Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal : The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Electric Monkey)
Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal: The Lost Words illustrated by Jackie Morris, written by Robert Macfarlane (Hamish Hamilton)
This is the first time both Elizabeth Acevedo and Jackie Morris have won a prestigious Medal in either category. The Poet X is Acevedo’s debut novel. Morris has previously been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2016 for Something About a Bear.
It is the first time in the Medals history that both winning titles have been written in verse: in The Poet X, in verse influenced by slam poetry; in The Lost Words, in the form of spells. Only one verse novel has previously won the Carnegie Medal: Sarah Crossan’s One, in 2016.
Elizabeth Acevedo : “I think we should have poetry in every room as much as possible, and because I fundamentally believe in Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop’s words that children’s literature should be a mirror and a window.”
Jackie Morris : “The times ahead are challenging. It seems to me that artists, writers, musicians have one job at the moment – to help to tell the truth about what is happening to this small and fragile world we inhabit, to re-engage with the natural world, to inspire and to imagine better ways to live. Because there is no Planet B and we are at a turning point. And because in order to make anything happen it first needs to be imagined. And as writers and illustrators for children we grow the readers and thinkers of the future."
CILIP Carnegie Medal shortlist (alphabetical by author surname)
Rebound by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile (Andersen Press)
The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli (Usborne Books)
Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay (David Fickling Books)
A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children's Books)
Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls (Andersen Press)
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Chris Priestley (Faber & Faber)
The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders (Faber & Faber)
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist (alphabetical by illustrator surname)
The Day War Came illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, written by Nicola Davies (Walker Books)
Ocean Meets Sky illustrated and written by Eric Fan and Terry Fan (Lincoln Children’s Books)
Beyond the Fence illustrated and written by Maria Gulemetova (Child's Play Library)
The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett (Walker Books)
Julian is a Mermaid illustrated and written by Jessica Love (Walker Books)
You're Safe With Me illustrated by Poonam Mistry, written by Chitra Soundar (Lantana Publishing)
Suffragette: The Battle for Equality illustrated and written by David Roberts (Two Hoots)
Last years Carnegie Winner, Geraldine McCaughrean said “When I won the Carnegie 30 years ago, it felt like a licence to go on writing – to call myself an author. I am almost ashamed of how much I wanted to win again – just to prove to myself that it wasn’t a fluke!”
Sydney Smith, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 said: “Although this story is specific to a place and a time, the context of childhood is universal. There is something so beautiful about the universality of the complicated richness of youth. It is a dream come true to see my work, crafted from my heart, for family and my home to be honoured by the highest of praises. There is no better feeling than to be recognized for something that was created with sincerity and joy. I regard this honour as a challenge to continue to work with such tools.”
Alison Brumwell, Chair, CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel, in a speech that paid tribute to the recently departed John Burningham and Judith Kerr, Chair of judges Alison Brumwell praised the immeasurable, lasting impact children’s books and illustration have on our minds, both as young people and later as adults.
“2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The right to an education and to be able to read are fundamentals. We know how much power a book holds between its covers. This year’s two Medals winners are a case in point, each offering a rich, layered reading experience and an enduring power to inspire.
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 & 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 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:
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.
The winners for both the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal were announced on Tuesday 18 June and each received £500 worth of books to donate to their local library, a specially commissioned golden medal and a £5,000 Colin Mears Award cash prize.
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