TV and radio presenter Angellica Bell joins Lorraine Kelly and Axel Scheffler as a celebrity judge of Oscar’s Book Prize 2021.
Bell, twice nominated for a Children’s BAFTA and the face of Children’s BBC between 2000 – 2006 will help choose the winner of the £5,000 prize, now in its eighth year.
Completing the panel is Viveka Alvestrand, who founded the £5,000 literary award in memory of her son, and Simon Johnson, Director of Amazon EU Books.
Commenting on her new role, Angellica Bell said: “Encouraging children to read is vital to give them the best start and I wish I had read more as a child, hence why I jumped at the chance to be a judge for this year’s Oscar’s Book Prize. I’m looking forward to joining the panel and reading the amazing entries.”
Bell won the 2017 series of Celebrity Masterchef and in 2019 published her first cookery book aimed at children titled, Fantastic Eats and How to Cook Them!
Oscar’s Book Prize is supported by Amazon, the Evening Standard, and the National Literacy Trust and counts HRH Princess Beatrice as its patron. The prize’s organisers distribute donated shortlisted books to schools and nurseries across the UK, whilst surplus entered stories are shared with UK hospitals via the charity, Read for Good.
More information on the prize can be found at www.oscarsbookprize.co.uk. The shortlist will be revealed on Monday, April 12th, and the winner of the £5,000 prize will be announced on Thursday, May 13th, 2021.