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The 2011 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal has been awarded to Grahame Baker-Smith for FArTHER. The book tells the moving story of how a son takes up his father’s unfulfilled dreams of flying, and finally takes to the air.

Baker-Smith’s book was inspired both by his own father, and by being the father of a son himself.

Of this year’s winning book, Ferelith Hordon, Chair of the CILIP Kate Greenaway judging panel comments: “FArTHER is a beautifully conceived picture book with a dream-like quality that captures the imagination of readers of all ages. Its wealth of detail conveys both dark emotions: the storms of war and weather, and a powerful sense of loss and bereavement; but also a great sense of hope, particularly as vested in future generations”

The Kate Greenaway Medal is theUK’s most prestigious children’s illustration award. It was established in 1955, and is named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for her fine children’s illustrations and designs. Since 2000, the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal has also been awarded the £5000 Colin Mears Award. An accountant and children’s book collector, Colin Mears left a bequest providing every Greenaway winner with a cash award as well as the coveted Medal.

A big congratulations on the award and on such a beautiful book.

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