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Two Tiny Owl books nominated for the 2021 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal!

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We are utterly delighted to announce that The Secret of the Tattered Shoes and Under the Great Plum Tree have been nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2021!

Ehsan Abdollahi is nominated for The Secret of the Tattered Shoes, written by Jackie Morris. Ehsan Abdollahi has created stunning puppet-like illustrations in rich and delicate detail, encapsulating the beauty and melancholy of the story. Ehsan’s work is inspired by the environment and the fabrics from Southern Iran, where he was born. He creates handmade and hand-coloured paper in his collages. Ehsan has also illustrated When I Coloured in the World (2015), A Bottle of Happiness (2016) and Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me (2018).

Reza Dalvand is nominated for Under the Great Plum Tree, written by Sufiya Ahmed. As a child, Reza Dalvand only had one idea in mind: to draw. His illustrations for Under the Great Plum Tree are vibrant and highly intricate, bringing Sufiya Ahmed’s Indian fable to life, through his stylised, multi-patterned illustrations.  After studying graphic design at the Isfahan University of Fine Arts, Reza obtained a master’s degree in illustration at the University of Tehran. As an illustrator and author of children’s books, he has published several children’s books in Persian, French, German and Japanese in Asia and Europe.

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards. The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children’s librarians and it is the only prize in the UK to solely reward outstanding illustration in a children’s book. The awards previously chose Tiny Owl books as part of their selection of diverse titles that were eligible for the award. Last year, Quill Soup, illustrated by Dale Blankenaar and written by Alan Durant, was the first Tiny Owl book to be longlisted!

Here at Tiny Owl, we are all thrilled and very proud of our wonderful illustrators and authors! You can follow the awards on social media with the hashtag #CKG21.

  • Read moreUnder the Great Plum Tree longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2021!
  • The Sunday Times says Under the Great Plum Tree is One to Watch!
  • The Secret of the Tattered Shoes is one of the Guardian’s best books of 2019!
  • The Sunday Times picks The Secret of the Tattered Shoes as Book of the Week!

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