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

The Winners of the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards have been announced!  Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys wins the Carnegie Medal in this special 80th anniversary year and There is a Tribe of Kids written and illustrated by Lane Smith takes the Kate Greenaway Medal.

For the winners and shortlisted books 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.



CILIP Kate Greenaway 2017 titles

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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Reader ReviewedTidy
Emily Gravett
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, April 2017 | Award-winning Emily Gravett's stunning picture book is a charming, witty and moral tale about the perils of making the world look... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/03/2017
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
J. K. Rowling
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Exciting news for all Harry Potter fans, Bloomsbury has published the first fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, with artwork from the awesomely talented Kate Greenaway Medal... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2015
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Reader ReviewedA Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children's Poetry Award). Children's Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young. ... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2015
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Wild Animals of the North
Dieter Braun
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | A gorgeously illustrated study of the Northern Hemisphere's wild animals, this biologically accurate encyclopedia of beasts will enthrall all. From the polar bears of the Arctic to the North American pumas and... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/04/2016
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The Journey
Francesca Sanna
Winner of the UKLA 2017 Book Award | Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 and awarded the Amnesty CILIP Honour | Shortlisted for the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize | A powerful picturebook which teacher judges described as “taking... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/04/2016
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The Wolves of Currumpaw
William Grill
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | A beautiful and moving re-telling of the first short story from Ernest Thompson Seton's 1898 classic collection, ‘Wild Animals I Have Known', this... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 11/05/2016
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The Marvels
Brian Selznick
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Filled with mystery, vibrant characters, surprise twists, and heart-rending beauty, and featuring Selznick's most arresting... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 15/09/2015
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CILIP Carnegie 2017 titles

Salt to the Sea
Ruta Sepetys
Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award It's early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2016
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Railhead
Philip Reeve
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | August 2016 Book of the Month Set in a shining future world, where trains rumble not just through towns and countryside but across whole... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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The Smell of Other People's Houses
Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock's extraordinary, stunning debut is both moving, and deeply authentic. These intertwining stories of love,... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedSputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | With all the invention, originality and insight that is typical of his writing for children, Frank Cottrell Boyce takes the sad story of Laika,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedBeck
Meg Rosoff, Mal Peet
*** Suitable for ages 16+ Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | In turns brutal and passionate, Beck is an utterly compelling story of survival and romance which will catch the breath of all readers and inspire them to... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Wolf Hollow
Lauren Wolk
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | A young girl's kindness, compassion, and honesty overcome bullying. Powerful, poignant and lyrical, Wolf Hollow is an unforgettable story. Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Bone Sparrow
Zana Fraillon
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 and awarded the Amnesty CILIP Honour | Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 | In a Nutshell: Refugees | Resilience | Friendship A heartfelt, harrowing insight into life as a Rohingya... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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The Stars at Oktober Bend
Glenda Millard
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | August 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Survival | Friendship | Power of words Heartrending and, ultimately, hopeful, this tells the... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2016
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Some of our favourite past winners

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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Tricia Adams, Chair of the 2017 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel, said: “It is a tremendous privilege to judge the Medals in this double anniversary year. The books that have triumphed demonstrate the vitally important role literature and illustration play in helping children and young people to understand the world around them, be that through a historical lens or through the natural world around them. These, and the Amnesty Honour commendations selected from the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway shortlists, poignantly prove the importance of stories in making voices heard – especially those of the dispossessed – encouraging the young reader to look beyond the headlines.”

Pictured; Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal Ruta Sepetys (Salt to the Sea) and winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, Lane Smith (There is a Tribe of Kids).

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.

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 were announced on Monday 19 June. The winners each received £500 worth of books to donate to their local library. The winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal was 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.

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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