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. The five books are:
The Night Box, Ashling Lindsay (Egmont)
Written by Louise Greig, editor Melissa Fairley, art editor Tiffany Leeson
My Name is Not Refugee, Kate Milner, (Barrington Stoke)
Editor Emma Hargrave, art editor Julie-Ann Murray
Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover, Markus Motum, (Walker Studio)
Editor Denise Johnstone-Burt, art editor Louise Jackson
The Real Boat, Victoria Semykina, (Templar)
Written by Marina Aromshtam, editors Katie Howarth & Lisa Edwards, art editor Genevieve
Webster and Maya Schleifer
Big Box, Little Box, Edward Underwood (Bloomsbury)
Editor Emma Blackburn
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 her own picture book illustration in front of the live audience with Julia Eccleshare.