Steve Antony wins Oscar’s First Book Prize

Steve Antony wins Oscar’s First Book Prize

Author and illustrator Steve Antony has won this year’s Oscar’s First Book Prize for The Queen’s Hat (Hodder Children’s Books).
 
The £5,000 prize was set up last year by the Evening Standard in memory of Oscar Ashton, the son of the paper’s executive editor and columnist James Ashton, who died in 2012 at the age of three-and-a-half from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It is open to books for children aged five and under and is sponsored by Waitrose.
 
Antony, who was presented with the prize by actress and prize judge Gillian Anderson, said: “Being shortlisted alongside such talented writers and illustrators was an honour, but to have won this very special prize is very moving.”
 
The other judges for this year’s prize were Dame Marjorie Scardino (ex-c.e.o. of publisher Pearson), Rupert Thomas (Waitrose marketing director) and Oscar’s parents James Ashton and Viveka Alvestrand.
 
Also on the shortlist this year were Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper (Maverick), Dangerous! by Time Warnes (Little Tiger Press), This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne (Oxford University Press) and The Sea Tiger by Victoria Turnbull (Templar)
 
The winner of the inaugural prize in 2014 was The Storm Whale by Benji Davies (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books).