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Booktrust unveils best emerging illustrator contenders

5th August 2010

The six artists competing for the Booktrust Early Years Awards 2010 emerging illustrator title have been named - with four nominated for their debut works.

Birdsong by Ellie Sandall, Levi Pinfold's The Django, Dogs Don't Do Ballet illustrated by Sara Ogilvie and Jo Hodgkinson's The Talent Show are the debut books shortlisted for the GBP 2,000 award.

Kazuno Kohara's Jack Frost and Jeremiah Jellyfish Flies High by John Fardell are the remaining titles competing for the prize, which was established to recognise the next generation of children's illustrators.

Wendy Cooling, the chair of the judging panel, said the high standard of work in the children's fiction world always makes it difficult to select a shortlist for the award.

'In particular, picture books for the very young are exciting and stimulating this year and reflect the brilliant creativity and imagination of today's writers and illustrators,' she commented.

The winner of the prize will be named on September 2nd in a ceremony at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in London.

Last year, Katie Cleminson won the Booktrust Early Years Awards emerging illustrator title for Box of Tricks.
 

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