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Historic Kate Greenaway Medal win for Jon Klassen s This is Not My Hat This

Historic Kate Greenaway Medal win for Jon Klassen s This is Not My Hat

This Is Not My Hat becomes the only book to win both the Kate Greenaway and Randolph Caldecott Medals

to win both the Kate Greenaway and Randolph Caldecott Medals June 23, 2014 (Somerville, MA): Candlewick

June 23, 2014 (Somerville, MA): Candlewick Press is delighted to announce that Jon Klassen has won the 2014 Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration for his picture book This is Not My Hat.

Published by the Walker Books Group including Candlewick Press in the US and Walker Books in the UK Jon Klassen s This is Not My Hat will go into the history books as the first ever title to win both the UK s highest illustration honor with the Kate Greenaway Medal, and also win the most prestigious award for children s book illustration in the US, the Randolph Caldecott Medal, which was awarded in 2013.

In addition, the Greenaway Medal for This Is Not My Hat marks the tenth Greenaway Medal for Walker Books, a feat unmatched by any other publisher, positioning Walker as the home of the very best in illustrative publishing.

Karen Lotz, Group Managing Director of the Walker Books Group said of the win, Jon Klassen s cunning hat thief stole our hearts at Walker long ago, and we couldn t be more thrilled that he has now stolen the hearts of the 2014 Greenaway committee in this historic win. We are particularly proud to be the global publisher of the first creator to win both the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal for the same book. What on earth will the extraordinarily talented Mr. Klassen do next? Watch this space!

On winning the CILIP Kate Greenaway, Jon Klassen said, "Winning this award is hugely encouraging. Making a book, you're kind of going out on a limb in the belief that what you think of as a satisfying story is the same as what other people think of as a satisfying story. This doesn't mean everything in the story turns out alright for everybody, but you, as a storyteller, try and make sure it ends the way the story should end. Any audience, children included, take reassurance from that. Storytelling is an act of community, of looking at one another afterward and agreeing that we enjoyed it, or not, whether the story itself portrays happiness or doom. The hope is found when we agree we liked it, and I'm so glad you liked this one."

"Making picture books with Jon is like sky diving," says Liz Bicknell, editorial director. "Jon says, 'Okay, guys, I think this parachute's gonna open.' His art director Ann Stott and I look at each other, laugh, and JUMP OUT OF THE PLANE. So far, we've been landing very nicely. Thanks, Jon!"

ABOUT JON KLASSEN Jon Klassen is the creator of the Greenaway and Caldecott Medal-winning picture book This Is Not My Hat, a New York Times bestseller and a Publishers Weekly Best Children s Book of the Year. He is also the creator of the #1 New York Times bestseller I Want My Hat Back, which was named a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of the Year.

Jon Klassen is the illustrator of Extra Yarn and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole (coming from Candlewick Press in October 2014), both written by Mac Barnett; and House Held Up By Trees by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Ted Kooser (also published by Candlewick Press), which was named a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children s Book of the Year, as well as Cats Night Out by Caroline Stutson, which won the Governor General's Award, and The Dark by Lemony Snicket. Jon Klassen has also worked as an illustrator for feature animated films, music videos, and editorial pieces. Originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Jon now lives in Los Angeles.

ABOUT CANDLEWICK PRESS Candlewick Press is an independent, employee-owned publisher based in Somerville, Massachusetts. For over twenty years, Candlewick has published outstanding children s books for readers of all ages, including books by award- winning authors and illustrators such as the National Ambassador for Children's Literature, Kate DiCamillo, M. T. Anderson, Jon Klassen, and Laura Amy Schlitz; the widely acclaimed Judy Moody, Mercy Watson, and Ology series; and favorites such as Guess How Much I Love You, Where s Waldo?, and Maisy. Candlewick is part of the Walker Books Group, together with Walker Books UK in London and Walker Books Australia, based in Sydney and Auckland. Visit Candlewick online at www.candlewick.com.

ABOUT THE KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children. Named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for her beautiful children's illustrations and designs, the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

ABOUT THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION PROFESSIONALS (CILIP) CILIP is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers. CILIP's vision is a fair and economically prosperous society underpinned by literacy, access to information and the transfer of knowledge. CILIP is a registered charity, no. 313014. The Youth Libraries Group (YLG) of CILIP works in a 'pressure group' role to preserve and influence the provision of quality literature and library services for children and young people, both in public libraries and school library services. Visit www.cilip.org.uk