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Klaus Flugge Prize 2019

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.

2019 Shortlisted Titles

Worlds less ordinary: six outstanding debut picture books celebrating children’s imagination and potential, family love, and freedom of expression on the shortlist for the 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize.

For the first time, the Klaus Flugge Prize has an all-female shortlist and we think it’s a particularly strong and interesting one. The shortlisted books have very different subjects: a penguin and a king; a mermaid and a beginner gardener; Little Red Riding Hood and a girl looking after her daddy. Recurring themes however are the power of a child’s imagination and the importance of family and love, while there are also subtly delivered, positive messages about the right to self-expression (Julian is a Mermaid) and about contemporary society (The King Who Banned the Dark, Red and the City). The contemporary picturebook has increasingly become a vehicle for strong messages and themes in relation to issues of our time but whether dealing with social, environmental or political themes, each of the books on this list deals with its subject with lightness of touch and an element of humour.

The shortlist in full;

The Extraordinary Gardener by Sam Boughton (Tate)

Looking After Daddy by Eve Coy (Andersen Press)

The King Who Banned the Dark by Emily Haworth-Booth (Pavilion Children’s Books)

I Can Fly by Fifi Kuo (Boxer Books)

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (Walker Books)

Red and the City by Marie Voigt (Oxford)

Julia Eccleshare, chair of the judges: “Our 2019 shortlist is very exciting and represents the range of talent and skill in today’s new picture book illustrators. It also perfectly demonstrates how much picture books give children – reassurance, knowledge and understanding of themselves and the word as well as that first appreciation of art and realisation that images can tell us more than words. We are pleased too that the list is once again international, with illustrators from Germany, Taiwan and the US represented alongside British talent. It’s a list worthy of Klaus Flugge who has always nurtured new talent and understands the power of picture books to open up the world for children.”

The Klaus Flugge Prize was founded to honour publisher Klaus Flugge, a supremely influential figure in picture books, who this year celebrates the 41st 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.

The judges for the 2019 prize are

Anthony Browne, former Waterstones Children’s Laureate and preeminent illustrator

Kate Milner, 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize winner

Derek Brazell, the Association of Illustrators

Billiejo Carlisle, Seven Stories bookseller

Farrah Serroukh, Learning Programme Leader at CLPE (Centre for Literary in Primary Education)

The panel will be chaired by our own LoveReading4Kids expert reviewer, Julia Eccleshare.

The winner of the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration was My Name is Not Refugee by Kate Milner.

Klaus Flugge Prize Judge, Children’s Laureate Lauren Child said: “The questions My Name is Not Refugee asks us to consider help us to think ourselves into someone else’s shoes. And the illustrations do just what they should, allowing the reader time to contemplate the predicament of the storybook child, a chance to imagine and to empathize.”

The 2019 winner will be announced on Wednesday 11th September and the winning illustrator will receive a cheque for £5,000.

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