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Carnegie and Greenaway Longlists announced

20th Feb 19


Diversity, women's rights, mental health and human rights are among the themes covered in the titles longlisted for this year's CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway medals, the prestigious children's book awards judged by children's specialist librarians.


The shortlists for both the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals 2019 will be announced on 19th March 2019, with the winners announced on 18th June 2019.

This year there will also be a new award, the Shadowers' Choice Award, which will be announced alongside the two Medal winners in June 2019 and will be voted for and awarded by the children and young people who shadow the Medals.

The 40-strong list of titles for the 2018 Medals (20 on each longlist) were selected from 254 nominations, read by a team of 14 volunteer Youth Librarians from across the UK.

Following a Diversity Review last year, this year's longlists recognise a range of voices and perspectives, from a Syrian refugee living in the UK (The Boy at the Back of the Class) to a Dominican-American growing up in Harlem (The Poet X); a girl living on a Thames sailing barge in Essex (Mud) to a Filipino boy whose tribe is at risk from an American invasion (Bone Talk); a Taiwanese-American in search of her mother's roots (The Astonishing Colour of After) to a boy making the hazardous sea-crossing from North Africa to Europe (Illegal).

Themes covered in the longlisted titles include depression, assisted suicide, controlling behaviour, grief, gender conformity, the refugee crisis and women's rights, helping young people to navigate these important issues. Maria Gulemetova's Beyond the Fence aims to help children vocalise issues around controlling behaviour with teachers and therapists, whilst Jessica Love's Julian is a Mermaid plays with gender stereotypes and celebrates individuality and acceptance. Brian Conaghan explores the controversies of assisted suicide and young carers in The Weight of a Thousand Feathers and in The Family Tree, a posthumously published novella by Mal Peet, illustrated by Emma Shoard, tells the story of a family touched by depression, whilst mental health and friendship are at the heart of Marion Deuchar's Bob's Blue Period.

Anniversaries are also marked, with books reflecting the fight for women's suffrage in the wake of the centenary celebrations including Sally Nicholls' novel Things A Bright Girl and Suffragette: The Battle for Equality, written illustrated by David Roberts. Another anniversary-inspired title, Mary's Monster, written and illustrated by Lita Judge to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, is longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

The longlists also include a variety of formats - fiction, graphic novels, verse novels, poetry and a novella all feature.

There are several first-time contenders for the medals including authors Kwame Alexander (Rebound), Sophie Anderson (The House with Children Legs), Paul Jennings (A Different Boy), Hilary McKay (Hilary MacKay's Fairy Tales) and Jason Reynolds (Long Way Down) with established Carnegie Medal-winning and shortlisted alumni including David Almond (The Colour of the Sun), Sarah Crossan (Moonrise), Frances Hardinge (A Skinful of Shadows), Sally Gardner (My Side of the Diamond) and Philip Reeve (Station Zero).

On the Kate Greenaway longlist arer 2014 winner Jon Klassen (The Wolf, The Duck and the Mouse), 2007 winner Mini Grey (The Last Wolf) and 2016 shortlistee Ross Collins (This Zoo is Not for You), joined by newcomers Aaron Becker (A Stone for Sascha), Allison Colpoys (If All the World Were), Eric Fan and Terry Fan (Ocean Meets Sky), James Mayhew (Mrs Noah's Pockets) and Poonam Mistry (You're Safe with Me).

Alison Brumwell, Chair, CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel, said the longlisted books "entertain, challenge, inspire, and even outrage". She added, "The 40 books selected by judges offer intimate insights into family life, superb world-building and thoughtful, incisive explorations of complex themes and issues. Young readers have the opportunity to encounter characters in a diverse range of narratives who both reflect their own experiences and build empathy for different ways of living. This year's shadowing groups will have plenty to debate and discuss!"

Amnesty International UK continues to support the Medals in partnership with CILIP with resources focusing on human rights awareness and will create human rights-based materials for all the shortlisted books to aid reflection and discussion in classrooms and libraries.

The 2019 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are sponsored by Peters and ALCS, and funded by Carnegie UK Trust.

2019 CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL LONGLIST (alphabetical by author surname):

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Electric Monkey)

Rebound by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile (Andersen Press)

The Colour of the Sun by David Almond (Hodder Children's Books)

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli (Usborne Books)

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers by Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury)

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)

Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki by Kevin Crossley-Holland, illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love (Walker Books)

My Side of the Diamond by Sally Gardner (Hot Key Books)

Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay (David Fickling Books)

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children's Books)

A Different Boy by Paul Jennings, illustrated by Geoff Kelly (Old Barn Books)

The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane, illustrated by Jackie Morris (Hamish Hamilton)

Hilary McKay’s Fairy Tales by Hilary McKay, illustrated by Sarah Gibb (Macmillan Children's Books)

Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls (Andersen Press)

The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan (Orion Children's Books)

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. RaUf (Orion Children's Books)

Station Zero by Philip Reeve (Oxford University Press)

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Chris Priestley (Faber and Faber)

The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders (Faber and Faber)

Mud by Emily Thomas (Andersen Press)


2019 CILIP KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL (alphabetical by illustrator surname):

A Stone for Sascha written and illustrated by Aaron Becker (Walker Books)

The Day the War Came by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb (Walker Books)

This Zoo is Not for You written and illustrated by Ross Collins (Nosy Crow)

If All the World Were... by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Allison Colpoys (Frances Lincoln First Editions)

Bob's Blue Period written and illustrated by Marion Deuchars (Laurence King)

Ocean Meets Sky by Eric Fan and Terry Fan (Lincoln Children's Books)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill (Bloomsbury)

The Last Wolf by Mini Grey (Jonathan Cape)

Beyond the Fence by Maria Gulemetova (Child's Play Library)

Mary's Monster by Lita Judge (Wren & Rook)

The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Walker Books)

Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki by Kevin Crossley-Holland, illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love (Walker Books)

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (Walker Books)

Mrs Noah's Pockets by Jackie Morris, illustrated by James Mayhew (Otter-Barry Books)

You're Safe With Me by Chitra Soundar, illustrated by Poonam Mistry (Lantana Publishing)

The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane, illustrated by Jackie Morris (Hamish Hamilton)

Suffragette: The Battle for Equality written and illustrated by David Roberts (Two Hoots)

Illegal by Eoin Colfer & Andrew Colfer, illustrated by Giovanni Rigano (Hodder Children's Books)

Animals with Tiny Cat by Viviane Schwarz (Walker Books)

The Family Tree by Mal Peet, illustrated by Emma Shoard (Barrington Stoke)


#CKG2019 / #bestchildrensbooks

For further information about the history of the Medals visit:
www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk


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