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Stratford Salariya Picture Book Prize Winner Announced

16 March 2022 Share

Katarina Dragoslavic has won the 2022 Stratford Salariya Children’s Picture Book Prize, for her book The Little Hungry Dinosaur.

The book tells the story of what happens when a friendly but ravenous dinosaur visits Emil and Klara’s restaurant – and how ‘all hands on deck’ are required to satisfy his appetite. With delightful illustrations of the three main characters and the host of animals who are their friends, The Little Hungry Dinosaur was chosen as the 2022 winner by this year’s judging panel.

Established in 2016 by Stratford Literary Festival and The Salariya Book Company, the annual Stratford Salariya Children’s Picture Book Prize is open to unpublished and unrepresented authors and illustrators, and is for a picture book suitable for children up to five years.  

The Prize (value £1000) includes career advice from a leading literary agent, publicity through Stratford Literary Festival and the possibility of publication by Salariya.  Several previous winners have been published including Camille Whitcher, Luna and the Moon Rabbit (2017), Manlu Tu, Look Daddy Look! (2018) and Jo Surman, Snow! (2020). Katarina Dragoslavic is an illustrator and graphic designer based in London. 

Before moving to London, Katarina studied Graphic Design in Croatia followed by Fine Art in Italy.  She is currently studying the prestigious Children’s Book Illustration MA degree course at Cambridge School of Art (Anglia Ruskin University). 

Commenting, Katarina said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won this year’s Prize, and am grateful to the judges for choosing The Little Hungry Dinosaur as their 2022 winner.  The Stratford Salariya Picture Book Prize is recognised as a real catalyst in early-stage careers and I am honoured to be joining the list of previous winners.” 

Annie Ashworth, Director of Stratford Literary Festival, said: “Not only did we receive a high number of entries to this year’s competition, but we were struck by the high calibre of submissions.  The judging panel loved Katarina’s story, and felt that the level of illustration was very accomplished.  This is a book with much to delight a small child, who would come back and discover parts of the illustrations they hadn’t noticed before.  A book that encourages children to read it over and over again is a special thing!” 

David Salariya, Founder and Managing Director of The Salariya Book Company, said: “We were impressed, once more, with the high quality of the submissions to this year’s competition, but the imagination, skill and infectious sense of fun on display in Katarina’s story make it a worthy overall winner. We would like to thank everyone who entered and congratulate Katarina and all of the authors and illustrators represented on the shortlist.” 

Reflecting the strength of entries for the 2022 competition, the judging panel have also awarded Highly Commended to two submissions: Alison Bourke and Jerome Haupert, and Becki Harper.  

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