To commemorate him, Oscar’s parents James Ashton and Viveka Alvestrand launched Oscar’s Book Prize, looking for the best in children’s stories; stories that would capture the imaginations of children everywhere and stories Oscar himself would have loved.
The judging panel includes presenter Claudia Winkleman, Cathy Retzenbrink, author of the 2015 memoir The Last Act of Love, Dan Mucha, Director of Books at Amazon and Oscar’s parents. Selected for their brilliant words and images from over 70 total submissions, the highest the competition has ever seen, the titles in the running for the £5,000 award are:

·       Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph (HarperCollins) 
Judge Dan Mucha says, “The fact that it’s OK to be different resonates at every age. Every child goes through this at some point so it’s a really powerful message.”
·       There’s a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart (Quarto) 
Judge Viveka Alvestrand says, “A fantastic celebration of imagination. The way it invites the reader or child being read to, to ponder: "Are you real? Am I real? Does it matter?" is really clever.”
·       Hello, Mr Dodo by Nicholas John Frith (Scholastic)
Judge James Ashton says, “A brilliant splash of colour that would brighten up any child’s bedtime and a thought-provoking story.”
·       The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight by Helen and Thomas Docherty (Scholastic)
Judge Cathy Rentzenbrink says, “This is all about how books are the hero and reading can solve problems. A clever, brave and resourceful character. A book for bookish people.”
·       The Koala Who Could by Rachel Bright and Jim Field (Hachette Children)
Judge Claudia Winkleman says, “I love this – for a slightly younger child. Fabulous rhymes, I’m in love with Kevin and would like to buy this for all my friends’ children.”
The winning book will be announced on 15th May in London at The Ned, with the award presented by royal patron Princess Beatrice.

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