Kurt Maschler Award

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The Kurt Maschler Award (1982 to 1999) was a British literary award that annually recognised one "work of imagination for children, in which text and illustration are integrated so that each enhances and balances the other." Winning authors and illustrators received £1000 and a bronze figurine called the "Emil".[1]

The Award was founded by Kurt Maschler, best known as the publisher of Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner (1929). By the time it was discontinued after covering 1999 publications, it was run by Booktrust and Tom Maschler, a British publisher and the son of the founder. At that time it was announced in December of the publication year.[1]


Seven of the 18 winning works were written and illustrated by one person, including two by Anthony Browne. As illustrators Browne won three awards (five Emils in all) and Helen Oxenbury won two, each including one new edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865). Browne and Carroll were the only authors of two winning works.

Winners of the Kurt Maschler Award[1]
Year Author Illustrator Title Publisher
1982 Angela Carter
(ed. and translator)
Michael Foreman  Sleeping Beauty and other favourite fairy tales  V. Gollancz
1983 Anthony Browne Browne Gorilla Julia MacRae 
1984 John Burningham Burningham Granpa J. Cape
1985 Ted Hughes (1968) Andrew Davidson The Iron Man Faber
1986 Allan Ahlberg Janet Ahlberg The Jolly Postman Heinemann
1987 Charles Causley Charles Keeping Jack the Treacle Eater Macmillan
1988 Lewis Carroll (1865) Anthony Browne Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Julia MacRae
1989 Martin Waddell Barbara Firth The Park in the Dark Walker
1990 Quentin Blake Blake All Join In J. Cape
1991 Colin McNaughton McNaughton Have You Seen who's just moved in next door to us?  Walker
1992 Raymond Briggs Briggs The Man Julia MacRae
1993 Karen Wallace Mike Bostock Think of an Eel Walker
1994 Trish Cooke Helen Oxenbury So Much Walker
1995 Kathy Henderson Patrick Benson The Little Boat Walker
1996 Babette Cole Cole Drop Dead J. Cape
1997 William Mayne Jonathan Heale Lady Muck Heinemann
1998 Anthony Browne Browne Voices in the Park Doubleday
1999 Lewis Carroll (1865)  Helen Oxenbury Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Walker

The first two Maschler Award-winning books and the last one also won the annual Kate Greenaway Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book illustration by a British subject.[2] Gorilla (1983), illustrated by Anthony Browne, and Helen Oxenbury's edition of Alice in Wonderland (1999) were named two of the top ten Greenaway-winning works (1955–2005) for the 50-year celebration of that Medal in 2007.[3] Three others were highly commended runners up for the illustrators Medal, a distinction that was roughly annual at the time: Browne's edition of Alice, Oxenbury for So Much, and Patrick Benson for The Little Boat.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c "Kurt Maschler Awards". Book Awards. bizland.com. Retrieved 7 February 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Carnegie Medal Award". 2007(?). Curriculum Lab. Elihu Burritt Library. Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). 2012-07-21.
  3. ^ "70 Years Celebration: Anniversary Top Tens". The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards. CILIP. Retrieved 2012-07-21.