The Bear and the Piano Wins Waterstones Children's Award

March 21, 2016
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield was the winner of the Best Illustrated Book in Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016 competition. The Frances Lincoln Children's Books title was one of four main award winners in the competition recognizing new talent in children's books.

Waterstones called The Bear and The Piano "the launch of an incandescent new talent into the lively and always-surprising arena of the picture book. In a series of gorgeously rendered images, Litchfield manages to weave a properly-affecting tale of fulfilling dreams and the importance of friendship, all via an amazing bear that just happens to play the piano."

"Litchfield’s moving tale is full of light and shade, warmth and emotion," said Watersones Children's Book Buyer Florentyna Martin, "and the layers of beautifully detailed illustration make it a joy to read again and again."

Making the short list in the Illustrated Books category was another Frances Lincoln Children's Book title, The Crow's Tale , by Naomi Howarth.

The Waterstones Children's Book Prize is in its twelfth year of recognizing new and emerging talent for children's writing and illustration.