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The Oscar's Book Prize 2019 has just been announced

If you’re looking for the next set of books to liven up bedtime reading, look no further as the Oscar’s Book Prize 2019 shortlist has just been released!

It’s a £5,000 literary award supported by Amazon and the National Literacy Trust, recognising excellence in books for under-fives published in the past year.

The award is named in tribute to Oscar Ashton who passed away in 2012 at the age of three and a half from an undetected heart condition. It was created by Oscar’s parents, and searches for the best in children’s stories and stories Oscar himself would have loved.

With no further ado, here is the Oscar’s Book Prize 2019 shortlist:

The Way Home for Wolf by Rachel Bright and Jim Field (Orchard Books)

Judge Viveka Alvestrand says, “The illustrations of The Way Home for Wolf transport you right inside the book. You are standing there with the Northern Lights in front of you - it's breathtaking. It conveys that wonder and awe of nature beautifully.”

Click to buy The Way Home for Wolf, here, 

How to be a Lion by Ed Vere (Puffin)

Judge Lauren Child says, “Ed understands how to pace a story, tell it beautifully, and make an important point about being true to yourself and loyal to your friends. It does not preach nor resort to sentimentality but yet a very clear point is made about how it is possible to deal with those who wish to bully and intimidate.”

Click to buy How to be a Lion, here

Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival (Bloomsbury Children's Books)

Judge Brigitte Ricou-Bellan says, “It has beautiful illustrations and brings to life behaviours or ideas which are not easy to discuss. It’s clever and the most original in many ways.”

Click to buy Ruby's Worry, here

Almost Anything by Sophy Henn (Puffin)

Judge Sarah Brown says, “It reflects the concerns that little people have. So many children are reticent about having a go at things, or they give up if they aren’t good straight away. I couldn’t think of anything else like it.”

Click to buy Almost Anything, here

Baby’s First Bank Heist by Jim Whalley and Stephen Collins (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

Judge James Ashton says, “It had an edge to it. It is a smart and sassy story with some laugh out loud moments and vibrant illustrations.”

Click to buy Baby's First Bank Heist, here

And, if you’re looking for some tips to make bedtime reading come alive again for you and your little ones, here are some top tips from Audible’s Narrator of the Year, Clare Corbett:

  • Take turns choosing a book
  • Create/play with the voices of the characters together
  • Both of you should read little bits each - maybe one does the characters and one narrates
  • Read clearly and steadily (even if you have supper and wine ready downstairs!)
  • Talk about the world the book is in and ask your child questions about their favourite bits of the book