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Pick up a brilliant book for under fives from the 2019 Oscar's Book Prize shortlist

Written by · Published Apr 11, 2019

Baby's First Bank Heist, Almost Anything, Ruby's Worry

Oscar’s Book Prize celebrates the best books for under-fives of the year. It is awarded in memory of Oscar Ashton and in partnership with Amazon, the Evening Standard and the National Literacy Trust. The winner will be announced on Thursday 9 May.

The Way Home for Wolf, by Rosie Bright & Jim Field

“Wilf is as strong and independent as a wolf cub can be. He doesn’t need help from his friends and family - whatever it is, he can do it ALL BY HIMSELF.

“But when Wilf finds himself lost and alone in the snow and chill of an Arctic night, he discovers something important - sometimes we all need the help of a friend to keep us safe and show us the way.”

Almost Anything, by Sophy Henn

“George can’t roller-skate, George can’t paint, and George most certainly can’t dance. But Bear thinks that, with a little help, George can do all these things - and more. And, luckily for George, Bear has just a little magic to help.”

Ruby’s Worry, by Tom Percival

“Ruby loves being Ruby. Until, one day, she finds a worry. at first it’s not such a big worry, and that’s alright, but then it starts to grow. It gets bigger and bigger every day and it makes Ruby sad. How can Ruby get rid of her worry and feel like herself again?”

How to be a Lion, by Ed Vere

“Meet Leonard - a lion like no other. Leonard’s best friend is Marianne, a duck. But lions chomp ducks, don’t they? And what will the pair do when their way of life is threatened?”

Baby’s First Bank Heist, by Jim Whalley & Stephen Collins

“Move over, Bonnie and Clyde, because there’s a new criminal mastermind in town: Baby Frank! Baby Frank’s parents say that he can’t have a pet - ‘Pets are for older kids’, ‘Be happy with your teddy’, ‘They cost too much to keep’ - which leaves Baby Frank with a BIG problem because he REALLY wants a pet. What’s a baby to do? Rob a bank, of course! But will money buy Baby Frank the fluffy pet he so desperately wants?”

Sophie Green

Sophie Green

I work for the Suffolk Libraries stock team. I also write children’s fiction, short stories and comedy. Visit my website.