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  • Writer's pictureJoseph Hollis

Love Reading Picture Books?

LoveReading takes a deeper dive into the Klaus Flugge Prize. Deborah Maclaren discusses all things - picture books and prizes in conversation with Emily Gravett, Flavia Drago, Martin Salisbury, and the inaugural prize winner Nicholas John Firth. You can see this recorded event for free, after a simple registration process here.

Pierre's stash of awards
The Golden Quiff Awards

Tune in to hear more about Klaus Flugge, the prize, and what winning means to previous winners.

Emily Gravett and Martin Salisbury share some insights into the judging process, and the power of picture books. They share what they look for in a prize winning picture book.

Emily Gravett believes a good picture book shouldn't be too prescriptive. She praises books that leave something for the child to do.

"There's a gap in there... a world, you can use your imagination and fall into..."

Nicholas John Firth, author of the stunning Hector and the Humming Bird shares some thoughts about his picture book making process, and reflects back to winning the prize in 2016.

In discussing what makes a great picture book illustration that stands the test of time, Martin Salisbury hypothesized that there is a paradox...

the paradox is - what makes a good picture book is not thinking about what makes a good picture book.

Don't think about the audience, be as true to yourself as possible. Smashing advice, as always from the legendary professor of illustration.

After, a few key thoughts from Flavia Drago regarding the journey into publishing, and the importance of the Klaus Flugge Prize for budding illustrators, she reviews the themes behind this years shortlisted books.

To wrap things up, I share my journey and what winning the Klaus Flugge Prize means to me.

Gather some snacks and enjoy the full event via the link below; @LoveReadingLitFest is the brand new, digitally native, subscription-based books and literature festival - sister to @LoveReadingUK


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