Best Designed/Illustrated Book For Children | Junior Design Awards 2019


WHO: An Anthology of Intriguing Animals by Ben Hoare (DK)


WHAT: Think children’s encyclopedia spliced with magical illustrations, immersive photography and text. In these pages you will find intriguing facts, stories and myths around children’s favourite and lesser known animals, all brought to life with incredible pictures and stunning illustrations. With text written by respected wildlife journalist Ben Hoare, this beautiful menagerie of extraordinary beasts takes children on a tour of over 100 species.

WHY: This beautifully designed book enchanted us all. The gold foil touches and gilded edges compliment the nostalgic hardback cover to perfection giving it a truly magical collector’s feel, while the beautifully designed contents give a traditional subject a fresh and playful feel.

A beautiful book that would make a brilliant present.
JDA judge and influencer Clemmie Telford
When factual books become heirloom artistry. This is such a wonderful gift that I can absolutely imagine passing down through the generations.
Mutha.Hood founder, Gemma Metcalfe

WHERE: An Anthology of Intriguing Animals can be found at Amazon and all good book shops

Best Designed /Illustrated Book For Children | Junior Design Awards 2019


WHO: I am The Seed That Grew the Tree – A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year (Nosy Crow)

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WHAT: A beautifully designed, chunky tome of poems celebrating the wonder of nature. Published in collaboration with The National Trust, this poetry anthology is filled with old favourites and new gems, written by a wide variety of poets and is the perfect book for children to dip into or get their daily dose of beautiful prose.

WHY: There is something so special about this book, which looks as enticing as its contents are a treat to read. Full-colour illustrations on every page by internationally acclaimed illustrator Frann Preston-Gannon and the highest possible production values – cloth binding, textured paper jacket, ribbon marker - would make this a perfect gift for a birthday or even a Christening. A great introduction to the stimulating and soothing joy of poetry.

Utterly gorgeous in every way. So nice to enjoy poetry with children from a young age, too!
JDA19 judge Hollie de Cruz, author and founder of yesyesmum cards

I am the Seed that Grew the Tree – A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year is available at Amazon

Best Designed /Illustrated Book For Children | Junior Design Awards 2019


WHO: Easy Peasy: Gardening for Kids by Kirsten Bradley Illustrated by Aitch (Little Gestaltan)

WHAT: A fantastic book for any budding horticulturists or kids who simply like to get messy with mud. Easy Peasy is packed full of inspiring and simple activities that open up a world of growing and nurturing nature, whether you have acres of back garden or just a windowsill to play with. As the blurb says, “Wherever you live and no matter what time of year, Easy Peasy invites you to dig your hands into the dirt and explore the world around you!”

WHY: The concept and design of this book had our judges in raptures.

This is a beautiful book filled with fun activities for children. Such a great idea to get them interested in gardening from a young age!
Gabrielle Spang, JDA19 judge and founder of kids’ store Scandimini said,
Contemporary, informative and imaginative. Stunning illustrations and cover.
Fellow judge, cookery author and winner of The Great British Bake Off Francis Quinn

WHERE: Easy Peasy: Gardening for Kids can be bought at Amazon



WHO: Paperscapes: The Amazing World of Animals by Moira Butterfield (Carlton Books)

WHAT: Another book from the hugely successful Paperscapes series focusing on exotic animals from around the world featuring fascinating facts and beautiful illustrations with press out diecut pages which turn in wildlife works of art.

WHY: Our judges loved the interactive aspect of this book which turns pages with a simple but beautifully illustrated encyclopedia feel into an exciting and visually exciting art project. We could well imagine the satisfaction kids would feel pressing out the shapes of this incredible range of creatures. Our judges said:

Stunning illustrations. Clemmie Telford, Podcaster, influencer and creator of Mother of all Lists

Lovely concept, love the fact sheets and the RRP. Gabrielle Spang, founder of online concept store Scandimini

WHERE: Paperscapes The Amazing World of Animals

Best Designed /Illustrated Book For Children | Junior Design Awards 2019


WHO: Look Inside a Hospital by Katie Daynes (Usborne Publishing)

WHAT: A lift the flap book giving children a thorough and reassuring insight into what happens inside a hospital. Young children can explore the emergency and maternity units, learn how x-rays and scans work, see inside an operating theatre and meet the amazing staff who work there. With over 50 flaps to lift and links to websites where you can take real hospital tours and meet real patients, this is a truly interactive book.

WHY: This is such a great book for any child who might have to go to hospital, whether it be for their own treatment or to visit someone they love. The drawings are clear, bright and friendly and the interactive aspect really gives the sense that you are getting a thorough tour. Our judges were hugely impressed.

Going to buy this for my kids!
Clemmie Telford, curator of Mother of a Lists
Great book. Children have a very poor concept (usually) of what goes on in hospitals and I love that this book demystifies it.
Gabrielle Spang, founder of concept store Scandimini
Usborne do it consistently well! This is another great book that's perfect for kids, taking away the fear that can so often surround hospital trips.
Gemma Metcalfe founder of the Mutha.Hood
Great book, gorgeously illustrated and lots of interesting interactive elements. I love that this could help make a seemingly “scary” place feel more friendly.
Hollie de Cruz, author and creator of yesyesmum cards

WHERE: Look Inside a Hospital is available at Amazon