The shortlist for the 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize was announced live last night to a full house in the event space at Foyles
The shortlist is:
The Extraordinary Gardener, Sam Boughton (Tate)
Editor Holly Tonks, designer Ness Wood
Looking After Daddy, Eve Coy (Andersen Press)
Editor Libby Hamilton, designer Rebecca Garrill
The King Who Banned the Dark, Emily Haworth-Booth (Pavilion Children’s Books)
Editor Neil Dunnicliffe, designer Lee-May Lim
I Can Fly, Fifi Kuo, editor Leilani Sparrow (Boxer Books)
Designer David Bennett
Julian is a Mermaid, Jessica Love (Walker Books)
Editor Tanya Rosie, art director Deirdre McDermott
Red and the City, Marie Voigt (Oxford)
Editor Peter Marley, designer Kate Adams
Before the announcement, Klaus Flugge Prize judge, and former Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Anthony Browne discussed his career as an illustrator with Julia Eccleshare, from his first drawings (a pair of pirates escaping a schoolboy’s sock) to his brand new book, Little Frida: A Story of Frida Kahlo, which he said is a book he’s wanted to write for 15 years.
Eleven of the twenty illustrators longlisted for the award attended the event, and Julia Eccleshare commented on the quality of the list, which demonstrates the rich variety of work that is currently appearing in our bookshops, both in terms of content and stylistic approach.
The Klaus Flugge Prize recognises a published picture book by a debut illustrator; the winning illustrator receives a cheque for £5,000. The Klaus Flugge Prize is funded by Klaus Flugge and run independently of Andersen Press.
Pictured (l-r): Anthony Browne, Marie Voigt, Fifi Kuo, Eve Coy, Klaus Flugge, Sam Boughton, 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize winner Kate Milner