Best Designed / Illustrated Book for Children | Junior Design Awards 2021

Design is the crucial ingredient in the Junior Design Awards so when it comes to the best designed and illustrated books these are the best-of-the-best that children and adults alike will adore

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WINNER OF BEST DESIGNED/ILLUSTRATED BOOK FOR CHILDREN: JOINT GOLD

WHO: Nosy Crow
WHAT: What Are Little Girls Made Of? Nursery Rhymes For Feminist Times by Jeanne Willis and Isabelle Follath

WHY: Yes! Was the reaction from so many of our judges when they encountered this refreshing book that subverts so many of the nursery rhyme tropes and clichés that have inveigled themselves into our psyche thus far! This collection of witty reworkings of classic nursery rhymes, given a fresh and feminist twist really made us laugh and then think! Wit, humour and seriously gorgeous illustrations with a lovely inclusive feel make this a book that works on so many levels and will give children plenty to laugh about and adults a wry smile. A beautifully presented book that would make a wonderful gift.

Super cute book. My daughter would love this!
Charlotte Kewley, Children’s Stylist and founder of @thelittlestylist
Love this book! Such a great concept and the kind of book that I’d definitely buy for my daughters.
Zoey Goto, Freelance Travel Writer and Author
Classic rhymes from a bygone era given a brand new lease of intelligent life!
Eleonore Crompton, Contributing Editor, Junior

WHERE: Nosy Crow

WINNER OF BEST DESIGNED/ILLUSTRATED BOOK FOR CHILDREN: JOINT GOLD

WHO: Button Books
WHAT: Kids Can Bake -Recipes for budding bakers Illustrated by Esther Coombs

WHY: Our panel were really drawn to this beautifully designed cookery book which has a lovely retro, pre-digital feel while still sizzling with excitement for kids! The mouth-watering illustrations of jam roly-polies, Rainbow layer cakes and pretzels were perfect for bringing all these yummy dishes to life and the step by step, illustrated instructions were clear, concise and easy to read.

What a cool baking book. I love the step by step illustrations. A lovely gift.
Charlotte Kewley, Children’s Stylist and founder of @thelittlestylist
A classic kid’s baking book packed with recipes that every child will salivate over. The stunning retro style illustrations make everything look delicious!
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior
One of those books that will be very well thumbed, a little bit sticky and much loved.
Eleonore Crompton, Contributing Editor, Junior

WHERE: Button Books

WINNER OF BEST DESIGNED/ILLUSTRATED BOOK FOR CHILDREN: SILVER

WHO: Usborne
WHAT: I’m (Almost) Always Kind by Anna Milbourne with illustrations by Asa Gilland

WHY: How do we teach kindness? This is the fundamental question asked and answered by this beautifully illustrated book that explores lots of ways to show kindness to others – sometimes through trial and error. Our judges loved the warmth, humour and simple message of this book that is brought to life by lively illustrations and uses clever perforations that accumulate as you flip through the pages to show kindness spreading in a magical way. A kindness resource book that all kids should have on their bookshelf when they need a gentle and fun reminder of how to spread happiness and make themselves feel good in the process.

A brilliant title and idea.
Charlotte Kewley, Children’s Stylist
Such a great book - it made me laugh out loud! I like the story and think it’s really useful for kids’ emotional intelligence.
Zoey Goto, Freelance Writer and Author
This simple introduction to the art of kindness is brilliant. A school and home library essential.
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior

WHERE: Usborne

WINNER OF BEST DESIGNED/ILLUSTRATED BOOK FOR CHILDREN: BRONZE

WHO: Thames & Hudson
WHAT: Marvellous Magicians written and illustrated by Lydia Corry

WHY: All our judges felt that this was a showstopper of a book that would make a fabulous and very special gift. The stunning illustrations and fascinating facts about famous magicians and their dare devil acts, will captivate children who are drawn in by the mystery of magic and the well laid out pages full of design drama and colour ,will keep kids who love facts and detail, entertained for hours. A beautiful book that the whole panel was excited by.

I know my son would absolutely love this book. A stunning cover and pages to pour over.
Eleonore Crompton, Contributing Editor, Junior
A beautifully presented book that lives up to the amazing magicians inside.
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior

WHERE: Thames & Hudson

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