Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award 2011
The judging panel for this year’s Award comprised:
Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne; Director of Literature Strategy at Arts Council England, Antonia Byatt; author/illustrator Lauren Child; founder of the Illustration Cupboard John Huddy and author/illustrator Ken Wilson-Max.
Anthony Browne, Children’s Laureate comments:
Sitting on the panel for the 2011 Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award has been enormously exciting. In the judging meeting colour popped out at us, detail begged to be pored over, wonderful characters bounded through the pages and words and pictures left enough imagination fuelling gaps in meaning to make us want to instantly revisit them! As a panel we were awed by the sheer range of styles and were thrilled to see how both classic and modern approaches are being successfully harnessed to bring children and adults alike some of the most innovative, fresh and skilled illustration being published today. When we had finally reached our decision we were left with a palpable sense that these ten are the illustration stars of the future.
Anthony Browne is an internationally acclaimed author and illustrator of children's books with over forty titles to his name including Gorilla and Willy the Wimp. He was born in Yorkshire and studied graphic arts at Leeds Art College, working as a medical illustrator and an illustrator of greetings cards before his first book was published in 1976. He has gone on to win numerous awards including the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and the Hans Christian Andersen Award.
Anthony was the Children's Laureate 2009-2011 and used his time in the post to raise the profile of picture books and picture book illustration, as well as the value of supporting children's creativity and imagination.
Before joining Arts Council England, Antonia was Director of the Women’s Library at London Metropolitan University, an academic research library and cultural centre containing the largest collection of women’s history in the UK.
Prior to joining the library, Antonia was head of literature at Southbank Centre, which involved overseeing the literature programme of around 130 events a year and overall management of the poetry library.
She is a governor of the Bishopsgate Institute and since 2008 has been governor of New Buckinghamshire University.
Lauren Child is considered one of the most talented and creative author/illustrators working today. Her first two books were published in 1999 – I Want a Pet and Clarice Bean, That’s Me, and she won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2000 for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the first of her Charlie and Lola picture books. Lauren published her first Clarice Bean novel in 2002 – Utterly Me, Clarice Bean, and the Clarice Bean series has sold over 6 million copies worldwide. In October 2005, the BBC launched a 78-part animated series of Charlie and Lola. The series has won four BAFTAS and is aired in more than 34 countries. In 2008 Lauren launched UNESCO’s ‘My Life is a Story’ Campaign for UNESCO’s Programme for the Education of Children in Need, and was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2008. In 2010 she was awarded an MBE for Services to Literature. Her most recent work is the Ruby Redfort detective series for HarperCollins. Book four in the series is called Ruby Redfort: Feel the Fear published in September 2014. In Autumn 2014 Puffin Books will publish The New Small Person, Lauren’s latest picture book.
John Huddy first studied art history at school and went on to gain an MA (Hons) in History of Art at St Andrew’s University. John subsequently worked at auctioneers Christies in St James’s, London, where he extended an interest in old master drawings and paintings. However it was his close family connection with publishing that sparked his appreciation of the outstanding range and quality of the books he had grown up with; as a child he had met many leading authors and artists which ultimately led on to founding the Illustration Cupboard in 1995.
Read an interview with John
Author and illustrator
About the Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award 2011
The Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award celebrates the best rising talent in the field of children’s illustration today. First awarded in 2008, the prize is given to ten emerging illustrators whose work demonstrates remarkable creative flair, artistic skill and boundless imagination.
The Award was established to raise the profile of emerging picture book illustration, as part of the wider Big Picture Campaign. Since the 2008 Awards the sales of picture books have demonstrated healthy growth, despite a challenging period for bookselling.
For more information about the prize contact Katherine Woodfine.