Ed Vere wins Oscar's Book Prize

News - Prizes Monday, 13 May 2019

Lauren Child among judges of £5,000 prize for early years book

The 2019 Oscar's Book Prize has gone to Ed Vere, for How To Be a Lion (Puffin). Vere received the £5,000 prize from Princess Beatrice, Oscar's Book Prize patron, at a party in London last week.

The judges were Waterstones Children's Laureate Lauren Child; Brigitte Ricou-Bellan, UK director of books at Amazon; Sarah Brown, president of global children's charity Theirworld and executive chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education; and James Ashton and Viveka Alvestrand, whose late son Oscar gives his name to the prize, for books for 0 to 5-year-olds. The supporters are Amazon and the National Literacy Trust.

Child said of Vere's book: "How To Be a Lion's artwork has depth of emotion and is beautifully executed. As an artist, Ed has a wonderful sense of line and energy, and it is refreshing to see a book where you can see the artist's hand in the work."

Also on the shortlist were:

The Way Home for Wolf by Rachel Bright and Jim Field (Orchard)
Ruby's Worry by Tom Percival (Bloomsbury Children's)
Almost Anything by Sophy Henn (Puffin)
Baby's First Bank Heist by Jim Whalley and Stephen Collins (Bloomsbury Children's)

Photo: Ed Vere with Princess Beatrice

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