Shortlist announced for the 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize
Worlds less ordinary: six outstanding debut picture books celebrating children’s imagination and potential, family love, and freedom of expression on the shortlist for the 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize
- All female shortlist in the fourth year of the award founded to highlight the most promising and exciting newcomers to picture book illustration
- Former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne and 2018 winner Kate Milner among judges
- Shortlist announced live at special event at Foyles Charing Cross Road
The shortlist for the 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize will be announced at a live event at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London on the evening of Wednesday 15th May. Set up to honour publisher Klaus Flugge, founder of Andersen Press and one of the most important and influential figures in children’s picture books, this important new award is for the most promising and exciting newcomer to picture book illustration.
From a longlist of twenty picture books by debut illustrators, a panel of judges comprising former Waterstones Children’s Laureate and preeminent illustrator Anthony Browne; Kate Milner, 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize winner; Derek Brazell, of the Association of Illustrators; Seven Stories bookseller Billiejo Carlisle; and Farrah Serroukh, Learning Programme Leader at CLPE (Centre for Literary in Primary Education), have chosen a shortlist of six.
The shortlisted books have very different subjects: a penguin and a king; a mermaid and a beginner gardener; Little Red Riding Hood and a girl looking after her daddy. Recurring themes however are the power of a child’s imagination and the importance of family and love, while there are also subtly delivered, positive messages about the right to self-expression and about contemporary society.
Chair of the judges Julia Eccleshare said: “Our 2019 shortlist is very exciting and represents the range of talent and skill in today’s new picture book illustrators. It also perfectly demonstrates how much picture books give children – reassurance, knowledge and understanding of themselves and the word as well as that first appreciation of art and realisation that images can tell us more than words. We are pleased too that the list is once again international, with illustrators from Germany, Taiwan and the US represented alongside British talent. It’s a list worthy of Klaus Flugge who has always nurtured new talent and understands the power of picture books to open up the world for children.”
The winner will be revealed at an award ceremony in London on Wednesday 11th September 2019 and will receive a cheque for £5,000.
The shortlist will be announced by Anthony Browne at a special event at Foyles Charing Cross Road. Before the announcement Anthony will discuss his career in front of a live audience with Julia Eccleshare.