THE CILIP CARNEGIE AND KATE GREENAWAY SHORTLISTS 2017
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The shortlists for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced. More than ninety books were nominated by librarians for the awards, of these 20 in each category where longlisted. Eight have now made it onto the shortlists.
The Kate Greenaway Award features previous winners Emily Gravett, William Grill and Jim Kay as well as Chris Riddell, who last year won the award for an unprecedented third time. New illustrators also feature including Dieter Braun and Francesca Sanna, both published by independent Flying Eye Books who dominate the shortlist with three of the eight books.
There are a number of regulars on the Carnegie shortlist too as well as debut authors Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock and Lauren Wolk. The list is certain to provoke the usual controversy when the wider world realises that Beck features explicit descriptions of sexual abuse. The judges were criticised on the announcement of the longlists for omitting books by BAME authors. CILIP has responded to this by commissioning an independently chaired review of Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals as part of its wider Equality and Diversity Plan to be published in the summer of 2017.
The shortlists in full are:
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 shortlist:
Wild Animals of the North illustrated and written by Dieter Braun (Flying Eye Books)
TIDY illustrated and written by Emily Gravett (Two Hoots)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated by Jim Kay, written by J.K. Rowling (Bloomsbury)
A Great Big Cuddle illustrated by Chris Riddell and written by Michael Rosen (Walker Books)
The Journey illustrated and written by Francesca Sanna (Flying Eye Books)
The Marvels illustrated and written by Brian Selznick (Scholastic)
There is a Tribe of Kids illustrated and written by Lane Smith (Two Hoots)
The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 shortlist:
Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Pan Macmillan)
The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (Faber & Faber)
The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard (Old Barn Books)
Railhead by Philip Reeve (Oxford University Press)
Beck by Mal Peet with Meg Rosoff (Walker Books)
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Puffin)
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk (Corgi)
Tricia Adams, Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel for 2017, said: ‘Both of these shortlists celebrate the wonderful talent on offer, from established names to debut authors and illustrators making a real impact with their first books. Questions of identity, friendship and responsibility, both to others and to the natural world, are key themes this year. It is also hugely heartening to see our shortlisted writers and illustrators tackling potentially difficult and big ideas whilst introducing them to younger readers in a wide range of page-turning yet different ways.
The winners will be announced on Monday 19 June at a lunchtime ceremony at RIBA in central London.
The winners will each receive £500 worth of books to donate to their local library, a specially commissioned golden medal and £5,000 each from the Colin Mears Award. At the ceremony in June, one title from each shortlist will also be named the recipient of the Amnesty CILIP Honour, awarded to books that most distinctively illuminate, upholds or celebrate freedoms. The Honour aims to increase awareness of how great children’s books encourage empathy and broaden horizons. The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals shortlists were announced at a celebratory event at Amnesty International in London.