Actress Gillian Anderson will be on the judging panel for this year’s Oscar’s First Book Prize, which awards the best first book for children aged five or under published in 2014.
The £5,000 prize was set up by the Evening Standard last year in memory of Oscar Ashton, the son of the paper’s executive editor and columnist James Ashton, who died in 2012 at the age of three-and-a-half from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It is sponsored by Waitrose.
Anderson joins Dame Marjorie Scardino, former c.e.o. of Pearson, Rupert Thomas, marketing director of Waitrose, and Oscar’s parents, James Ashton and Viveka Alvestrand, on this year’s panel of judges.