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Carnegie and Greenaway shortlists announced

19th Mar 20


The shortlists for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK's oldest book awards for children and young people, have been announced but it is unclear how this year's Shadowing and Shadowers' Choice Award will be managed in the light of school closures.


Schools that have ordered shortlisted packs should receive those today.

A message on the Carnegie / Greenaway website states that the this year's Shadowing offer will be 'as digital and virtual as possible'. A range of online Shadowing resources and activities, available on the website, includes:

- Reading Resources containing notes and activity ideas on each shortlisted book.
- Interactive book pages where shadowers can post reviews, share artwork and ask the author or illustrator a question.

- Competitions to inspire creativity.

- And exclusive author and illustrator videos to be published weekly.

Any news or changes to this year's Shadowing Scheme will be announced via email.


The Carnegie and Greenaway shortlists have been selected by volunteer Youth Librarians from longlists of 20 books per Medal. With its diverse range of books focusing on environmentalism, kindness and bravery, the shortlists reflect the awards' mission 'to inspire and empower the next generation to shape a better world through books and reading'.

Debuts in this year's shortlists include Dean Atta, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal with The Black Flamingo, and author and illustrator Beth Waters (Child of St Kilda) is in the running for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

A translated book has been shortlisted for the first time in Carnegie Medal history with the inclusion of Lampie, a debut novel written originally in Dutch by Annet Schaap and translated by Laura Watkinson.


The 2020 shortlists are as follows:


2020 CILIP Carnegie Medal shortlist:

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, illustrated by Anshika Khullar (Hachette Children's Group)

Nowhere on Earth by Nick Lake (Hachette Children's Group)

Lark by Anthony McGowan (Barrington Stoke)

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay (Little Tiger)

Lampie written and illustrated by Annet Schaap and translated by Laura Watkinson (Pushkin Children's Books)

Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black by Marcus Sedgwick and Julian Sedgwick, illustrated by Alexis Deacon (Walker Books)

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (Walker Books)

Girl. Boy. Sea. by Chris Vick (Head of Zeus)


2020 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist:

You're Snug with Me illustrated by Poonam Mistry and written by Chitra Soundar (Lantana Publishing)

The Iron Man illustrated by Chris Mould and written by Ted Hughes (Faber and Faber)

The Suitcase written and illustrated by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros (Nosy Crow)

The Undefeated illustrated by Kadir Nelson and written by Kwame Alexander (Andersen Press)

The Dam illustrated by Levi Pinfold and written by David Almond (Walker Books)

Mary and Frankenstein illustrated by Julia Sarda and written by Linda Bailey (Andersen Press)

Tales from the Inner City written and illustrated by Shaun Tan (Walker Books)

Child of St Kilda written and illustrated by Beth Waters (Child's Play)


Several books on the shortlist tell stories that champion the importance of community, friendships and family bonds. Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, The Suitcase by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros is a story about friendship and the importance of showing kindness to those in need, while You're Snug with Me - illustrated by Poonam Mistry and written by Chitra Soundar - is a story about a mother's love, as a bear teaches her two cubs the secrets of the Earth and their place in it.

On the Carnegie shortlist, Lark by Anthony McGowan explores the bond between brothers, as they try to make their way back home after getting lost, while Nowhere on Earth, written by Nick Lake, sees two siblings survive a plane crash and protect each other from the men hunting them.

Also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal are Randy Ribay's Patron Saints of Nothing, a story about a Filipino-American teenager's quest to uncover the truth about his cousin's murder and help his family grieve together, and Girl. Boy. Sea. by Chris Vick, is a novel about an unlikely friendship between a British boy and a Berber girl, both stranded at sea, and their will to survive against all the odds.

Books exploring themes of identity and survival appear widely on the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway shortlists: The Undefeated, a picture book illustrated by Kadir Nelson and written by Kwame Alexander, is a graphic portrayal of the realities of slavery and celebrates the achievements of the activists, artists and sportspeople who succeeded against the odds; while On the Come Up, by previously shortlisted Angie Thomas and winner of the 2018 Amnesty CILIP Honour, tells the story of an aspiring rapper finding her voice while resisting the stereotypes placed on her by teachers and strangers alike.

The continued popularity of verse novels is reflected in this year's medals. Dean Atta's The Black Flamingo, illustrated by Anshika Khullar, uses verse to tell the story of a mixed-race gay teen on a journey of self-acceptance as he spreads his wings as a drag performer, whilst The Undefeated references lyrics and lines originally shared by the featured icons, blending them into a powerful poem to explore slavery and the endurance and spirit of those who survived and thrived.

The tradition of Kate Greenaway shortlisted books reimagining classic stories continues this year with Mary and Frankenstein, illustrated by Julia Sarda and written by Linda Bailey, a fresh look at the author behind the famous Frankenstein story, while illustrations by previously shortlisted Chris Mould brings an environmental angle to Ted Hughes' The Iron Man, a tale of harmony between mankind and machines.

The winners for both the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals 2020 will be announced on Wednesday 17th June 2020 at a special daytime event at The British Library, hosted by University Challenge star and CILIP Library Champion, Bobby Seagull.

It is less clear how the Shadowers' Choice Award - voted for and awarded by the children and young people who shadow the Medals - will be managed as schools are closed and shadowing groups unable to meet up. The winner would normally announced alongside the two Medal winners in June 2020.

CILIP partners with Amnesty International to provide human rights focused resources, activities and discussion points alongside questions on representation and inclusion from new partners, Inclusive Minds.

Resources for the Shadowing Scheme are supported by CLPE and the English and Media Centre.

Find out more about the awards and available resources, here:
carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/
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