The shortlists for the 2018 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s oldest book awards for children and young people, are announced today, Thursday 15th March.
Alongside Carnegie Medal regulars Patrick Ness – in the running for a record third Carnegie Medal – Geraldine McCaughrean and Marcus Sedgwick are former shortlistees Lauren Wolk and Lissa Evans, as well as teen rapper-turned-author Angie Thomas and Will Hill. Anthony McGowan is shortlisted for his Barrington Stoke novel Rook.
Petr Horáček, Levi Pinfold and Laura Carlin are all in the running for the Kate Greeaway Medal as well as Debi Gliori, Pan Smy and Britta Teckentrup. Sydney Smith is shortlisted for a second year.
The 2018 shortlists are:
The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 shortlist in full:
Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans (David Fickling Books)
After the Fire by Will Hill (Usborne)
Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean (Usborne)
Rook by Anthony McGowan (Barrington Stoke)
Release by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)
Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Walker Books)
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk (Corgi)
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 shortlist:
King of the Sky illustrated by Laura Carlin and written by Nicola Davies (Walker Books)
Night Shift illustrated and written by Debi Gliori (Hot Key Books)
A First Book of Animals illustrated by Petr Horáček and written by Nicola Davies (Walker Books)
The Song from Somewhere Else illustrated by Levi Pinfold and written by A.F. Harrold (Bloomsbury)
Town is by the Sea illustrated by Sydney Smith and written by Joanne Schwartz (Walker Books)
Thornhill illustrated and written by Pam Smy (David Fickling Books)
Under the Same Sky illustrated and written by Britta Teckentrup (Little Tiger)
Jake Hope, Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel for 2018, said: ‘The books on the 2018 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals shortlists offer moments of breath-taking poignancy and insight for all readers, young or old. The scope is truly global, stretching from forests to seas, traversing continents and cultures as well as time. The titles explore topical issues with remarkable emotional honesty embracing themes of prejudice, personal growth and development whilst eliciting a wider understanding of the wonders and complexities of the world young people inhabit. Verve and vibrancy radiate memorably from the impressive range of styles in writing and illustration on offer in these books, making the lists perfect for stimulating personal connections and conversation.’
The shortlists of 15 books were whittled down from a longlist of 40 titles (20 per medal), selected from a record breaking 237 nominated books, each read by the 12 members of the judging panel.
The winners of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals 2018 will be 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.
At the ceremony in June, one title from each shortlist will also be named the recipient of the Amnesty CILIP Honour, which is awarded to the books that most distinctively illuminate, uphold or celebrate human rights. The Honour aims to increase awareness of how great children’s books encourage empathy and broaden horizons. The Amnesty CILIP Honour is selected by a separate team of judges.
The CILIP 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 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 in March 2018.