Kingston graduate shortlisted for Children's Book Prize

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By adam_leone | Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 07:58

Illustrator, Frann Preston-Gannon  and Kingston University graduate, whose debut children's picture book The Journey Home has been shortlisted for this year's Children's Book Prize. 

It was whilst she was working as a bookseller that Frann became the first UK recipient of the prestigious Sendak Fellowship, a residency and mentoring programme for talented illustrators founded by Maurice Sendak.  

Frann spent a month living with and learning from the great master at his home in the US, just months before his death in 2012.

In The Journey Home Fran tells the story of a solitary Polar bear who realises that all the ice is melting and goes for a swim in search of food. 

Along the way, he finds a boat and sails across the ocean to the city where he meets other endangered animals who all climb into the boat with him; an Orangutan who is surrounded by tree stumps; an Elephant who is trying to out-run a poacher and a Panda without a home.

Waterstones bookseller Gem Routledge says "I love this lavishly illustrated and beautifully narrated tale, it's a fantastic way for parents to introduce children to the environment and conservation."

Celebrating its ninth year, the Waterstones Children's Book Prize was created to champion new and emerging talent in children's writing. 

The Journey Home is one of 6 books nominated in the Picture Book Category. 

The category winner will receive a prize of £2000 and will then compete against the winners of the Children's Fiction (5 to 12 years) and Teen Fiction categories to gain the overall title and an additional prize of £3000.



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