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

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.

For the shortlists for both the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals for 2016, click on the links below.  I am delighted to say the Lovereading4kids editorial experts had previously picked out all of these titles and they believe every one of the titles deserves to be on the shortlist. We have also this year selected a few favourites from past winners.



CILIP Kate Greenaway 2016 titles

The Sleeper and the Spindle
Neil Gaiman
Winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016. Award-winning Neil Gaiman shows all his story telling skills in this gripping fusion of familiar fairy tales told in a dark-hearted version with some original characters. Especially a bold-hearted queen. Not far... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 23/10/2014
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Reader ReviewedSam and Dave Dig a Hole
Mac Barnett
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016. Award-winning illustrator Jon Klassen has created a second delightful and surprising picture book with Mac Barnett, author of The Dark. Here two boys dig a hole. It doesn't seem to take... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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Willy's Stories
Anthony Browne
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016. A Staff Pick of the Year 2015 - chosen by Louise Weir A stunning picture book with a story to... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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There's a Bear on My Chair
Ross Collins
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016. Text, illustration and design all combine to make this an outstanding picture book. Mouse is cross, there's a bear – a polar bear – on his chair, he won't move and ‘There... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/06/2015
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Footpath Flowers
Jon Arno Lawson
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016. An ode to the importance of small things, small people and small gestures, Footpath Flowers is a quiet but powerful testament to the joy that children can find in ordinary things and... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/05/2015
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Once Upon an Alphabet
Oliver Jeffers
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016. One of our Books of the Year 2014 - December 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning illustrator Oliver Jeffers has created an outstanding alphabet book which goes far beyond the traditional expectations... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 25/09/2014
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Something About a Bear
Jackie Morris
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016. With stunning watercolour paintings, this lyrical picture book describes eight bears from all over the world, all shown in their wild habitats - But which is the best bear of all? Your... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/10/2014
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Captain Jack and the Pirates
Peter Bently
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016. Oxenbury's distinctive style is at the fore in Captain Jack and the Pirates, merging soft blacks and whites with muted colours. Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/07/2015
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CILIP Carnegie 2016 titles

Reader ReviewedOne
Sarah Crossan
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). Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Awards. Shortlisted for the Children's category of the... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Winner of the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 - 16 year old category. WINNER of the 2015 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR and Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Five Children on the Western Front
Kate Saunders
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize. Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2014. Witty, tender and full of insights into life love and politics, this is a brilliant book in... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Ghosts of Heaven
Marcus Sedgwick
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 - 16 year old category. Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. This is a remarkable and surprising book, just when you think... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/03/2015
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Reader ReviewedLies We Tell Ourselves
Robin Talley
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. October 2014 Debut of the Month Fascinating, commanding and stimulating; this work of fiction is steeped in the history of the American school integration struggle in the late 1950's. The author has clearly... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/10/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Rest of Us Just Live Here
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Daring, beautifully written, full of ideas that will bring the reader up short, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a dystopian adventure that mocks dystopian adventures while acknowledging the genre's power... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 27/08/2015
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Reader ReviewedFire Colour One
Jenny Valentine
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Year 2015 Guardian Prize winning author Jenny Valentine's long-awaited new novel is clever, beautifully written, full of ideas. It tells... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedThere Will be Lies
Nick Lake
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 - 16 year old category. Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. One of our Books of the Year 2015 - Joanne Owen's Pick of the Year 2015 Award-winning Nick... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Some of our favourite past winners

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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Millions
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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Included within the shortlists are four previous winners who have a chance of taking home a Medal for the third time: Anthony Browne, Patrick Ness, Helen Oxenbury and Chris Riddell.

Sioned Jacques, Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel for 2016, said: “These exceptionally strong shortlists reflect the huge range of writing and illustrating talent in children’s publishing at the moment. The lists are a true celebration of the longevity of these wonderful talents, with Helen Oxenbury and Anthony Browne showing that they are still delivering incredible work decades after first winning a Medal. Questions of secrecy, lies, who we really are and how we identify ourselves are all explored in different, surprising and innovative ways. Our shortlisted writers and illustrators don’t shy away from difficult or big ideas but skilfully introduce them to young readers in ways that are gripping, moving, entertaining but always, without exception, page-turning.”

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Dawn Finch, President of CILIP, said: “We are without doubt in a golden age of children’s books. From stories set in Victorian times and World War One to a modern day library, from fantasy worlds to the future, these shortlists showcase the enormous talent and unlimited imagination currently to be found in children’s storytelling. There are characters to fall in love and go on adventures with and journeys and discoveries to be made. Each and every one of the books on the shortlists could be a worthy winner and all of them are truly deserving of a global audience.”

The winners for both the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal will be announced on Monday 20 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.

Last year William Grill became the youngest winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal with Shackleton's Journey, an atmospheric depiction of the last days of Shackleton's Antarctic expedition. The Judges said "We are also stunned by how William Grill used such a retro medium – coloured pencils – to bring to life the vastness of the Antarctic environment. Every image, hue, every piece of negative space had a purpose. William may be our youngest winner in half a century but his talent is absolutely fully formed.”

The 2015 Carnegie Medal was won by Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman. The Judges said “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 traumatic book"

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. To find out more click here to visit the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards special website.

More about 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.

More about CILIP The Kate Greenaway Medal:

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.


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