We were so proud that Spaghetti with the Yeti was shortlisted for the first ever Oscar’s First Book Prize and had a fantastic time at the awards ceremony this week. It was lovely to meet the other authors and illustrators on the shortlist:

Benji Davies – The Storm Whale

Helen and Thomas Docherty – The Snatchabook

Philippa Leathers – The Black Rabbit

Nicola O’Byrne – Open Very Carefully

Oscar’s First Book Prize was set up after James Ashton and Viveka Alvestrand’s son Oscar died at the age of three and a half. James and Viveka spoke about Oscar, describing his vivid imagination, sense of fun and love of books. It was very moving to think of Oscar and to celebrate his memory through all the wonderful books that were long listed for the prize. Benji Davies was a very worthy winner with The Storm Whale, a beautiful book that deserves to be in any young child’s library.

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