The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. Every spring, reading groups in libraries, schools, homes…in fact, anywhere there are children and young people are invited to get involved. We’re delighted to join in with this special Greenaway Shadowing edition of Library Adventures Live!
In this fabulous event, shortlisted author/illustrator Sharon King-Chai talks about her beautiful, innovative picture book Starbird and treats us to a reading of it. Discover her artistic style and inspirations before being guided through a creative artistic challenge.
Sharon is looking forward to engaging with you and answering your questions, so please get in touch during the live session via social media, or you can e-mail us beforehand at: email@example.com and Sharon will do her best to answer everyone’s questions.
Starbird is a magical story about love, freedom, and the wisdom of children.
Starbird’s songs weave the richest dreams and delight all who hear him, but when the Moon King traps him in a cage as a gift for his daughter, the colour and life in his voice begin to drip away. While the Moon King is blinded by greed and selfishness, his young daughter can clearly see the injustice and cruelty of his actions.
The Greenaway judges said, “There is visual splendour in this colourful book, with the shining silver foil providing a thoughtful addition. The animal silhouettes showcase their shape, and clever use of brushstrokes create contrast. The illustrations tell the story thanks to a magical colour palette and inventive use of space. The concept of time is presented well – whole-page spreads slow time down, whilst panel sets speed it up.”
Sharon King-Chai is an award-winning designer and illustrator. Born in Australia to Chinese-Malaysian parents, she moved to London in 2003, after studying Visual Communication. She fell in love with storytelling through music and books, and found her niche working as a designer in music and publishing industries. This eventually led to her creating her own books. Sharon has a great passion for experimenting and innovation, and loves exploring format, narrative and new characters. She also loves using unusual materials, and references nature a lot in her artwork. Ingredients often include potatoes, blackberries, onions, feathers and sticks.
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