Strength and vibrancy of contemporary illustration for children brilliantly demonstrated by the shortlist for the 2020 Klaus Flugge Prize.
Feisty chickens, falling stars, family, Darwin and the deepest emotions – all are subjects for the shortlisted books, which amply demonstrate the extraordinary strength of current picture book publishing. Their illustrators rework traditional styles such as the counting book, information book, search and find; they reinvigorate traditional illustration techniques; explore complex emotions for the very young; and one takes us on a high-drama dash through a department store. This year, three of the five shortlisted illustrators are graduates of the Children’s Book Illustration MA at the Cambridge School of Art.
The shortlist in full;
When Sadness Comes to Call, Eva Eland, editor Libby Hamilton, designer Rebecca Garrill (Andersen Press)
The Star in the Forest, Helen Kellock, editor Anna Ridley, designer Aaron Hayden (Thames & Hudson)
Where is Your Sister?, Puck Koper, editor Suzanne Carnell, designer Jo Spooner (Two Hoots)
On the Origin of Species, Sabina Radeva, editor Anna Barnes Robinson, designer Keren Greenfeld (Puffin)
One Fox: A Counting Thriller Book, Kate Read, editor Suzanne Carnell, designer Jo Spooner
Julia Eccleshare, Chair of the Judges, said: “Our shortlist demonstrates the vibrancy of contemporary illustration for children. Here are five very different books – the illustrators have different styles, use different techniques and have different intentions, but each achieves exactly what they set out to do with pictures that perfectly tell their stories. The Klaus Flugge Prize has already highlighted many talented illustrators and in the fifth year of this important award, we’re delighted to have another extremely strong and eye-catching shortlist.”
The Klaus Flugge Prize was founded to honour publisher Klaus Flugge, a supremely influential figure in picture books, who this year celebrates the 42nd 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 2020 prize are:
Mini Grey, award-winning illustrator
Jessica Love, 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize winner
Meera Ghanshamdas, bookseller at Moon Lane Ink
Jake Hope, children’s book consultant
Pam Smy of Anglia Ruskin University,
The panel is chaired by our own LoveReading4Kids expert reviewer, Julia Eccleshare.
The winner of the Klaus Flugge Prize in 2019 was Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (Walker Books) : a joyful, positive story that adroitly questions gender stereotypes, it has been described as barrier-breaking and was also shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.
Klaus Flugge judge, former Children’s Laureate and multi-award-winning illustrator Anthony Browne said: “Julian is a Mermaid is an astonishingly beautiful book. It’s amazing to realise this is Jessica Love’s first attempt. She has quickly realised how picture books work - the understated words fit so brilliantly with the stunning illustrations, never getting in the way, never trying to do the same job. It’s a perfect picture book.”
The shortlist was due to be announced at a live event at Foyles Charing Cross Road on Tuesday 19th May. Instead, judge and 2019 winner Jessica Love announced the shortlist live via social media. The winner will be revealed on Wednesday 16th September 2020 and will receive a cheque for £5,000.
Find more information www.andersenpress.co.uk/KlausFluggePrize