Winners of Best Pre-Schooler Book 3-5yrs (published within last 12 months) | Junior Design Awards 2023


Best Pre-Schooler Book 3-5yrs: GOLD

WHO: Simon & Schuster


WHAT: The Storm Whale: Tenth Anniversary Edition By Benji Davies

WHY: This beautiful 10th anniversary paperback edition of the award-winning, beloved modern classic with a note from the author had a great response. Our judges felt this beautifully illustrated book was a wonderful way to revisit an old favourite with the added excitement of a new design and an author’s update or to introduce a much-loved story to a brand new audience.

Such a gorgeous keepsake book. Top of my list for special birthday gifts and Christmas.
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior
Brilliant book!
Emma Tunbridge, Children’s fashion photographer, @emmatunbridge
Fans of the book will love this anniversary edition of a sweet and moving tale.
Eleonore Crompton, Deputy Editor, Junior

WHERE: Simon & Schuster


Best Pre-Schooler Book 3-5yrs:SILVER

WHO: Miffy

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WHAT: Miffy X Vermeer

WHY: This charming illustrated book for children featuring Dick Bruna’s iconic rabbit Miffy exploring the similarities and differences between Vermeer's works and Bruna's classic illustrations was a big hit with our judges. This collaboration between Mercis bv, Dick Bruna's Amsterdam-based publishers, and the Rijksmuseum aims to cultivate an interest in art among young children while also being fun for parents, grandparents, and art lovers, and the panel agreed that they had succeeded. After, all who wouldn’t want Miffy as a gallery tour guide?

Anyone who loves Miffy and art will love this book! A brilliant buy for bringing art history into your child’s life early!
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior
LOVED this book! What a brilliant idea and exactly what I would love to have had as a child, encouraging knowledge and awareness of great and historical art in a playful and captivating way. Bravo!
Mimi Dickson, Illustrator and student nurse, @mimidicksonpaintings
The juxtaposition we never knew we needed! I’ll never look at a Vermeer again without thinking of Miffy. Brilliant!
Eleonore Crompton, Deputy Editor of Junior

WHERE: Gosh London


Best Pre-Schooler Book 3-5yrs: BRONZE

WHO: Welbeck Children's Books

WHAT: Where Does my Food Come From?

WHY: Created to help young children understand the role food plays and the impact on the planet of their food choices, our judges felt that this book was a great way to get children to engage with and start conversations about the food they eat. The friendly illustrations and delicious recipes were all praised by the JDA team who felt this was a great book for kids to dip into to find out fun facts about food and nutritious snack ideas.

Annabel Karmel’s clever way of making food extremely fun and tasty for kids is presented perfectly in this book.
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior
Love the fun illustrations that quite literally bring food to life. I can imagine this being a great buy for fussy eaters and not so fussy eaters too!
Eleonore Crompton, Deputy Editor, Junior

WHERE: Annabel Karmel