Carnegie Medal | Kate Greenaway Medal
The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards, each celebrating a special anniversary this year, are arguably the world’s most prestigious literary prizes for children's books and the titles on the shortlists are contenders for the highest accolades in children’s literature, with previous winners including legendary talents such as Arthur Ransome, C.S Lewis and Mary Norton for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and illustrators Quentin Blake, Shirley Hughes and Raymond Briggs for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.
For the shortlist for both the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals for 2017, click on the links below. We have also this year selected a few favourites from past winners.
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Tricia Adams, Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel for 2017, said: “Both of these shortlists celebrate the wonderful talent on offer, from established names to debut authors and illustrators making a real impact with their first books. Questions of identity, friendship and responsibility, both to others and to the natural world, are key themes this year. It is also hugely heartening to see our shortlisted writers and illustrators tackling potentially difficult and big ideas whilst introducing them to younger readers in a wide range of page-turning yet different ways.”
In 2017 the CILIP Carnegie Medal celebrates its 80th anniversary and the CILIP Kate Greenaway its 60th. To mark the occasion there will be a party on 19th June 2017 to announce the 2017 winners and also celebrate past winning books. You can tune into the stream online on that day or create your own party at the same time - find more information on the anniversary and ways to mark it here.
Read a personal reflection of 80 Years of the CILIP Carnegie Medal by Julia Eccleshare, Editorial Expert at Lovereading4kids.
The winners for both the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal will be announced on Monday 19 June. The winners will each receive £500 worth of books to donate to their local library. The winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is also awarded the £5,000 Colin Mears Award cash prize.
To view the full list of previous winners of the Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal click here and we have a selection of our favourite past winners, just click on the Previous Winners tab.
The winner of the 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal was Laureate Chris Riddell for Neil Gaiman's retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale, The Sleeper and the Spindle. The 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal went to Sarah Crossan for her verse novel about conjoined twins, One.
"We were blown away by Chris Riddell's work in The Sleeper and the Spindle; he is surely at the height of his powers. His illustrations lift this re-told tale into high art, offering sumptuous pleasures on every page. The more one looks at his pictures the more one notices: subtlety and complexity, the clever use of such a limited palette, the daring use of solid black areas – no space is wasted. Some 15 years after Chris first took home a Kate Greenaway Medal he shows no sign of slowing down – he remains a thrilling, prolific and prestigious talent."
The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book for children and young people. The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.
The CILIP Carnegie Medal:
It was established by The Library Association in 1936, in memory of the great Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Carnegie was a self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA. His experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that "if ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries."
It was first awarded to Arthur Ransome for Pigeon Post. The medal is now awarded by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. The winner receives a golden medal and £500 worth of books to donate to a library of their choice.
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal was established by The Library Association in 1955 and it is named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for her fine children's illustrations and designs.
It was first awarded to Edward Ardizzone for Tim All Alone. The winner receives a golden medal and £500 worth of books to donate to a library of their choice.
To find out more visit www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk
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