Klaus Flugge Prize 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize 2018

Established in 2016, the Klaus Flugge Prize is awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s book illustration. It honours publisher Klaus Flugge, founder of children’s publisher Andersen Press and a supremely influential figure in picture books. The shortlist has just been announced, so read on for more about the prize and the books chosen.



2018 Shortlisted Titles

My Name is Not Refugee
Kate Milner
Shortlisted for the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award June 2017 Book of the Month Simple enough for the youngest child to understand and certain to prompt feelings of empathy in readers of all... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Big Box Little Box
Caryl Hart
Shortlisted for the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize | Colour and detail in Underwood's book are both very pleasing indeed; graphically it is a stand-out picture book with superb use of colour and composition. There's a slight sense of Lynley Dodd... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Paperback | Released 10/08/2017
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The Real Boat
Marina Aromshtam
Shortlisted for the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize | There are absolutely beautiful illustrations within the book, some of them exquisitely good, and the judges are excited to see what Semyinka will do next. They particularly admire the skilful change of... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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Curiosity The Story of a Mars Rover
Markus Motum
Shortlisted for the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize | Motum is definitely an illustrator to watch. Though this is an information book, you feel there is a story being told, with pace and animation. His work reminded the Klaus Flugge judges... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2017
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The Night Box
Louise Greig
Shortlisted for the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize | Max has a key and a box of midnight blue. When he turns the key in the lock - WHOOSH! Day slips inside as Night sweeps out. Darkness tumbles into the air.... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/06/2017
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Past Winners

The Journey
Francesca Sanna
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Winner for the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize | Winner of the UKLA 2017 Book Award | Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 and awarded the Amnesty CILIP Honour | ... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/04/2016
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Hector and Hummingbird
Nicholas John Frith
Winner of the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize, an important new illustration prize for children's books. Hector the bear likes a bit of peace and quiet, but his best friend Hummingbird just can't stop talking. What's to do? With its retro... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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Julia Eccleshare, chair of the judges: “Our expert judges were presented with a very varied set of picture books and have selected a shortlist that feels exciting and full of potential. These are five talented illustrators and five highly original picture books. Each artist, in their different way, successfully guides readers into and through the stories they are telling via their illustration. We were delighted once again to announce the list live at a special event; picture book illustration, as championed by Klaus Flugge throughout his career, deserves proper recognition as an important and vital art form.”

The Klaus Flugge Prize was founded to honour publisher Klaus Flugge, a supremely influential figure in picture books, who this year celebrates the 40th anniversary of his publishing house Andersen Press. Klaus Flugge discovered and nurtured many of today's most distinguished illustrators including Chris Riddell, fellow judge Tony Ross, and David McKee, creator of Elmer the Elephant.

Mark Hendle, Managing Director of Andersen Press said, ‘Over his long career, Klaus has discovered and nurtured countless talented illustrators, and it is extremely fitting that he has decided to establish a prize that recognises and celebrates exciting new talent in children's illustrated books.’

The judges for the 2018 prize are

Lauren Child, Children’s Laureate and acclaimed illustrator

Francesca Sanna, 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize winner

Goldy Broad leading art director

Charlotte Colwill, head of children’s books at Foyles,

The panel will be chaired by our own expert reviewer and children's books editor of the Guardian Julia Eccleshare.

The winner of the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration was The Journey by Francesca Sanna.

Judge, Julia Eccleshare said: ‘Francesca’s subject in The Journey is war and its devastating effect on families caught up in it. Through words and pictures working perfectly together she tells her story in a way that will move all readers whatever their age.'

The 2018 winner will be announced in September and the winning illustrator will receive a cheque for £5,000.

Find more information www.andersenpress.co.uk/KlausFluggePrize


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