Kelpies Illustration Prize 2018: Find out our winner!

The day is finally here! We’re so excited to announce the winner of the Kelpies Illustration Prize 2018.

The Kelpies Illustration Prize 2018 challenged illustrators and designers based in Scotland to create a new cover for Soldier’s Game by Jim Killgore. Soldier’s Game is a remarkable novel of war, football and loyalty, based on the true story of Edinburgh’s ‘Hearts Battalion’. The book was chosen to commemorate the centenary of the First World War armistice.

The inimitable Vivian French joined us to announce the prize. In 2016, Vivian was awarded an MBE for services to literature, literacy, illustration, and the arts. And, the Scottish Book Trust presented her with an Outstanding Achievement Award just last month!

So, without further ado, find out our winners here…

Our judging panel looked for covers that would appeal to the book’s target audience of children aged 8-12. They were also looking for bold and earnest designs that clearly communicated the football and First World War themes of the book.

The winning design impressed the judges with its striking and sensitive representation of the protagonists, the skilful illustration of First World War motifs, and a well-considered design for the full book cover. The active feel of our Highly Commended entry would really appeal to the age group. Both Vivian French and our judges loved  the consideration of typography as part of the design. And the public loved the empathetic and engaging representation of the protagonist in our People’s Choice Winner.

Massive congratulations to our winners!

Download our press release here.

More about the Kelpies Illustration Prize 2018

The Kelpies Illustration Prize invites illustrators and designers based in Scotland to create a book cover. Each year, we choose a Kelpies children’s novel that we think will inspire creatives to come up with brilliant designs.

See our full shortlist for the Kelpies Illustration Prize 2018 here. Or, take a look at our past winners.

So, what do you think of our winners? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #KIP2018.

Are you a Scotland-based illustrator or designer? Keep an eye on our website for details of next year’s prize!


New Kelpies galore join us in 2018!

2018 will be the 15th birthday of the Floris Books Kelpies list. So, we thought it was only fitting to celebrate in style! We’ve got ALL these new Kelpies joining us in the new year.

We’ll be starting the year off on a high, by marking another important date. Judith Kerr’s classic Tiger Who Came to Tea has certainly earned his stripes – he’s reached his 50th birthday. The Teeger That Cam For His Tea translates everyone’s favourite muckle, strippit guest into Scots for the first time. Keep an eye on our social media for our teeger tea pairty plans!

On to another classic creature… The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster is the latest edition to our Traditional Scottish Tales series. In true Lari Don style, she’s created the first ever Nessie story based on REAL Loch Ness folklore. And we’ve already fallen tail over humps for Natasa Ilincic’s illustrations.

New Kelpies - The Teeger that Cam for his Tea  New Kelpies - The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle  New Kelpies - The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster  New Kelpies - A Super Scotland Activity Book

The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle races on to the scene in April. Inspired by Victoria Williamson’s experience working with young asylum seekers, Reema and Caylin’s story is one of displacement and discovery. This powerful debut novel will speak to anyone who has ever asked ‘where do I belong?’

We launched some spectacular new Kelpies series in 2017, and we’re on tenterhooks to find out where the stories lead. Porridge the Tartan Cat and the Pet Show Show-Off is the grand finale to the terrific, tongue-twisting, tartan series. Colin the Hamster and co. try to solve a remarkable Roman Riddle in the latest Museum Mystery Squad adventure. And Artie Conan Doyle has his own mystery to solve in the vexing case of the Vanishing Dragon.

New Kelpies - Porridge the Tartan Cat and the Pet Show Show-Off New Kelpies - Museum Mystery Squad and the Case of the Roman Riddle New Kelpies - Artie Conan Doyle and the Vanishing Dragon 

From new additions to Kelpies Classics, we hope Kathleen Fiddler’s Haki the Shetland Pony and Flash the Sheep Dog will be loved by a whole new generation of readers. Our gorgeous new editions will be available from April.

Not forgetting the wee ones… In February, you’ll be able to get your hands on our first EVER moving parts book! Ye Cannae Shove Yer Granny lets you do just that, as you sing along to the cheeky Scottish rhyme… PUSH PUSH!

New Kelpies - Rowan the Red Squirrel New Kelpies - Skye the Puffling New Kelpies - Wee Granny's Magic Bag and the Pirates  

Scotland’s own Mary Poppins sets (or should that be ‘sails’) off on another adventure in May. What will Wee Granny find in her Magic Bag when she meets the Pirates?

There’s nothing we love more than adorable Scottish animals. Created by the team behind Skye the Puffling, Rowan the Red Squirrel (and his sister Hazel) more than fit the bill. Plus, Skye will appear in her very own Wee Puffin Board Book in April – perfect for your own wee pufflings!

Last, but definitely not least, is our stupendous, sensational Super Scotland Activity Book. Inspired by all the things that make Scotland special (from Nessie to the North Coast 500), it’s bursting with colouring, mazes, dot-to-dots, stickers and more. Take a look inside here!

…and that’s only the first half of the year. Phew! 2018 is going to be a busy one!

How to get your hands on our new Kelpies

The Teeger That Cam For His Tea, Rowan the Red Squirrel, Skye the Puffling: A Wee Puffin Board Book and Ye Cannae Shove Yer Granny Off A Bus are all available to preorder now.

Have any of our other new Kelpies caught your eye? Remember you can click the ‘Add to wishlist’ button to save them for later!

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