Boxes for a cat, and a box holding the Night; the story of a Mars explorer, and the adventures of a paper boat; a child seeking a new home: five original picture books by talented debut illustrators make the shortlist for the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize

  • Third year of the award founded to honour Klaus Flugge, the man behind classic picture books including Elmer the Elephant and the Little Princess
  • Children’s Laureate Lauren Child and 2017 winner Francesca Sanna among judges
  • Shortlist announced live at special event at Foyles Charing Cross Road

Today (Wednesday 16 May) the shortlist for the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize is revealed. Set up to honour publisher Klaus Flugge, founder of Andersen Press and a key figure in children’s picture books, this important new award, now in its third year, is for the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration.

From a longlist of fifteen picture books by debut illustrators, a panel of judges comprising Children’s Laureate and acclaimed illustrator Lauren Child; Francesca Sanna, 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize winner; leading art director Goldy Broad; and Charlotte Colwill, head of children’s books at Foyles, selected a shortlist of five.

The shortlist includes a wide range of subjects, including true stories as well as domestic and magical adventure, while the range of artistic techniques is equally varied.

Click here to see the shortlist in full.

Chair of the judges Julia Eccleshare said: “Our expert judges were presented with a very varied set of picture books and have selected a shortlist that feels exciting and full of potential. These are five talented illustrators and five highly original picture books. Each artist, in their different way, successfully guides readers into and through the stories they are telling via their illustration. We were delighted once again to announce the list live at a special event; picture book illustration, as championed by Klaus Flugge throughout his career, deserves proper recognition as an important and vital art form.”

The winner will be revealed at an award ceremony in London on Wednesday 12th September 2018 and will receive a cheque for £5,000.

The shortlist was announced by Lauren Child at a special event at Foyles Charing Cross Road. Before the announcement Lauren discussed contemporary picture book illustration in front of the live audience with Julia Eccleshare.

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

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