Klaus Flugge Prize 2018Klaus Flugge Prize 2018

My Name is Not Refugee by Kate Milner has won the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize! 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

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
Highly Commended, 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 scale... 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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My Name is Not Refugee
Kate Milner
Winner of 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: 7+ readers | 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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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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Judge, Children’s Laureate Lauren Child says: “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.”

Kate Milner said: “I felt absolutely amazed and delighted when I heard that I’d won. I was very, very pleased to be shortlisted but I explained to everyone at the time that there was absolutely no chance of me winning. I was quite clear about this. When I got the good news I was alone in the house apart from my son who was still asleep. I was beside myself with delight; he didn’t get to stay asleep long.

I have done all sorts of things in my working life. I have painted pub signs and made prints; been a teacher and a carer. I have always made images and thought up stories, but it was a job at the local library that changed everything for me: I fell in love with children’s books. Part of my job was to read to groups of pre-school children at Rhyme Time, which was an excellent way of discovering which books kept their attention, indeed which books kept my attention. I also helped with Chatterbooks and the Summer Reading Challenge, both of which involved talking to children about books. It was an education. We wondered why picture books contain lots of farm yard animals but no mobile phones, yet most children know all about mobile phones and have never met a lamb. We discussed whether Moody Margaret would beat My Naughty Little Sister in a fight, and we decided she definitely would. Despite my great age, I am, in many ways, about eight years old, and I still love to draw and make up stories. Becoming part of the world of children’s book feels like coming home.”

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 were

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 winning illustrator received a cheque for £5,000.

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


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