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.
You can find the entire Oscar’s Book Prize shortlist here, but the 2019 is announced as How to be a Lion by Ed Vere.
Vere told the audience that the idea for the book came during the Autumn 2016 election season in the US while he was on a book tour in the country. He decided that there needed to be a voice that could counter a very powerful voice in the world and so the story was created from a voice that talks about narrow masculinity that operates with both compassion and empathy.
How to be a Lion is a tale of an unlikely friendship and celebrates individuality and showcases how the power of words can be the most powerful thing of all, highlighting the importance of summoning up the courage to speak up for yourself.
Congratulations to Ed Vere who will collect the £5,000 prize and no doubt see increased sales of his book.