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The Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award

BNI Award logoThe Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award is given to ten illustrators who published their first children's book since 2005 and who represent the best rising talent in the field of children's illustration today, who demonstrate remarkable creative flair, artistic skill and boundless imagination in their work. This year's talented ten, with the latest example of their work, are as follows:

Joe BergerJoe Berger is driven by the thought of giving children the same excitement he felt from reading as a child. He has a background in animation and illustrates a weekly comic strip in the Guardian.
Bridget Fidget Hold on Tight

Claudia BoldtClaudia Boldt's fun and slightly absurd comedies for 4-year-olds are recognisable by their bold layouts and muted colour palette. In 2007 she founded Cloud Cuckoo Studio with fellow illustrator Katharina Koall.
Stargazers, Skyscrapers and Extraordinary Sausages

Kate CleminsonKatie Cleminson works with inks, charcoal and Photoshop. She's drawn to nostalgic items like gramophones, typewriters, pipes and bowler hats, which often turn up in her work. In 2009 Katie won the Best Emerging Illustrator
in the Booktrust Early Years Awards.
Box of Tricks

Chris HaughtonChris Haughton illustrates regularly for The Guardian and other publications. He has worked for several large national and international advertising campaigns, and created murals in London, Dublin and Tokyo.
A Bit Lost

Alice MelvinAlice Melvin was shortlisted for the Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award in 2008. She has produced her own stationery range and also works widely as a freelance illustrator.
Counting Birds

Sara OgilvieSara Ogilvie studied Illustration and Printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art. In 2010 she was shortlisted for the Book Trust Early Years Award and has won several awards around the world.
Dogs Don't Do Ballet

Levi PinfoldLevi Pinfold's love of watercolours was inspired by the works of Maurice Sendak and Dave McKean, amongst others. In 2010, he won the Booktrust Early Years Award for Best Emerging Illustrator
The Django

Salvatore RubbinoSalvatore Rubbino studied illustration at the Royal College of Art. In 2005, he was shortlisted for Victoria and Albert Museum Illustration Awards for a series of paintings set in New York, which he then developed for he first book.
A Walk in New York

Viviane SchwarzViviane Schwarz was born in Germany but moved to England after learning English from American science fiction novels. She often makes stuffed animals before creating her images with brush and ink, as she finds it easier to draw things she's handled.
There Are Cats in This Book

Kevin WaldronKevin Waldron started his first book while studying for his Masters at Kingston University. He sketches throughout the day and then looks to see what is worth using. His most recent book put pictures to Michael Rosen's rhyme, Tiny Little Fly.
Mr Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo



For more information on Best New Illustrators Award, Booktrust and the many other book prizes they adminster, click here.

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