CILIP Carnegie & Greenaway Children's Book Awards Carnegie Medal | Kate Greenaway Medal

The shortlist for the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards have been announced!  Patrick Ness is in the running for his third Carnegie Medal win with Release, which would make him the first author to secure a hat-trick in the Medal’s 81-year history.

Read on for all the shortlisted books for both the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals for 2018 and we have also this year selected a few favourites from past winners.



CILIP Kate Greenaway 2018 titles

Town Is by the Sea
Joanne Schwartz
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 | This haunting book, beautifully illustrated in ink and watercolour, bears record to a long-gone way of life. A young boy describes his day, from first thing in the morning when his... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Night Shift
Debi Gliori
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 | Drawn from Debi's own experiences and with a moving testimony at the end of the book explaining how depression has affected her and how she continues to cope, Debi hopes that... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/01/2017
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King of the Sky
Nicola Davies
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 | In a story full of hope against adversity, King of the Sky tells how flying a homing pigeon helps a young boy comes to terms with his life in a strange... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Thornhill
Pam Smy
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 | In a nutshell: sad, chilling ghost story told through words and pictures Two lonely girls are at the heart of Pam Smy's strikingly told gothic story. Mary lives... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 24/08/2017
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Under the Same Sky
Britta Teckentrup
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award With its dedication, ‘For a united world …', Britta Teckentrup's new picture book is a celebration of the things that bring us all together.... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2017
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A First Book of Animals
Nicola Davies
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award What a wonderful book to give to a child. It's one which will inspire a real interest in nature and the creatures that share... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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The Song from Somewhere Else
A. F. Harrold
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Award-winning A.F. Harrold blends reality and imagination in a moving and thought-provoking story about... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2017
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CILIP Carnegie 2018 titles

Reader ReviewedRelease
Patrick Ness
***Recommended for 16+ due to content. Book of the Month for May 2018 | Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 |In a Nutshell: love, truth and the power of release | A gripping, soulful novel about a life-changing... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Beyond the Bright Sea
Lauren Wolk
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 | Vivid and heartfelt, Beyond the Bright Sea is a gorgeously crafted, gripping tale of buried treasure and belonging. Beyond the Bright Sea is inspired by true events that took place on Penikese Island... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2017
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Where the World Ends
Geraldine McCaughrean
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | In a nutshell: beautifully written, totally original, mesmerising storytelling In the summer of 1727 a group of men and boys, there to harvest birds... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Wed Wabbit
Lissa Evans
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 | Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2017 | Shortlisted for the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Story Wed Wabbit is a tour de force! Lissa Evans's hilarious, madcap adventure... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/01/2018
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Reader ReviewedAfter the Fire
Will Hill
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 | In a nutshell: tense, super-suspenseful novel based on harrowing real life events After the Fire was inspired by the Waco siege in Texas 1993... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Saint Death
Marcus Sedgwick
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 | In a Nutshell: Gangs dice with death under the gaze of Mexican folk saint. A thought-fuelling thriller set in a gang-run neighbourhood near the border of Mexico and El Norte (America). The... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Reader ReviewedRook
Anthony McGowan
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 | Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: sharply realised slice of real life This finely written story speaks directly to readers in language that is frill free but shines... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Hate u Give
Angie Thomas
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 | One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | April 2017 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Fighting for Justice | Black Lives... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Some of our favourite past winners

