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Julia Eccleshare, chair of the judges: ‘The Klaus Flugge Prize is all about celebrating picture book illustration and putting exciting new talent in the spotlight. We are delighted to be announcing the shortlist live at this very special Foyles event and to have such a stellar panel of speakers. This will be an unmissable event for all those interested in children’s picture book illustration.’ The 2017 Winner and Shortlisted books:

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 2017 prize are

Axel Scheffler, multi-million selling illustrator of The Gruffalo;

Nicolette Jones, children’s books editor of the Sunday Times;

Tamara Macfarlane, owner of Tales on Moon Lane children’s bookshop;

and last year’s winner Nicholas John Frith.

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

The winner of the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration was Nicholas John Frith for Hector and Hummingbird.

Judge, Chris Riddell said ‘We were particularly impressed with the way Nicholas John Frith creates the characters of Hector and Hummingbird through his illustrations, and the relationship between them is completely convincing. It’s certainly a very stylish book to look at, but the characterisation won it for us. Children will love these two heroes, it’s a book with heart!’

The 2017 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