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Oscar's Book Prize 2021 shortlist announced

12 April 2021 Share

Plus, the chance for you to win one of 50 sets!

Oscar’s Book Prize has announced the 2021 shortlist, with six books making it through to the next round following the highest number of entries recorded to date, up 12% from 2020. 

Now in its eighth year, Oscar’s Book Prize celebrates the best in storytelling for under-fives, crowning the UK’s best picture book. This shortlist announcement follows one of the most difficult years where children spent more time at home than ever before. This coincides with news released from the National Literacy Trust reporting that a third (32%) of adults have been reading with their children (aged 0-5) more than ever since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic – affirming the important work by early-year authors to educate, inspire and spark joy. To recognise and reward the vital work by early-years authors and illustrators in encouraging young children to read, this year’s prize fund has doubled in size. 

Submissions were of such high quality this year that the judging panel recognised six rather than the usual five books. We were especially thrilled to see SLA Patron Smitri Halls receive not one, but two nominations! 

The exceptional stories on the 2021 shortlist feature characters as diverse as yaks, dogs and bears, and settings that range from mountain tops, hospitals and schools. They all share strong and inspiring themes of friendships, co-operation, self-belief and perseverance.

The Oscar’s Book Prize 2021 shortlist is as follows:

  • I’m Sticking with You by Smriti Halls and Steve Small (Simon and Schuster Children’s Books)
  • Meesha Makes Friends by Tom Percival (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Halls and David Litchfield (Walker Books)
  • The Hospital Dog by Julia Donaldson and Sara Ogilvie (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • The Littlest Yak by Lu Fraser and Kate Hindley (Simon and Schuster Children’s Books)
  • Would You Like A Banana by Yasmeen Ismail (Walker Books)

Learn more about the books and the judges that chose them here.

WIN one of 50 sets of the shortlist!

What's more, following news of the announcement Oscar's Book Prize are giving schools and nurseries the chance to win one of 50 sets of the complete shortlist.

To enter, simply answer the question "Where would you read the shortlist with the children?" by 5pm on the 26th April.

Full details on how to enter can be found here