A story about a koala that hates change has won the £5000 Oscar’s Book Prize 2017.
The Koala Who Could by Rachel Bright and Jim Field won the prize for the best under-fives book at a ceremony in London on Monday night.
The award is named after Oscar Ashton who died from a heart condition in 2012 at the age of three and a half. It is supported by Amazon and the National Literacy Trust and aims to promote books that parents will love reading with young children.
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More than four decades after Richard Adams’s story about a rabbit apocalypse terrified children around the world, the author of Watership Down is hoping to release his first picture book for five-year-olds.
The Egg-box Dragon, which could be the 95-year-old author’s last published work, describes the adventures of a dragon made out of old egg cartons. To write the book, Adams, a great-grandfather, repeated the trick that prompted his global bestseller: he raided his back catalogue of tales invented to entertain his daughters during long car journeys and at bedtime.
Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell; Tony Ross, the UK’s biggest selling children’s illustrator; Professor Martin Salisbury of the Cambridge School of Art; and Ferelith Hordon, editor ofBooks for Keeps and IBBYLink will form the judging panel for the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize.
Julia Eccleshare, children’s books editor of the Guardian, will chair the panel.
An important new prize in the UK children’s book world, the Klaus Flugge Prize will be awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s book illustration. It honours publisher Klaus Flugge, a supremely influential figure in picture books, who this year celebrates the 40th anniversary of his publishing house Andersen Press.
Tony Ross said: “I am delighted to be a judge on this exciting and much-needed new award. UK publishers have an outstanding record in discovering and nurturing talented picture book artists, none more so than Klaus Flugge, who has been hugely important in my career and that of so many other picture book creators. It’s wonderful that this award recognises Klaus’s unique contribution and will boost the careers of new illustrators.”
Call for Submissions
Publishers are now invited to submit for the award (for picture books first published on a children’s list in the UK in 2015).
Publishers can submit up to five books from each of their picture book imprints. Books should be the illustrator’s first picture book for children.
The deadline for submissions is 18th March 2016. Criteria are attached and full details and the submission form are available on the prize website www.klausfluggeprize.co.uk.
The shortlist will be announced on 18th May 2016 and the winner will be revealed in September 2016.
This book published in August but officially launched just yesterday at an event and talk held at the Royal College of Art, is aimed at anyone, young or old, who fancies getting a handle on the theory and practice of art in 40 quick, accessible lessons. The audience yesterday consisted of a large number of Royal College of Art students, each of whom will be studying and practising these self-same concepts and techniques, albeit to a much deeper, more intense degree.
The book itself, produced by Wide Eye Editions to their usual high standards of production (the illustrations are by Daniel Frost), is quite wordy, so realistically is best given to children old enough to have developed reading fluency. It would certainly be very useful for KS2 primary teachers, both for helping them to become more able to teach art and design terms and techniques with increased confidence.
Although the text is written by one author, Professor Teal Triggs of the RCA (who has other books on art puvblished by Taschen), the conceit is that the 40 lessons it contains are delivered, usually jointly, by five different Professors: the professor of ideas (female); the professor of form (male); the professor of senses (male); the professor of making (female); with the fifth and last professor providing some politically correct ballast. The (male) ‘professor of the planet’ champions “ways in which art and design can improve people’s lives and protect our planet for future generations”.
“Part picture book, part nonfiction guide, this playful hybrid offers a wide-ranging and engaging introduction to core elements that go into the creation of art.” Publishers Weekly
Michael Hall is the New York Times bestselling author of MY HEART IS LIKE A ZOO as well as the acclaimed PERFECT SQUARE, IT’S AN ORANGE AARDVARK, and CAT TALE. With his wife, Debra, he ran the design firm Hall Kelley for many years before becoming an author. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
For what age audience do you write?
I write picture books that are primarily aimed at three- to eight-year-old children. But I try to make books that have something for all ages.
Tell us about your latest book.
RED: A CRAYON’S STORY is about a blue crayon with a red label. Red tries valiantly to draw red fire engines, strawberries, and hearts — even his own self portrait. But despite his best efforts, and despite all the well meaning help from his family and friends, all his drawings come out blue.
When a new crayon asks for a favor, Red discovers what was obvious to readers from page one: He is blue. He goes on to be quite successful and prolific.
