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