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Jarvis Secures Victory in the Highly Anticipated Annual Children’s Book Award

Princess Beatrice announced the winner of the prestigious Oscar’s Book Prize 2023 in a grand ceremony held in central London. The recipient of this year’s award is none other than Jarvis, the Manchester-based author and illustrator, for his latest book, The Boy With Flowers In His Hair. The judges commended Jarvis’ work for its poignant and pure narrative of friendship and support during vulnerable moments. Jarvis received a cash prize of £10,000 for his outstanding achievement.

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Beatrice Stresses the Significance of Literacy and Community in Oscar’s Book Prize

As a patron of Oscar’s Book Prize, Princess Beatrice expressed her honor to present the award and highlighted the importance of literacy to the Queen. She also acknowledged the significance of community, inspired by the coronation weekend. Jarvis said that he was thrilled to win the award, particularly in a category with such talented authors and illustrators. He added that he believes picture books are a form of art that everyone can appreciate.

The Shortlisted Finalists for Oscar’s Book Prize 2023

This year’s shortlist for Oscar’s Book Prize included a total of five other outstanding titles, alongside the winning book. Some of the nominated titles included Billy And The Pirates by Nadia Shireen and The Gecko And The Echo by Rachel Bright and illustrator Jim Field. Among the members of the judging panel who attended the ceremony were Cressida Cowell, Amazon’s UK books country manager Lisa De Meyer, the prize’s co-founder Viveka Alvestrand, and author Benji Davies, who had won the award twice before.

A Celebration of Magical Stories: Oscar’s Book Prize and Its Founders

Viveka Alvestrand and her husband James Ashton founded Oscar’s Book Prize in memory of their son Oscar, who passed away from an undiagnosed heart condition in December 2012, at the age of three-and-a-half. The award celebrates magical stories and encourages parents to read books with their children. Lisa De Meyer, Amazon’s UK books country manager, expressed her excitement about the award and how it engages children with moving stories and vibrant illustrations. Jarvis, who has published several other children’s books throughout his career, including This Little Piggy and Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth, expressed his gratitude for the award and stated that he is eager to embark on future projects.

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