The winners of the 2021 Junior Design Awards were announced today – and we are absolutely delighted to have won three awards this year! Run by parenting magazine Junior, the Junior Design Awards celebrate “the very best and most beautiful products on the planet” and are designed to champion brands big and small.
In the Best Designed/Illustrated Book for Children category, What Are Little Girls Made of? won Gold. This beautiful collection of witty nursery rhymes for feminist times, reworked by Jeanne Willis and complemented by Isabelle Follath‘s gorgeous artwork, is the perfect gift for the very young.
The judges said: “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.”
In the Best Baby Book 0-2 years category, Peekaboo Sun won Silver. From the co-creators of the bestselling, award-winning Felt Flaps series, Camilla Reid and Ingela P Arrhenius, Peekaboo is a fantastic, interactive board book series featuring 10 smooth sliders, signature vibrant artwork and a fun mirror ending that toddlers adore.
The judges said: “Everyone loves a game of peekaboo and this beautiful book gives little ones the chance to surprise and delight themselves with a series of friendly faces – including their own – throughout its cleverly designed interactive pages. Our judges loved the easy to use sliders that were cleverly slotted into both side of the pages and agreed that as well as being really captivating for little ones, this is one of those books that parents would be proud to display on an outward facing bookshelf. With its fun rhyme and gorgeous retro style pictures, the panel felt that this was a book that would be instantly recognised and loved by children for years to come.”
Also in the Best Baby Book 0-2 years category, Make Tracks: Farm won Bronze. For toddlers who love vehicles, this chunky, interactive board book series with easy-to-move counters, and striking artwork by Swedish illustrator Johnny Dyrandder, is the perfect bookshelf addition.
The judges said: “Our judges loved this chunky interactive board book that would be heaven for any child who loves tractors, combine harvesters and anything with big wheels! The simple, bold illustrations and easy-to–use moving sliders and parts make this a joy for children to engage with and anyone with an early appetite for reading will be able to stretch themselves with some simple vehicle vocab. A great book for keeping kids entertained and stimulated.”
You can read more about the Junior Design Awards here, which covers books, toys, lifestyle, travel, food and much.
Congratulations to our winners!