Princess Beatrice carved a casual figure when she appeared on a video message to crown The Littlest Yak the winner of Oscar’s Book Prize 2021 – before congratulating the winners for creating such a ‘beautiful story’.
The Queen’s granddaughter, 32, patron of the award since 2017, joined TV host Lorraine Kelly, broadcaster Angellica Bell, and animator and illustrator Axel Scheffler for the virtual event posted on the Oscar’s Book Prize website and streamed on the price list. Youtube Channel.
The Littlest Yak, the debut book by Hampshire-based Lu Fraser and Bristol-based illustrator Kate Hindley, topped the six-member shortlist, scooping the esteemed £ 10,000 literary prize.
The Littlest Yak, a cheerful, rhyming hairdresser who teaches little ones to celebrate their own unique talents, follows the journey of Gertie, the smallest yak in the entire herd.
Gertie feels stuck in her smallness and is bursting to grow big and tall. She soon discovers that there are things only she can do, and that her smallness can do something big.
Speaking of the heartwarming and uplifting story, the royal, donning a red and navy striped cardigan, said, “This is a wonderful book and the winners should be so proud of all they have accomplished in putting this wonderful story together.”
Princess Beatrice (pictured), 32, carved a careless figure when she appeared on a video message to crown The Littlest Yak the winner of Oscar’s Book Prize 2021 – before congratulating the winners for creating such a ‘beautiful story’
The Littlest Yak (pictured), the debut book by Hampshire-based Lu Fraser and Bristol-based illustrator Kate Hindley, spearheaded the six-member shortlist to secure the esteemed £ 10,000 literary prize.
Lu Fraser, who lives in Hampshire, where she lives with her husband and daughter, is an exciting new voice in children’s books, drawing from everyday inspiration for her stories.
Writing from a small shed in her yard, she revealed that Gertie’s character came to life as she spent time with her daughter.
Bristol-based, award-winning illustrator Kate Hindley is the beloved illustrator of both picture books – including the award-winning You Must Bring a Hat, written by Simon Philip – and fiction – The Royal Rabbits of London, written by Santa Montefiore and Simon Sebag Montefiore – as well as the author-illustrator of new series of board books, Treacle Street.
Lu Fraser said of her book: ‘This story means a lot to me, I put my heart into it because it felt like a very important message to remind children and adults that we all have greatness inside.’
“It’s a huge honor, and I can’t thank the judges enough for choosing our book, The Littlest Yak, as the winner of Oscar’s Book Prize 2021.”
On her illustrations, Kate Hindley noted, “Cheers to Lu for writing such a brilliant debut text. It was so much fun to illustrate. ‘
Princess Beatrice joined TV host Lorraine Kelly, broadcaster Angellica Bell and animator and illustrator Axel Scheffler for the virtual event (photo)
The Queen’s granddaughter (pictured) told the winning duo to be ‘so proud’ of themselves and congratulated them on creating such a ‘beautiful story’
The Queen’s granddaughter (pictured, with the winning book facing up) has been patron of the award since 2017
‘I am absolutely delighted and amazed to learn that our little Gertie has won the Oscar’s Book Prize. Thank you very much.’
The winning book, praised by the jury, is available for purchase on Amazon.
Oscar’s Book Prize is awarded in memory of Oscar Ashton, who adored childhood stories and died of an undiscovered heart condition at the age of three and a half.
This year, the award received the highest number of submissions in its eight-year history with 143 submissions from children’s writers and illustrators across the UK.
The shortlist included six books:
I’ll Stay With You, Smriti Halls and Steve Small (Simon and Schuster Children’s Books)
Meesha Makes Friends, Tom Percival (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
Rain Before Rainbows, Smriti Halls and David Litchfield (Walker Books)
The Hospital Dog, Julia Donaldson and Sara Ogilvie (Macmillan Children’s Books)
The Littles Yak, Lu Fraser and Kate Hindley (Simon and Schuster Children’s Books)
Want a Banana, Yasmeen Ismail (Walker Books)
To recognize and reward the essential work of young authors and illustrators to encourage young children to read, the prize money has doubled in size this year.
The announcement also included the approval of the TV presenters of fellow judges Lorraine Kelly and Angellica Bell, animator and illustrator Axel Scheffler, Simon Johnson, director of Amazon EU Books and Viveka Alvestrand and James Ashton, founders of the award and the parents of Oscar.
Axel Scheffler said, “The story of The Littlest Yak is very moving and encouraging to anyone who is short.
Rather crazy furry creatures live in a mountainous backdrop that, despite the reduced color scheme, is always vibrant and captivating. The little bird and snow marmot add to the entertainment. Have fun with a nice message. ‘
Lorraine Kelly noted, “Despite incredible competition, this heartwarming book grabbed me right from the first page.
With a beautiful, recognizable character, the story is beautifully told through clever, punchy rhymes and beautiful illustrations.
“There is also so much to talk about with his beautiful message – realizing that as much as we want to change something about ourselves, actually everyone is perfect just the way they are.”
Angellica Bell added, ‘This is such a cute story about growing up fast, something I used to dream of when I was a kid – and in retrospect, it’s about enjoying the moment and not wishing time away!
“But the real message I’ve gotten from this book is the lesson that we are all perfect just the way we are in our own individual ways!”
The Littlest Yak (pictured), a cheerful rhyming caper teaching little ones to celebrate their own unique talents, follows the journey of Gertie, the smallest yak in the entire herd
Amazon EU Books Director Simon Johnson commented, “Whether you’re the littlest ones, or just feel like you are, this is a brilliant story to really get involved with. We loved this book in my family – heartwarming, beautifully illustrated, and I think it handled conversations about our feeling differently. ‘
Oscar’s Book Prize co-founder Viveka Alvestrand said, “This is a great book about being okay to be who you are. It is a great book to discover together, because there is so much to experience on every page; the art and the words work together so well, and it flows very nicely. ‘
The Literary Award, which celebrates the best in storytelling for children under five, is supported by Amazon and the National Literacy Trust and comes at a time when encouraging children to read is more important than ever.
Research from the National Literacy Trust reports that a third (32%) of adults are reading with their children (0-5 years) more than ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic1 – which is the important work of young authors to to teach. , inspire and generate joy.