If you want to stay up-to-date with the latest picturebooks, new comers and authors / illustrators who are making headway, check the following websites. We suggest following them on facebook, then you will automatically receive all updates, announcements, shortlists etc etc.
Klaus Flugge Prize: ‘Set up to honour publisher Klaus Flugge, founder of Andersen Press and one of the most important and influential figures in children’s picture books, this important new award is for the most promising and exciting newcomer to picture book illustration.’
Caldecott Medal: ‘The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.’
Kate Greenaway Medal: The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children. It is named after the popular and highly influential nineteenth century artist known for her fine children’s illustrations and designs. Awarded annually, the Medal is the only prize in the UK to solely reward outstanding illustration in a children’s book.
World Illustration Awards: ‘The World Illustration Awards continues the AOI’s tradition of delivering an annual illustration competition which has run in various forms for over 40 years. It is delivered by the AOI in partnership with the Directory of Illustration.’
V&A Illustration Awards: ‘The V&A Illustration Awards were established in 1972 and have since become the UK’s most prestigious annual illustration competition. Championing the UK creative industries, the Awards recognise the remarkable accomplishments of published and student illustrators.‘
The first and most enduring award for GLBT books is the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table. Since Isabel Miller’s Patience and Sarah received the first award in 1971, many other books have been honored for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience.
The Jane Addam’s Children’s Book Award ‘The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award annually recognizes children’s books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people. A national committee of members with passion for and expertise in children’s literature and social justice is responsible for making the choices each year.’
UKLA Book Awards ‘The UKLA Book Awards seek to celebrate children’s books in order to encourage teachers to increase their professional and personal knowledge of recently published high quality children’s books.’