Reader ReviewedThere is a Tribe of Kids
Lane Smith
Winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Award-winning Lane Smith's stunning illustrations create a delight of a story which imaginatively and vaguely hints at a pre-historic time and brings it vividly to life. A single child dressed in... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/03/2017
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The Sleeper and the Spindle
Neil Gaiman
Winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016. A deluxe edition of the thrillingly reimagined fairy tale by the magical partnership of award-bedecked, bestselling Neil Gaiman and Children's Laureate Chris Riddell. Award-winning Neil Gaiman shows all his story telling... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 08/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedOne
Sarah Crossan
Winner for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Older Readers Category | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children's Poetry Award).... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Shackleton's Journey
William Grill
Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal 2015 Debut author and illustrator, William Grill, 25, has become the youngest winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal. “I believe there is a large, untapped reserve of non-fiction stories waiting to be re-interpreted that,... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/01/2014
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Reader ReviewedMillions
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Winner of the 2004 CILIP Carnegie Medal When a bag stuffed full of money falls out of a train and into their camp, Damian and Anthony are suddenly rich. Very, very rich, to be precise. But, there is a problem.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/03/2015
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Northern Lights
Philip Pullman
Winner of the 1995 CILIP Carnegie Medal Part one of Philip Pullman's magnificent trilogy. His ‘Dark Materials', is the story of Lyra, a young girl with an exceptional destiny. Brought up in Jordan College, Oxford Lyra uncovers a secret about... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/03/2015
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Watership Down
Richard Adams
Winner of the 1972 CILIP Carnegie Medal A book that resonates as vividly today as it did nearly half a century ago, this keepsake Oneworld Classic edition showcases more than twenty sumptuous, evocative paintings from Aldo Galli, an illustrator chosen... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/11/2014
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This is Not My Hat
Jon Klassen
Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - Winner of the UKLA Book Awards 3-6yrs 2014 - Winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal. One of Julia Eccleshare's Stand-out Children's Book of the Year 2012 Best-selling illustrator Jon Klassen... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2014
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The Edge of the Cloud
K. M. Peyton
Winner of the 1969 CILIP Carnegie Medal K.M. Peyton won the Carnegie Medal for this romantic and passionate story set in the run up to World War 1. A sequel to Flambards, it tells how Christina, now seventeen, fleeing her... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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Buffalo Soldier
Tanya Landman
Winner of the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal The Judges comment “We were particularly impressed with how Buffalo Soldier explored what it means to be truly free: the evolving idea of freedom is an essential part of this gripping, often... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
Chris Riddell
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal - Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2013 Bestselling author/illustrator Chris Riddell creates a fantastical world in which Ada Goth, daughter of the strange Lord Goth of Ghastly-Gorm Hall, is growing up.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/09/2013
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The Ghost of Thomas Kempe
Penelope Lively
Winner of the 1973 CILIP Carnegie Medal The Ghost of Thomas Kempe is a timeless and haunting story, critically acclaimed, this Carnegie award winning novel also made it into The Independent's ‘Top Ten Ghost Stories of all time'. Penelope Lively... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 26/09/2013
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A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness
Winner of the 2012 Carnegie Medal AND 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal. This is the first time, in the Awards 75 year history, that one book has won both prizes! Rachel Levy chair of the 2012 CILIP Carnegie judging panel... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2012
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I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato
Lauren Child
Winner of the 2000 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Witty, colourful and unpredictable this is a delightful picture book that has a very original presentation. With a fussy eater at its core we discover that various vegetables come from all manner... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/10/2007
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (illustrated by Helen Oxenbury)
Lewis Carroll
Winner of the 1999 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Full of the most wondrous wit and humour, wonderful magic and believable nonsense, this particular edition has the most stunning illustrations that complement the imaginative story that's anything but dull. The... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/05/2001
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Maggot Moon
Sally Gardner
One of our Books of the Year 2013. Winner of the two most prestigious children's book awards - the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 and the Children's Costa Award... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/01/2013
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Junk
Melvin Burgess
Winner of the 1996 CILIP Carnegie Medal When it was published in 1996 it created a Storm of Protest - especially from those who didn't bother to read it. The book, however, is credible, honest, realistic, moving and sympathetic -... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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Jake Hope, Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel for 2018, said: “The books on the 2018 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals shortlists offer moments of breath-taking poignancy and insight for all readers, young or old. The scope is truly global, stretching from forests to seas, traversing continents and cultures as well as time. The titles explore topical issues with remarkable emotional honesty embracing themes of prejudice, personal growth and development whilst eliciting a wider understanding of the wonders and complexities of the world young people inhabit. Verve and vibrancy radiate memorably from the impressive range of styles in writing and illustration on offer in these books, making the lists perfect for stimulating personal connections and conversation.”

The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards 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.

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.

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.

In 2017, the special 80th anniversary year, the winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal was There is a Tribe of Kids written and illustrated by Lane Smith. The 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal went to Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.

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:

andrew carnegieIt 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.

kate greenaway

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

And keep up with news about the Carnegie Greenaway Medals @CILIPCKG


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