A counter to COVID: the year’s best new picture book illustrators bring children love, warmth and reassurance

Old friends, new friends, peace and security fill the five books shortlisted for the 2021 Klaus Flugge Prize

  • Shortlist announced for the award that highlights the most promising and exciting newcomers to picture book illustration
  • Iconic cartoonist Posy Simmonds and 2020 winner Eva Eland among judges
  • Messages of friendship and belonging explored via richly varied illustration styles

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The shortlist for the Klaus Flugge Prize is announced today (Wednesday 19 May). Established in 2016, the prize was set up to honour Klaus Flugge, founder of Andersen Press and an extremely influential figure in children’s picture books. It is awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration.

From a longlist of twenty picture books by debut illustrators, the panel of judges comprising award-winning illustrator Posy Simmonds; Eva Eland, 2020 Klaus Flugge Prize winner; Darryl Clifton, Illustration Programme Director at Camberwell College of Arts; Fleur Sinclair, owner of Sevenoaks Bookshop; and Mat Tobin of Oxford Brookes University, have chosen five to shortlist.

The five books couldn’t be more different in illustration style but, countering our experiences of the past year, find creative ways to portray love and friendship, security and comfort to the very young. The five shortlisted books are

Chair of the judges Julia Eccleshare said: “It is always fascinating to examine the books that make up the shortlist for the Klaus Flugge Prize. These five superb books provide a creative counter to the anxieties of the past year, the illustrations conveying a strong sense of comfort, reassurance and joy that even those too young to read will understand. The shortlist is testament to the illustrators’ skill as artists and to the special ability of picture books to define a young child’s world.”

Click here to see the shortlist in full.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 15 September 2021 and will receive a cheque for £5,000.

For more information, interview requests and images contact Andrea Reece
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The Klaus Flugge Prize is funded personally by Klaus Flugge and run independently of Andersen Press.

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