Strength and vibrancy of contemporary illustration for children brilliantly demonstrated by the shortlist for the 2020 Klaus Flugge Prize

  • Fifth year of the award founded to highlight the most promising and exciting newcomers to picture book illustration
  • Award-winning illustrator Mini Grey and 2019 winner Jessica Love among judges
  • Strong showing for graduates of Anglia Ruskin Cambridge School of Art

The shortlist for the Klaus Flugge Prize is announced today (Tuesday 19 May). 2020 is the fifth year of the prize, which 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 sixteen picture books by debut illustrators, the panel of judges comprising award-winning illustrator Mini Grey; Jessica Love, 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize winner; Meera Ghanshamdas, bookseller at Moon Lane Ink; children’s book consultant Jake Hope; and Pam Smy of Anglia Ruskin University, have chosen five to shortlist.

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.

Click here to see the 2020 shortlist in full.

Chair of the judges Julia Eccleshare 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 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 will announce the shortlist live via social media. The winner will be revealed on Wednesday 16th September 2020 and will receive a cheque for £5,000.

For more information, interview requests and images contact Andrea Reece
020 8889 1292/ 07807893369

Visit the Klaus Flugge Prize YouTube channel to browse artwork and new books by previous winners, and to take a look into the sketchbooks of the illustrators on the 2020 shortlist.


The Klaus Flugge Prize is funded personally by Klaus Flugge and run independently of Andersen Press.

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