The Longlist for the 2012 UKLA Book Awards was announced a day or two ago. Some top names in there, and a bunch of really good illustrators too.
Like Emily Gravett, Oliver Jeffers, Viviane Schwartz, Catherine Rayner, Chris Haughton are a bunch who I really rate.
I shall have to check out any of the others I'm not so familiar with.
Here's a link. - http://bit.ly/oZqBnJ
Good luck chaps