Oscar's Book Prize

Oscar’s Book Prize is an annual prize for the best under-fives book of the year. As of 2021, the Prize awards the winner(s) £10,000. The prize is awarded in memory of Oscar Ashton and in partnership with Amazon, the Evening Standard and the National Literacy Trust.


The boy with flowers in his hair

Jarvis ISBN: 9781529506761

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David is the boy with flowers in his hair. He's sweet and gentle, just like his petals. But when David's flowers begin to fall - a single petal at first, then every last blossom - his best friend never leaves his side. And through kindness and creativity, he even finds a way to give David his colour back... Beautifully illustrated and sensitively told, this story is about being there for someone when they are at their most vulnerable, and brings to life a pure and poignant friendship that children will never forget.

- Browns Books Synopsis

HRH Princess Beatrice became the Royal Patron of Oscar’s Book Prize in March 2017 after helping to judge the prize the previous year. The Princess has written publicly about her struggles with dyslexia as a child, and how the support of her parents and the magic of stories helped her fall in love with reading. On World Book Day in 2017 she shared her reading memories in an article for the Evening Standard.