Telling Tales

Explore some of the illustration on this year’s shortlist produced specifically for children and young people.

Charlotte Ager‘s illustrations for Flying Eye’s Child of Galaxies tell a bittersweet story of childhood and imagination. The poetic text is echoed in the textural, layered illustrations.

Illustration duo Anna and Varvara Kendel‘s created a series of whole book illustrations for children about Lake Baikal, in south Siberia, Russia. The book has a conservationist message, with the illustrations showing the magic of nature.

Diandian‘s delightful picture book shows the adventures of a bear who is visited by a little green thing. The illustrations are created by hand with mixed media and woodblock printing.

Loose washes and layers of colour create the face of the North Wind in Emilie Gill‘s energetic illustrations.

Coralie Bickford-Smith‘s signature style tells the Song of the Tree, a book designed for parents and children to read together. Using limited colour and densely detailed patterning, the reader is taken on a journey through themes of identity, home and the environment.

Orit Bergman was commissioned to create new illustrations for a classic Israeli children’s book If Only to be distributed to schools as part of a reading programme. Using collage and gouache allowed Orit to reimagine this classic for a new generation of readers.

Cinta Arribas‘ book cover for I Hate Everyone conveys the emotional lives of children in a sweet and universally recognisable way.

Alona Millgram‘s illustrations for this children’s book follow a princess’s adventures to solve a puzzle set by her father, the king. These illustrations use flat perspective to showcase a myriad of details creating a labyrinthine feel.

These delicate ink and watercolour illustrations by Dide Tengiz for her final university project reimagine a giant ‘mother nature’ figure as a small child. The book has an underlying ecological message.

Tom Cole‘s picture book illustrations for the modern classic War Horse accompany a specially adapted children’s edition. These evocative illustrations aim to introduce this harrowing tale to a younger readership.

Part of a series of books about the earth and the processes that sustain life, Grahame Baker-Smith‘s Wild is the Wind uses lush textures and colour to show the ways humanity is connected to the earth.