I am delighted to discover that 'The Queen's Hat' has been shortlisted for the Oscar's First Book Prize: a touching tribute to Oscar Ashton, the son of Evening Standard executive editor and columnist James Ashton, who was three years old when he died in December 2012 from an undetected heart condition.

It’s the second year for Oscar's First Book Prize, which is given to the best first book a child might pick up on their own. Last year, Benji Davies picked up the award for his heartwarming picture book, 'The Storm Whale' (pictured below).

Sixty submissions were whittled down to a long-list of ten, and the final five were carefully picked by a panel of judges: actress Gillian Anderson, Dame Marjorie Scardino, former Pearson CEO and the first female board director of Twitter, Rupert Thomas, marketing director of Waitrose, and Oscar’s parents, Viveka Alvestrand and Evening Standard executive editor and columnist, James Ashton. Gillian Anderson will present the award, sponsored by Waitrose, at Soho House, on May 7.

Below are the final five books shortlisted books for Oscar's First Book Prize. Congratulations, all!

Hedgehugs  Written by Steve Wilson, illustrated by Lucy Tapper (Maverick Publishing)

Hedgehugs 
Written by Steve Wilson, illustrated by Lucy Tapper
(Maverick Publishing)

Dangerous! By Tim Warnes  (Little Tiger Press)

Dangerous!
By Tim Warnes 
(Little Tiger Press)

This Book Just Ate My Dog!  By Richard Byrne (OUP)

This Book Just Ate My Dog! 
By Richard Byrne
(OUP)

The Sea Tiger  By Victoria Turnbull  (Templar)

The Sea Tiger 
By Victoria Turnbull 
(Templar)

The Queen’s Hat  By Me (Hachette Children’s)

The Queen’s Hat 
By Me
(Hachette Children’s)

The final five were featured in today's London Evening Standard. You can read the full article online HERE.

The final five were featured in today's London Evening Standard. You can read the full article online HERE.

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AuthorSteve Antony