The winner of this year’s Macmillan Prize for illustration is Bethan Woollvin, a student from the Cambridge School of Art.
Macmillan Children’s Books awarded the top prize to Woollvin for her illustration of Little Red Riding Hood.
Chris Inns, picture books art director at MCB, said: “Bethan’s entry was the unanimous winner, all of the judges agreed on this as the strongest entry. This is confident, bold storytelling that’s beautifully crafted and put together into a satisfying and complete jewel of a book.”
Second prize went to Matt Robertson, while joint winners of the third prize were Louis Craig Carpenter and Morag Hood.
Interview with Oliver Jeffers on Flic Magazine, by Sarah Maclean
How do you divide your concentration?
I write a lot of lists and give myself deadlines, even when there’s not one I’ll force one on myself, and I’ll travel backwards from dates.
Is your mind always thinking and churning on your work and stories?
Yes very much so. Normally I’ll have a notebook in my pocket and will write down ideas as soon as they occur, or think of a better solution for something. Wherever I am I’ll always do it. For me I have to log everything down because of how good an idea it might be as everything in my head has got an equal chance of being forgotten. My hands struggle to keep up with my head at the best of times. So it’s very important to document.
Guardian slideshow of John Burningham’s animal illustrations from his picture books.
Leading off with a scene from his new book, The Way to The Zoo, the original drawing for which is a prize in a giveaway competition. Entry details in the link…
John Burningham has created some of the sweetest characters in children’s books over the past 50 years – here we celebrate some of his most beautiful animals, from Courtney the dog to Malcolm in It’s a Secret to the many fabulous animals in his new book The Way to the Zoo.
Jon Klassen and Candlewick have reason to celebrate. Just two and a half years after the author-illustrator made his solo children’s book debut in 2011 with I Want My Hat Back, that picture book and its companion, 2012’s This Is Not My Hat, have reached a combined worldwide in-print tally of one million copies. Edited by Candlewick editorial director and associate publisher Liz Bicknell and designed by art director Ann Stott, the two books have been translated into a combined total of 22 languages, including Japanese, Hebrew, Catalan, Finnish, Greek, and Tetum (spoken on the island of Timor).
Mr Wuffles is of my favourite picture books. I already have it packed in my bag today to use with some 5/6 year olds.
On Friday, its creator, David Wiesner, will deliver the annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, at the North Central High SchoolAuditorium. Here’s a link to a Q&A from the IndyStar…
David Wiesner prides himself on being known as “the kid who could draw” in elementary school. His third-grade teacher sent home a note to his parents, saying their son would rather be drawing than doing school work.
It would have come as no surprise, then, thatWiesner grew up to be a children’s book author, producing beloved titles such as “Flotsam” and “Mr. Wuffles!” The Philadelphia-based illustrator has won three Caldecott Medals, only the second person in history to achieve that hat trick.
Rosemary Goring interviews Eric Carle for HeraldScotland
RG: Has the world of illustrated books changed much in 45 years?
EC: The biggest change in my lifetime has been the advent of the computer in the world of publishing. It has changed everything from the editing of the text to the laying out of the book and now some illustrators are using computer programs to actually create the illustrations right on the computer screen; something I will have a hard time doing. But, for a book to work, the basic ingredients remain the same: good ideas, good design and quality materials.
BBC video featuring illustrator Emma Levey:
Illustrator Emma Levey has been drawing all her life, getting her inspiration from the animals that occupied her childhood home.
Now 28, she has just had her first book published, and has more deals in the pipeline.
BBC News visited Emma at home in south Wales to see how she brought her imagination to the page.
A gallery of ten Goosebump covers:
R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books have long been a staple for horror-loving children. Like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, the series introduced a lot of us to the macabre with (mostly) age appropriate tales of terror. As many as 46 books from the franchise have been ranked among the best selling children’s books of all time, and the stories have been adapted for television, with a Goosebumps feature film in the works.
For some fans, the covers of these beloved books are the best part: Tim Jacobus, illustrator of the original series, is a talented artist who brought Stine’s stories to life with menacing zeal. So in celebration of one of the most enjoyable children’s series of all time, we’ve collected ten of the most ridiculously awesome book covers from the original Goosebumps book series.
all 10 covers shown here: Ten of the Creepiest Book Covers from R.L. Stine's 'Goosebumps' | List | FEARNET.
Our link to The Times obituary for Erik Blegvald has been visited an extraordinary number of times, so here is another death notice just posted on a provincial American news site:
The wide-ranging artist was a native of Denmark who studied at the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts before developing his reputation in the New York and Paris publishing worlds.
He worked as a commercial illustrator and developed a sophisticated pen-and-ink style that seemed perfectly suited for children’s books.
Among his best known works are the illustrations for “Bed-Knob and Broomstick,” “The Tenth Good Thing About Barney” and his own translation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “Stories and Fairy Tales.”
He also collaborated with his wife, Lenore Blegvad, who wrote numerous children’s books that he illustrated until her death in 2008, and his lifelong friend, fellow Dane N.M. Bodecker. Blegvad published his own memoir, “Self Portrait,” in 1979.
Critics were often entranced by his work and seemed to run out of adjectives praising his drawings, often falling back on “witty” and “charming.” A 1996 review in The Washington Post called him a “modern master” for his illustration of Andersen’s famous tales.
The Sebastian Walker Award was created to celebrate new talent in children’s illustration and is run in collaboration with the MA course in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University. The winner of the 2014 award will be announced at a private view of the MA graduates’ work on Thursday 13th February at Candid Gallery, 5 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ. An exhibition at the gallery will run from 11th- 15th February 2014. The work will also be exhibited at the Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
About The Award
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Sebastian Walker’s death in 2011, Walker Books established a brand new illustration award for students in his memory. The award is run in collaboration with the MA course in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University. Walker Books Picture Book Publisher Deirdre McDermott heads up the award alongside Martin Salisbury, Professor of Illustration at Cambridge School of Art.
About Walker Books UK
Walker is the world’s leading, employee-owned independent publisher of children’s books. Working with the best authors and illustrators, Walker Books is renowned for its truly original publishing and outstanding quality. Home to books for all ages, Walker Books publishes many award-winning authors, illustrators and brands including Anthony Horowitz, Cassandra Clare, Lucy Cousins, Anthony Browne, Polly Dunbar, Mal Peet, Patrick Ness and Where’s Wally? Walker’s licensing division manages licensing activity across several Walker brands including Maisy and all other Lucy Cousins properties, Guess How Much I Love You and new property Tilly and Friends.