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Eric and Terry Fan, Jon Klassen shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal

Three Canadian illustrators are on the shortlist for the 2019 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, the U.K.’s oldest and most prestigious children’s literature prize for illustration. CILIP also administers the Carnegie Medal for children’s writers.

Toronto brothers Eric and Terry Fan are nominated for their picture book Ocean Meets Sky (Lincoln Children’s Books/Simon & Schuster Canada), in which a young boy mourning the loss of his grandfather sails off to the eponymous location. And Los Angeles–based Jon Klassen – who was the first Canadian to win the Greenaway Medal in 2014 for I Want My Hat Back and is the only past winner on this year’s list – is recognized for The Wolf, The Duck & the Mouse (Walker Books/Candlewick Press), written by frequent collaborator Mac Burnett. It’s a friendship story set in a wolf’s belly.

The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse


The Canadian artists are up against:

  • The Day War Came illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, written by Nicola Davies (Walker Books)
  • Beyond the Fence illustrated and written by Maria Gulemetova (Child’s Play Library)
  • Julian is a Mermaid illustrated and written by Jessica Love (Walker Books)
  • You’re Safe With Me illustrated by Poonam Mistry, written by Chitra Soundar (Lantana Publishing)
  • The Lost Words illustrated by Jackie Morris, written by Robert Macfarlane (Hamish Hamilton)
  • Suffragette: The Battle for Equality illustrated and written by David Roberts (Two Hoots)

The award is judged by a jury of 12 librarians and the winner will be announced on June 18 at The British Library. The winners will each receive £500 worth of books to donate to their local library, a specially commissioned golden medal and a £5,000 cash prize.