Giveaway: Klaus Flugge Prize Shortlist

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We are so excited to host a giveaway for the six shortlisted books on the Klaus Flugge Prize 2019 shortlist. Read on for more information about the award and details about how to enter the giveaway.

The Klaus Flugge Prize is a children's book award that celebrates picture books by a debut illustrator. The award was founded to highlight some of the most exciting newcomers to picture book illustration and was set up to honour the influential publisher Klaus Flugge, founder of Andersen Press.

The panel of judges to select this year's shortlist of six books include Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne; Kate Milner (2018 Klaus Flugge Prize winner); Derek Brazell from the Association of Illustrators; Seven Stories bookseller Billiejo Carlisle; and Farrah Serroukh, Learning Programme Leader at CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education).

The six books on the 2019 shortlist share themes of celebrating children’s imagination, family love and freedom of expression.

The shortlist for this year's award is as follows:

The Extraordinary Gardner, Sam Boughton (Tate) - Available here Editor Holly Tonks, designer Ness Wood What the judges said: there’s an exuberance in the artwork; some wonderful spreads and Joe’s urban world is really well done; it has real child appeal.

Looking After Daddy, Eve Coy (Andersen Press) - Available here Editor Libby Hamilton, designer Rebecca Garrill What the judges said: the images tell their own stories; really good interplay between text and illustration; I smiled all the way through

The King Who Banned the Dark, Emily Haworth-Booth (Pavilion Children’s Books) - Available here Editor Neil Dunnicliffe, designer Lee-May Lim What the judges said: a great idea and it really makes the most of light and dark; there’s lots of variety in the use of page layout, and lots of surprises; it’s full of energy and humour

I Can Fly, Fifi Kuo, editor Leilani Sparrow (Boxer Books) - Available here Designer David Bennett What the judges said: a beautiful book; a lovely sense of movement; the story has been done before but she’s transformed it; fantastic drawing skills, every penguin is different

Julian is a Mermaid, Jessica Love (Walker Books) - Available here Editor Tanya Rosie, art director Deirdre McDermott What the judges said: it reminded me of Sendak, it’s hard to believe it’s a debut; the illustrations say things that words would struggle to express; delivers an important message without feeling didactic

Red and the City, Marie Voigt (Oxford) - Available here Editor Peter Marley, designer Kate Adams What the judges said: the characters are simply drawn but have real personality; there’s a European feel to the artwork; a clever, multi-layered retelling of a well-known story

The 2019 winner will be revealed at an award ceremony in September and will receive a cheque for £5,000. For more information about the award, visit

The shortlisted books are available to buy online or from your local bookshop or library.

***Book Giveaway***

We have been given a complete set of shortlisted books to give away to one of our followers! The winner will receive all six books on the 2019 shortlist.

To enter, simply follow @booksfortopics on Twitter and retweet the giveaway tweet before 11.59pm Wednesday 29th May (T&Cs here).


You can order the shortlisted books online or from your local bookshop or library.


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