Carnegie and Greenaway Longlists announced

The longlists for the CILIP Carnegie Greenaway are published today, with the final shortlists to be announced on Thursday 15th March 2018, when hundreds of schools will begin shadowing the awards.

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK's oldest book awards for children and young people and are unique in being judged by children's librarians. The 40-strong list of titles for the 2018 Medals (20 on each longlist) were selected from 237 nominations, read by an expert team of 12 volunteer Youth Librarians from across the UK.

The 20-strong longlist for the CILIP Carnegie Medal for writing includes Joseph Coelho's Overheard in a Tower Block - a poetic narrative about a city childhood - as well as former teen rapper Angie Thomas' debut, The Hate U Give. The book, already a bestseller and currently being adapted for film, is the only debut novel in this category.

Other longlisted titles including those by multi-Carnegie Medal winners and shortlistees including David Almond, Lissa Evans, Jim Kay, Jon Klassen, Geraldine McCaughrean, Patrick Ness, Levi Pinfold, Katherine Rundell, Philip Reeve, Marcus Sedgwick and Lane Smith.

In the 2017 Kate Greenaway Medal we have former Kate Greenaway winner Levi Pinfold, who is longlisted twice this year for two different books: The Secret Horses of Briar Hill and The Song from Somewhere Else. Alongside a raft of well-known illustrators, they are up against Julia Sarda's debut picture book, The Liszts, and A Child of Books, a collaboration between first-time children's writer and illustrator Sam Winston and Oliver Jeffers.

For the second year in a row, one book is in the running for both Medals. The Song from Somewhere Else, written by A.F. Harrold and illustrated by Levi Pinfold, appears on both the Carnegie and the Kate Greenaway longlists. The only other previous double win was A Monster Calls in 2012, written by Patrick Ness and illustrated by Jim Kay.

Jake Hope, Chair, CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel, confirmed that a public consultation will be opened shortly as part of an ongoing diversity review of the Medals, following the furor last year when no BAME writers were included in the longlists.

Hope said, "It is so important that young people growing up today have access to and are represented in books that fire their imaginations and open worlds of possibilities. Which is why I am so pleased that we will shortly open a public consultation as part of the ongoing diversity review of the Medals which aims to ensure we can be the best champions of equality, participation and inclusion possible."

He added, "Regardless of tastes or interests, this year's longlists offer something for everyone, from established winners to exciting debuts, from fiction based in the past, to stories of the present and those in possible futures, from real life to fantasy, from factual books about the world around us, to richly imagined representations of the emotions and experiences that are familiar to children and young people in their everyday."

The shortlists for both the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals 2018 will be announced on Thursday 15th March 2018, with the winners being announced on Monday 18th June 2018 at a special daytime event at The British Library, hosted by June Sarpong. The winners will each receive £500 worth of books to donate to their local library, a specially commissioned golden medal and a £5,000 Colin Mears Award cash prize.

Once the shortlists are selected by the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judges, a separate team of judges will select a title from each shortlist to be the recipient of the Amnesty CILIP Honour: a commendation for books that most distinctively illuminate, uphold or celebrate human rights.

In 2017, CILIP announced an independent review into how equality, diversity, inclusion and participation can best be championed and embedded into the work of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals. Chaired by Margaret Casely-Hayford, the Diversity Review is taking place throughout the 2018 Medals cycle and is currently in consultation phase, which involves an online survey and focus groups. The survey - in development with Coventry University - will be launched by March 2018.

2018 CILIP Carnegie Medal longlist (alphabetical by surname):

1. The Tale of Angelino Brown by David Almond - illustrated by Alex T. Smith (Walker Books)

2. The Hypnotist by Laurence Anholt (Penguin Random House)

3. Overheard in a Tower Block by Joseph Coelho - illustrated by Kate Milner (Otter-Barry Books)

4. Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans (David Fickling Books)

5. The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Chicken House)

6. The Song from Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold - illustrated by Levi Pinfold (Bloomsbury)

7. After the Fire by Will Hill (Usborne)

8. Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird (Macmillan)

9. Out of Heart by Irfan Master (Bonnier Zaffre)

10. A Berlin Love Song by Sarah Matthias (Troika Books)

11. Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean (Usborne)

12. Rook by Anthony McGowan (Barrington Stoke)

13. Release by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)

14. The Call by Peadar O'Guilin (David Fickling Books)

15. Black Light Express by Philip Reeve (Oxford University Press)

16. The Explorer by Katherine Rundell, illus by Hannah Horn (Bloomsbury)

17. Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick (Hachette)

18. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Walker Books)

19. Encounters by Jason Wallace (Andersen Press)

20. Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk (Penguin Random House)

2018 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal longlist (alphabetical by surname):

1. Wild Animals of the South written and illustrated by Dieter Braun (Flying Eye Books)

2. King of the Sky by Nicola Davies, illustrated, by Laura Carlin (Walker Books)

3. The Pond by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Cathy Fisher (Graffeg)

4. Night Shift written and illustrated by Debi Gliori (Bonnier Zaffre)

5. Bad Bunnies' Magic Show written and illustrated by Mini Grey (Simon & Schuster)

6. A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Petr Horácek (Walker Books)

7. A Child of Books written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston (co-creators) (Walker Books)

8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay (Bloomsbury)

9. We Found a Hat written and illustrated by Jon Klassen (Walker Books)

10. The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd, illustrated by Levi Pinfold (Walker Books)

11. The Song from Somewhere Else written by A.F Harrold, illustrated by Levi Pinfold (Bloomsbury)

12. The Liszts written by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Julia Sarda (Andersen Press)

13. The Pavee and the Buffer Girl written by Siobhan Dowd, illustrated by Emma Shoard (Barrington Stoke)

14. Penguin Problems written by Jory John, illustrated by Lane Smith (Walker Books)

15. Town is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Sydney Smith (Walker Books)

16. Thornhill written and illustrated by Pam Smy (David Fickling Books)

17. Lots: The Diversity of Life on Earth written by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Emily Sutton (Walker Books)

18. Storm Whale written by Sarah Brennan, illustrated by Jane Tanner (Old Barn Books)

19. Under the Same Sky written and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup (Little Tiger Press)

20. The Secret of Black Rock written and illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton (Flying Eye Books)

15/02/2018Carnegie and Greenaway Longlists announced

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