We are absolutely thrilled to announce Poonam Mistry has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Poonam, who illustrated the Agency’s first picture book, You’re Snug With Me, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal at the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards for her debut picture book, You’re Safe With Me

The winner will be announced at a ceremony on 18th June 2019.

It was also recently announced that You’re Safe With Me has been longlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize – awarded annually to an illustrator of a debut picture book. The shortlist will be announced on 15th May by illustrator Anthony Browne, one of this year’s judges, and the winner will be revealed on 11th September.

You’re Safe With Megarnered a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, one of four starred reviews for the book.

Poonam’s second book, You’re Snug With Me, written by Chitra Soundar, was chosen as one of Kirkus’ best books of 2018, and was published in November 2018.

At the start of winter, two bear cubs are born, deep in their den in the frozen north.

“Mama, what lies beyond here?” they ask their mother.

“‘Above us is a land of ice and snow.”

“What lies beyond the ice and snow?” they ask.

“Beyond the snow is the ocean, full of ice from long ago.”

And as the earth dances on her toes and the nights get longer, the little bear cubs learn from their mother the secrets of the earth and their place in it, while their Mama whispers, “You’re snug with me”.

Published in the UK and US by Lantana Publishing, it is the second in the series from Poonam and writer Chitra Soundar.

Poonam Mistry is a freelance illustrator living in the UK. She graduated in 2010 with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration at the University of Hertfordshire, and her style incorporates her love of nature and her Indian roots, exploring the relationships between pattern, shapes and colour.