The longlist for the 2020 Klaus Flugge Prize is announced today.
Now in its fifth year, the Klaus Flugge Prize is awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. It honours Klaus Flugge, founder of publisher Andersen Press and a supremely influential figure in picture books.
The judges for the 2020 prize are
- Mini Grey
- Meera Ghanshamdas, bookseller at Moon Lane Ink
- Jake Hope
- Pam Smy
- Jessica Love (2019 winner)
The panel will be chaired by Julia Eccleshare, director of the children’s programme of the Hay Festival.
The 2020 Klaus Flugge Prize longlist in full:
Look Up, Dapo Adeola, written by Nathan Bryan, editor Joe Marriott, designer Keren Greenfield (Puffin)
The Mist Monster, Kirsti Beautyman, editor Alison Green, designer Zoë Tucker (Alison Green Books)
Keith Among the Pigeons, Katie Brosnan, editor Sue Baker, designer Annie Kubler (Child’s Play)
Caspian Finds a Friend, Merrilees Brown, written by Jacqueline Veissid, editor Victoria Rock, designer Sara Gillingham (Chronicle Books)
Otto Blotter, Bird Spotter Graham Carter, editor Libby Hamilton, designer Rebecca Garrill (Andersen Press)
When Sadness Comes to Call, Eva Eland, editor Libby Hamilton, designer Rebecca Garrill (Andersen Press)
The Girl with Two Dads, Mel Elliott, editor Emma Dods, designer Abi Luffman (Egmont)
My Hair, Allen Fatimaharan, written by Hannah Lee, editor Alice Swan, designer Emma Eldridge (Faber & Faber)
The Star in the Forest, Helen Kellock, editor Anna Ridley, designer Aaron Hayden (Thames & Hudson)
Where is Your Sister?, Puck Koper, editor Suzanne Carnell, designer Jo Spooner (Two Hoots)
The Mole and the Hole, Brayden Kowalczuk, editor Katie Cotton, designer Zoë Tucker (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)
Incredible Jobs You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of, Natalie Labarre, editor Victoria England, designer Holly Phillips (Nosy Crow)
On the Origin of Species, Sabina Radeva, editor Anna Barnes Robinson, designer Keren Greenfield (Puffin)
I Saw a Bee, Rob Ramsden, editor Janice Thomson, designer Goldy Broad (Scallywag Press)
One Fox: A Counting Thriller Book, Kate Read, editor Suzanne Carnell, designer Jo Spooner (Two Hoots)
Collecting Cats, Lorna Scobie, editors Sophie Cashell & Linas Alsenas, designer Strawberrie Donnelly (Scholastic)
The shortlist will be announced on 19 May 2020 by Mini Grey at a special public event at Foyles Charing Cross Road and the winner will be revealed on 16 September 2020.
More about the judges:
Born in a mini car in a car park in South Wales, Mini Grey worked as a theatre designer, then a primary school teacher, before studying for an MA in sequential design at Brighton University.
Mini’s first picture book for children, Egg Drop, a surreal story of an egg that dreams of being able to fly, was published in 2002. It established her as both a visually exciting illustrator of detailed, colourful artwork and a highly accomplished storyteller, who often narrates from an unusual, often edible, point of view, such as that of the pea in The Pea and the Princess (2003) the biscuit in Biscuit Bear (2004) – (winner of Nestlé Smarties Gold) – and the spoon in The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon (winner of the Kate Greenaway Award 2007). Traction Man is Here (2005) won the 2005 Boston Horn Book Award. Mini’s version of Hilaire Belloc’s cautionary tale of Jim (who runs away from his nurse and gets eaten by a lion) was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2011. Other books by Mini include Hermelin, the story of a typing mouse detective, Space Dog, an intergalactic canine/feline romp set in the Outer Spooniverse, and The Bad Bunnies’ Magic Show. Her new book, Money-Go-Round, written by Roger McGough, will be published in February 2020.
Meera Ghanshamdas is the manager at Moon Lane Ink CIC, a social enterprise dedicated to raising equality in children’s books. Meera is passionate about driving forward change and progressing the conversation with regards to diversity and inclusion. She has spoken publicly at various institutions and conferences about diversity and managing a community interest company. Born in Hong Kong, she has lived in five countries, across three continents, before settling to live in London. Meera has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins.
Named as one of the UK’s top librarians of the future in the national Love Libraries campaign, Jake Hope is chair of the working party for Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, a post which oversees the running and strategic development of the awards. He is a children’s book and reading development consultant and has written extensively including chapters on books about reading development, the School Library Association publication around diversity and inclusion and previews for leading trade magazine The Bookseller. He is currently working on Seeing Sense, a book about visual literacy. Jake enjoys working creatively, has strong network links across the book trade and reading sector and is passionate about children’s books and promoting a love of reading and writing with young people and their families.
Jessica Love won the 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize for her book Julian Is a Mermaid (Walker Books). She is an illustrator and a New York–based actor. She has a BA in studio art from the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as a graduate degree from Juilliard. Jessica will revisit the world of her character Julian in Julian at the Wedding, releasing in October 2020.
Pam Smy has illustrated folktales, chapter books, nursery rhyme collections, picture books and novels, and now specialises in older end fiction. Pam’s first novel, Thornhill, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Prize and the Kate Greenaway Award in 2018. She has 18 years of art school teaching experience and has a passion for observational drawing and sketchbooks.