Win all the books shortlisted for the prestigious Klaus Flugge Prize 2021

From the secrets of the magical night-time world to the adorable friendship between a very odd couple indeed, each one of the shortlisted books has been selected for its beautiful illustration and visual storytelling. Here's how you can win the whole set...

The shortlist for the Klaus Flugge Prize is announced today (Wednesday 19 May). Established in 2016, the prize was set up to honour Klaus Flugge, founder of Andersen Press and an extremely influential figure in children’s picture books. It is awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration.

We're so excited to have a set of the shortlist to give away to one lucky winner! The five books couldn’t be more different in illustration style but they all have something in common - they're about love, comfort, and friendship, and are perfect for snuggling up with to read together.

The five shortlisted books are:

Child of Galaxies by Blake Nuto, illustrated by Charlotte Ager

Charlotte Ager uses painterly, full-bleed spreads to give children a sense of the world, the universe and their place within it, her bold brushwork clearly visible across images of sea, sky and fields.

While You’re Sleeping by Mick Jackson, illustrated by John Broadley

John Broadley uses intricate, detailed pen and ink illustrations, reminiscent of Edward Bawden’s work, to open the curtains on the teeming night-time world, where busy people go about their jobs and foxes, owls and hares come out in the countryside while a child sleeps soundly, tucked up in bed.

Gustavo the Shy Ghost by Flavia Z Drago

Flavia Z. Drago introduces us to Gustavo, a gorgeous little ghost who is so shy he’s literally invisible. Her folk-art style with its palette of orange and Rosa Mexicana creates a distinctive playground for Gustavo as he suddenly and unexpectedly makes new friends.

I’m Sticking with You by Smriti Halls, illustrated by Steve Small

Already an award-winning animator, Steve Small’s debut picture book celebrates an unusual and enduring friendship, and his illustrations bring odd couple Bear and Squirrely vividly and comically to life, images perfectly placed on clean white pages for maximum impact.

My Red Hat by Rachel Stubbs

Rachel Stubbs celebrates another special relationship, that between grandparent and child. With fluid, elegant line, a delicate limited palette and hand drawn typography, she conveys an extraordinary depth of emotion and love.

Chair of the judges Julia Eccleshare said: “It is always fascinating to examine the books that make up the shortlist for the Klaus Flugge Prize. These five superb books provide a creative counter to the anxieties of the past year, the illustrations conveying a strong sense of comfort, reassurance and joy that even those too young to read will understand. The shortlist is testament to the illustrators’ skill as artists and to the special ability of picture books to define a young child’s world.”

For the chance to win all the books in the shortlist, simply answer the question below and leave your details by the closing date of 11pm on Wednesday 16 June 2021.

Win the Klaus Flugge Prize shortlist

Which book won the 2020 Klaus Flugge Prize?

Terms and conditions

1. Participants must be at least 18 years old to enter.

2. To enter the competition, you must be a resident of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. 

3. The competition is not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of BookTrust.

4. Only one entry per person.

5. Entries must be submitted by 11pm on Wednesday 16 June 2021.

6. There will be one winner selected at random (from all eligible entries).

7. If a chosen winner does not respond to correspondence within one week, a new winner will be selected.

8. Our decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

9. The prize will not be transferable to another person.

10. No part of the prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.

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12. Prizes will be sent out to winners by post. However, BookTrust cannot be held responsible for any prizes lost, damaged or stolen after they have been sent.

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15. BookTrust reserves the right to amend the competition end date at any time.

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