Shortlist for Oscar’s Book Prize Announced

Oscar’s Book Prize is a literary award recognising excellence in children’s books for the under fives. The award is in its sixth year and was created in honour of Oscar Ashton, who passed away in 2012, aged three and a half from an undetected heart condition.

The award is supported by Amazon, and the National Literacy Trust and searches for the best children’s stories that Oscar would have loved. This year’s winner will be announced on 9th May but the shortlist for the 2019 prize has just been announced and we have that for you here.

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.”

The Way Home for Wolf

How to be a Lion by Ed Vere (Puffin Books)

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.”

How to be a Lion

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.”

Ruby’s Worry

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.”

Almost Anything

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.”

Baby’s First Bank Heist

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Theakston Brewery sponsor the Old Peculier Crime Festival, which takes place in Harrogate every year. The festival comes along with a prize, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel and the 2019 shortlist for this prize has just been announced.

Theakston Old Peculier has been the title sponsor of the festival almost from the start back in 2006 and so the award is now in its thirteenth year. Crime remains one of the most popular literary genres, and so here are the six novels that have made the shortlist for 2019, giving you plenty to add to your TBR!

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The Wilbur Smith Adventure Prize Shortlist is Announced

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The Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation was created to celebrate the love of adventure writing. Named after and supported by the author, Wilbur Smith. Wilbur and Niso have travelled together through Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas and in every country have found storytellers weaving tales of adventure.

The Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation, created in 2015 opens a space for these writers, reaches out to them, and awards an annual prize for adventure writing. The shortlist for the Best Published Novel in adventure writing for 2019 has been released and we have that for you now!

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The Winner of the Oscar’s Book Prize 2019 is Announced

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A few weeks ago we brought you the shortlist for Oscar’s Book Prize. The Prize is a literary award recognising excellence in children’s books for the under fives and this year is the sixth year for the award. The Oscar’s Book Prize was created in honour of Oscar Ashton who passed away in 2012 aged three and a half from an undetected heart condition and searches for stories that Oscar would have loved.

The prize has a royal patron in Princess Beatrice and it was she who awarded the winning author with the prize at a ceremony in the Mayfair Hotel in London this week. The prize is supported by Amazon and the National Literacy Trust. Read More

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American stand up comedian, actor, writer, and producer Dave Chappelle is set to be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Chappelle, who’s well known for his sketch series Chappelle’s Show, his stand up comedy, and appearing in hit movies such as A Star is Born, will be awarded the prize at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Oct. 27.

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