Klaus Flugge Prize 2018
The Klaus Flugge Prize for most exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration awarded to Kate Milner for My Name is Not Refugee
Kate Milner has won the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. She won for her book My Name is Not Refugee (Barrington Stoke), which follows a young boy as he and his mother set out from their home to find somewhere safe to live.
Winning the Klaus Flugge Prize marks her out as an important and extremely talented illustrator with a very special gift for creating picture books.
The Klaus Flugge Prize was founded to honour publisher Klaus Flugge, a supremely influential figure in picture books. Flugge set up Andersen Press in 1976 and has discovered and nurtured many of today's most distinguished illustrators including David McKee, Tony Ross, Satoshi Kitamura and Susan Varley.
Victoria Semykina was awarded Highly Commended for her illustrations for The Real Boat (Templar). Lauren Child said: “Here is illustration that is not only exquisitely decorative but also uses the page to great effect. There are many original viewpoints, crops and changes of scale and these beautifully carry the reader across the storybook seas."
Kate Milner received her award at a ceremony in London on Wednesday 12th September 2017 and was presented with a cheque for £5,000 by Lauren Child.
Alongside Lauren Child, the judges were Goldy Broad, Charlotte Colwill, of Foyles bookshop and 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize winner Francesca Sanna. Julia Eccleshare, director of the Children’s Programme at the Hay Festival, is Chair of the Judges.
The Klaus Flugge Prize is funded personally by Klaus Flugge and run independently of Andersen Press.