The Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Medals are amongst the most prestigious awards in children’s literature. The Carnegie Medal was first given in 1936 and is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955 for distinguished illustration in a book for children or young people. Past Greenaway winners include Charles Keeping for The Highway Man and Shirley Hughes for Ella’s Big Chance. C S Lewis for The Last Battle and Penelope Lively with The Ghost of Thomas Kempe are amongst the eminent Carnegie winners.
One of the things that distinguishes these prizes from others is that all nominations are made by, and all judging is carried out by members of The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), prominent in this process are members of CILIP’s Youth Libraries Group (YLG). As well as individual members nominating books YLG’s regional branches can nominate two books for each of the awards.
The North West branch of YLG would like to invite CILIP members attending our Unconference on Saturday 11th October at Liverpool Central Library to take part in this process. Below is the list of books we will be considering on the day. It would be great if you could have a read of some before then. If you can’t, don’t panic. Members of the branch committee will be championing each book, helping you decide which book to vote for. Copies of the books will also be available on the day, so you can get a feel of them.
Oi Frog – Jim Field
Captain Cat – Inga Moore
Fortunately the Milk – Chris Riddel
Tinder – David Roberts
Nuts in Space – Elys Dolan
The Stone Lion – Ritva Voutila
Two Boys Kissing – David Levithan
Picture Me Gone – Meg Rossoff
Apple and Rain – Sarah Crossan
Scarlet Ibis – Gill Lewis
The Middle of Nowhere – Geraldine McCaughrean
Echo Boy – Matt Haig
I look forward to seeing you at the Unconference. Happy reading.
North West YLG’s Carnegie/Kate Greenaway judge