The five short-listed pre-school titles
Oscar’s Book Prize is an annual hunt for the best pre-school book, now in its third year. It was set up to commemorate the life of Oscar Ashton, a book-lover with a big imagination who died of a heart condition when he was three and a half. With the support of the London Evening Standard and the sponsorship of Waitrose, the prize aims to celebrate the joy and creativity of early-years literature and encourage parents to read with their children. Heywood Hill’s chairman Nicky Dunne was honoured to be on the judging panel this year for this inspiring literary prize.
This year’s winner was author and illustrator Gemma Merino, for her book The Cow Who Climbed a Tree, a quirky and up-lifting tale about an adventurous cow who knows there is more to life than chewing on grass.
The competition was very tough, with many fantastic and creative entries. This gift box includes the five short-listed titles from this year’s competition, beautifully wrapped to make a fantastic gift for young readers aged 0 – 5.
This gift box contains:
1. Sir Lilypad by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie: “Hugely expressive illustrations and I wish the frog wouild defend me” - Viveka Alvestrand.
2. The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright and Jim Field: “This book teaches children to be brave, I loved the heart of it” - Rupert Thomas.
3. Hector and Hummingbird by Nicholas John Frith: “This explains that it’s OK to be annoyed by someone you love. Good for both adults and children” - Rebecca Nicolson.
4. The Cow Who Climbed a Tree by Gemma Merino: “I loved the great splodges of colour and how Tina struck out from her snarky sisters. Great for anyone with older siblings” - James Ashton.
5. The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford- Smith: "The publisher should be applauded for producing such a beautiful object with an extremely moving story” - Nicky Dunne.
Your books will be delivered in our smart, secure Heywood Hill boxes. They will be wrapped in brown paper with ribbon and carefully packed in the box with our HH tissue paper. If you wish to include a handwritten note to the recipient, please provide your message in the notes box during the checkout process.
UK postage is included. Gift Boxes can be mailed worldwide and postage will be calculated during the checkout process.