Revealing the WINNERS of this year's Junior Design Awards...
Junior Design Awards 2017 for Best Baby/Pre-schooler Book (aged 0-4yrs)
Here at Junior we have a massive love for a well-designed book - but it can't only be judged by its (beautiful) cover. Any book that passes the #juniorbookclub seal of approval has to offer something to its little reader - whether that is learning, discovering or sparking some imagination - every book ends to be engaging, original and of course, pleasing to the eye.
THE PLATINUM AWARD FOR BEST BABY/PRE-SCHOOLER BOOK (AGE 0-4YRS)... First Baby Days On the Move
Pat-a-Cake First Baby Days: On the Move: This pull-tab board book illustrated by Mojca Dolinar was developed in consultation with a child-development expert to help stimulate a baby’s rapidly developing eyesight. It's bright, fun and easy to use, helping your baby to focus.
The high-contrast colours grab a little one’s attention and the double pull-out tabs encourage them to track their eyes across the pages. Babies are able to react to simple patterns and contrasting colours a few weeks after being born, and as their eyes develop, they begin to track objects and scan for things to look at.
There was many ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ to be heard when the judges flicked through the pages, pulled on the double-tabs and everyone agreed the adorable artwork was 'top notch.'
Junior Editor Bonita added: "This high contrast book is a thing of beauty as well as being the perfect introduction into what will - hopefully - become a lifetime of reading beautifully designed and curated books. No baby's bookshelf should be without this."
THE GOLD AWARD FOR BEST BABY/PRE-SCHOOLER BOOK (AGE 0-4YRS)... MILES & MIA
Born out of a love of stories, siblings Miles and Mia are the inspiration for the Miles & Mia collective of tales written by their mum Michaela Alexander, based on their real life adventures of growing up in London.
Published in 2016, this is the first instalment. The A to Z is an educational, rhyming, picture book featuring colourful illustrations and teaches children different letters of the alphabet in a fun way. With Miles & Mia’s take on the traditional ABC with a twist - inclusions of ‘A’ is for afro hair to ‘Z’ is for Zephyrosaurus’ (pronounced “ze-fear-a-saw-ross”), this book offers a diverse representation for children to see characters of different races. It teaches them to see that we are all the same and to be proud of who they are.
Michaela is passionate about her mission that children like to find characters like themselves in books and in the media and it can have a positive impact on the level of confidence and self worth they develop.
THE SILVER AWARD FOR BEST BABY/PRE-SCHOOLER BOOK (AGE 0-4YRS)... WHAT IS POO?
What is poo? by Katie Daynes and published by Usborne is a charming little lift-the-flap and question and answer book about a subject that is bound to be a sure-fire hit with little ones.
Giving your toddler (and you) all the answers to all those awkward questions from what is poo? and does everyone do it? to where does it all go?, it's filled with funny and charming illustrations. This book is a great way to educate young children about a natural bodily function and is likely to raise lots of giggles too - a must at story-time.
Children will also discover how much poo an elephant does, and what you can do with poo... There’s even a Who did these poos quiz!
Junior judge Natalie Lee (from Style me Sunday) said "What is Poo? The perfect book for little ones - I'm sure they would find it interesting and funny!"
THE BRONZE AWARD FOR BEST BABY/PRE-SCHOOLER BOOK (AGE 0-4YRS)... 100 FIRST WORDS
Covering all the familiar things little ones are interested in, from my body and my food, to animals, things that go, and bedtime, 100 First Words is a must for every toddler and pre-schooler. There are crystal-clear photos showing the wonder of the real world and engaging illustrations to tell simple stories that encourage learning. From penguins playing in the snow to a mouse climbing a ladder to reach the height of a giraffe, this is a book little ones will never tire of.
Word labels encourage pointing, naming, and talking while building vocabulary and language. Cleverly designed to inform and entertain, 100 First Words is the start of your baby's learning adventure and was a big hit with all the judges.