The 2008 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, established in 1956 and named in honour of the distinguished illustrator, is awarded for ‘outstanding illustration in a children’s book’. The 2008 winner is Emily Gravett for her book Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears (Macmillan). The other shortlisted books were Silly Billy by Anthony Browne (Walker Books), Penguin by Polly Dunbar (Walker), Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett (Macmillan), The Lost Happy Endings by Carol Ann Duffy, ill. Jane Ray (Bloomsbury), Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell (Macmillan) and Banana by Ed Vere (Puffin).
The 2008 CILIP Carnegie Medal
The CILIP Carnegie Medal is the UK’s longest running and most respected award for children’s writing. Philip Reeve is the 2008 winner for Here Lies Arthur (Scholastic). The other shortlisted books were Gatty’s Tale by Kevin Crossley-Holland (Orion), Ruby Red by Linzi Glass (Penguin), Crusade by Elizabeth Laird (Macmillan), Apache by Tanya Landman (Walker), What I Was by Meg Rosoff (Penguin) and Finding Violet Park by Jenny Valentine (HarperCollins).
The 2008 Branford Boase Award
The annual Branford Boase Award celebrates the most promising book for seven-year-olds and upwards by a first-time novelist, and highlights the importance of the editor in nurturing new authors. Before I Die by Jenny Downham, edited by David Fickling and published by David Fickling Books, is the 2008 winner. Managing to be both heart breaking and life-affirming, it is the story of a girl trying desperately to fit a lifetime of experiences into the few weeks left before she dies. Finding Violet Park by Jenny Valentine, edited by Stella Paskins at HarperCollins, was Highly Commended. The other shortlisted titles were Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke, edited by Averil Whitehouse (Walker), Nathan Fox by L Brittney, edited by Rachel Denwood (Macmillan), Waves by Sharon Dogar, edited by Barry Cunningham (Chicken House) and Door of No Return by Sarah Mussi, edited by Beverly Birch (Hodder).