The longlists for the UK’s oldest children’s book awards, the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, now known as the Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards in a new sponsorship deal, are announced today.
There are 18 books in contention for the Yoto Carnegie Medal amongst them novels by debut authors Sue Divin, Kereen Getten, Luke Palmer and Lesley Parr. The list also includes two verse novels, Manjeet Mann’s Costa Children’s Book Award winner The Crossing, and Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam.
Of the 15 books longlisted for the Yoto Kate Greenaway Medal, two are by illustrators who have already won the Medal twice, Emily Gravett and Sydney Smith.
This year both longlists feature non-fiction,
The 2022 Yoto Carnegie Medal longlist in full:
October, October by Katya Balen, illustrated by Angela Harding (Bloomsbury)
We Were Wolves by Jason Cockcroft (Andersen Press)
Guard Your Heart by Sue Divin (Macmillan Children’s Books)
When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle (Andersen Press)
When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten (Pushkin Children’s Books)
The Climbers by Keith Gray (Barrington Stoke)
Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (Faber)
The Wolf Road by Richard Lambert (Everything With Words)
Rat by Patrice Lawrence (Oxford University Press)
Grow by Luke Palmer (Firefly Press)
The Valley of Lost Secrets by Lesley Parr (Bloomsbury)
Tsunami Girl by Julian Sedgwick, illustrated by Chie Kutsuwada (Guppy Books)
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas (Walker Books)
Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle (Andersen Press)
In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner (Andersen Press)
Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
The 2022 Yoto Kate Greenaway Medal longlist in full:
While You’re Sleeping illustrated by John Broadley, written by Mick Jackson (Pavilion Books)
Drawn Across Borders illustrated and written by George Butler (Walker Books)
The Midnight Fair illustrated by Mariachiara Di Giorgio, written by Gideon Sterer (Walker Books)
Wild Child illustrated by Barry Falls, written by Dara McAnulty (Macmillan Children’s Books)
A Cat Called Waverley illustrated and written by Debi Gliori (Otter-Barry Books)
Too Much Stuff illustrated and written by Emily Gravett (Two Hoots)
Diamonds illustrated and written by Armin Greder (Allen & Unwin Children’s Books)
Over the Shop illustrated by Qin Leng, written by JonArno Lawson (Walker Books)
Milo Imagines the World illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de la Pena (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Shu Lin’s Grandpa illustrated by Yu Rong, written by Matt Goodfellow (Otter-Barry Books)
I Talk Like a River illustrated by Sydney Smith, written by Jordan Scott (Walker Books)
The House by the Lake illustrated by Britta Teckentrup, written by Thomas Harding (Walker Books)
The Wanderer illustrated and written by Peter Van den Ende (Pushkin Children’s Books)
The longlists were chosen from 148 nominations by the judging panel, which includes 14 children’s and youth librarians from CILIP’s Youth Libraries Group.
Jennifer Horan, Chair of Judges for the Yoto Carnegie and Greenaway Awards 2022, says, ‘It is a real privilege to be chairing the judging panel during what has been an exceptional year for children’s publishing. We were transported and moved by evocative and lyrical prose; taken on fantastical journeys and invited into new worlds through powerful illustration; and given real hope by the messages of humanity, connection and community that so many of this year’s longlisted books share. I congratulate all the authors and illustrators on their outstanding work, which will bring young readers so much pleasure and reassurance in these times of worry.’
The shortlists will be announced on Wednesday 16th March and the winners will be announced and celebrated on Thursday 16th June at a ceremony at The British Library.
Now in its fourth year, the Shadowers’ Choice Award – voted for and awarded by the children and young people who shadow the Medals – will also be announced at the ceremony.
Yoto, the innovative, screen-free audio platform for children, is the headline sponsor for the Awards. The ambition of the recently announced three-year partnership is to increase the visibility, profile and reach of the Awards to inspire and empower a new generation of readers. The Awards are also sponsored by Peters, the official book supplier, and ALCS.