I sat down this morning with my 11 o’clock espresso and spent some time browsing through the Autumn Catalogue of the Quarto Publishing Group. When I came to the section for Frances Lincoln Books I stopped on p80 and thought to myself, “Ooh, this looks interesting – hope I’ve been sent a review copy.” So up I get and look at my pile of recently received picture books. Yes! It was there. And what a wonderful debut it is.
Felix Massie is a London-based award-winning animator and illustrator. He designed the short, animated trailer for the book:
Massie’s illustration style is disarmingly simple, but perfectly suited to this rhyimng tale about a young boy who is fine, until he starts to speak, when all his words come out garbled, as if they have been written upside-down. The doctor recommends a straightforward remedy to Terry’s mother. Turn the boy himself upside-down and then the words should come out the right way. Which they do. But all is not well. Now he can talk. But can’t walk. He has to be pushed around in a trolley. He is teased mercillessly at playschool. Then a girl called Jenny befriends him at a playground. She is hanging upside down on the monkey bars, and when she means to say “Boo!” it comes out as “Poo!”and Terry finds himself laughing for the first time since being turned upside down.
It’s an amusing story about being different and will be especially helpful to parents of young children who have speech difficulties.
Massie is already signed up to create a second picture book for FL which will be called George Pearce and his Huge Massive Ears.
Emmy Award-winning actor Julianna Margulies (E.R.; The Good Wife) will step into the publishing limelight in May 2016, when Random House Children’s Books publishes her debut picture book, Three Magic Balloons. Editorial director Maria Modugno acquired and edited the book, based on a story that Margulies’s father, Paul Margulies, originally wrote for his three young daughters.
Andersen Press have announced the acquisition of a new picture book from Dan Ungureanu, just awarded the Student Runner-Up prize at the V&A Illustration Awards.
Nara and the Island, the book based on his award-winning artwork, will be published in Spring 2016.
All of the winning art works are on display at the V&A Museum until 2nd August 2015.
Dan is a recent graduate of Cambridge School of Art’s MA in Children’s Book Illustration, and has already been Highly Commended in the prestigious Macmillan Prize for Children’s Picture Book Illustration 2014.
Libby Hamilton, Editorial Director for Picture Books at Andersen Press, who acquired world rights to Dan Ungureanu’s author-illustrator debut says: “I fell in love with the same piece that has won Dan his V&A award, and when I discovered his lyrical storytelling, I was hooked. We are very excited to be fostering such an exceptional new talent in the world of picture books.”
It’s one of the most popular children’s books of all time, selling over 28 million copies to date in 53 languages. For the past two decades Guess How Much I Love You has captured the tender bond between parents and children everywhere.
What many parents don’t realise, however, is that the universal story, which reappeared this week in a special 20th anniversary edition, was written by a man from Northern Ireland.
After 20 years, Sam McBratney’s endearing and universal story of Big and Little Nutbrown Hare, is still sharing its message of love with readers around the globe. It has become one of the world’s best-loved picture books.
It was written by Sam, a prolific author of books for older children, after his editor suggested he try writing his first picture book, with as few words as possible. The result was a simple story which has charmed generations of people of all ages, and come to signify a way of saying ‘ I love you’ for millions.
First published in 1994, Guess How Much I Love You has been a children’s favourite ever since. But increasingly the book has also become popular with adults as a gift for weddings, Valentine’s Day and special occasions. The timeless story has become a way of telling someone of any age how much you love them.
As well as the special anniversary edition of the book, the publisher is also bringing out a slip-cased, heart-shaped edition next week aimed at romantic adults.
Let us hope that this is just the first of Melanie Rutten’s books to be translated into English, because I want to be able to appreciate absolutely everything she creates. This book – broadly about growing in confidence and becoming independent, but about much else along the way – has that surreal, quirky individuality which I thrill at discovering in a picture book. The book’s cast – a rabbit, a stag, a soldier, a cat, a book and a shadow – are each given their own ‘chapters’ as the story unfolds whilst Rutten’s watercolour illustrations complement the narrative seamlessly. She uses lots of smaller illustrations as well as pagespreads and the book has been sumptuously designed and printed on thick paper by the New Zealand publisher, Book Island.
One to make a point of asking to look at whenever you are in a bookshop – and if the shop isn’t stocking it you should tell them that they absolutely must!