Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Longlists announced

Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2017

The longlists for the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals have been announced, together with plans for celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Carnegie Medal and the 60th anniversary of the Kate Greenaway Medal.

As part of the anniversary celebrations, shadowing groups are being invited to adopt a Carnegie Medal winning book and join in reading and discussing the anniversary titles in their shadowing groups. Resources exploring previous winners are also available. Many well known names are shortlisted, including JK Rowling with the illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone illustrated by Jim Kay, Frank Cottrell Boyce for Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth, Philip Reeve with Railhead and Chris Riddell for his illustrations of Michael Rosen's A Great Big Cuddle. Meanwhile the late Mal Peet could posthumously win the Carnegie for his final book, Beck, which was completed by Meg Rosoff and in a rare double, writer and illustrator Brian Selznick's The Marvels is in the running for both this year's medals. If he wins both, he will be the first ever writer and illustrator to be awarded both medals for the same book. Chair of judges Tricia Adams said it was a strong year for nominations with many issues covered that would not, in previous generations, be addressed in children's literature. "Themes that emerged this year were refugees, sexuality, transgender issues and depression - some quite difficult concepts for children to talk about," said Adams, adding, "Books really do provide a refuge and a safe place for them to explore almost everything". However, the awards are no stranger to controversy and the announcement of the Carnegie longlist is generating debate about the lack of any BAME authors featured - although several were nominated, including Kwame Alexander for Booked, Malorie Blackman's Chasing the Stars and Alex Wheatle for Crongton Knights. Wheatle is reported to have told his publisher not to submit his next book for the 2018 award. The shortlists for both the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 will be announced on Thursday 16th March, with the winners being announced on Monday 19th June. Here are the longlists in full: 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal Longlist Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare (Firefly Press) Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Pan Macmillan) Unbecoming by Jenny Downham (David Fickling Books) The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon (Orion Children's Books) How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss (Simon & Schuster) The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (Faber & Faber) Whisper to Me by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury) Beetle Boy by MG Leonard (Chicken House) The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard (Old Barn Books) Pax by Sara Pennypacker (HarperCollins) Railhead by Philip Reeve (Oxford University Press) Beck by Mal Peet with Meg Rosoff (Walker Books) Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D Schmidt (Andersen Press) The Marvels by Brian Selznick (Scholastic) Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Puffin) Island by Nicky Singer (Caboodle Books) Dreaming the Bear by Mimi Thebo (Oxford University Press) Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford (HarperCollins) Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk (Corgi) The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (Andersen Press) 2017 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Longlist Alpha illustrated by Barroux, written by Bessora, translated by Sarah Ardizzone (The Bucket List) Return illustrated and written by Aaron Becker (Walker Books) Wild Animals of the North illustrated and written by Dieter Braun (Flying Eye Books) Bob the Artist illustrated and written by Marion Deuchars (Laurence King Publishing) The Lion Inside illustrated by Jim Field, written by Rachel Bright (Orchard Books) Perfect illustrated by Cathy Fisher, written by Nicola Davies (Graffeg) Tidy illustrated and written by Emily Gravett (Pan Macmillan) The Wolves of Currumpaw illustrated and written by William Grill (Flying Eye Books) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone illustrated by Jim Kay, written by J.K. Rowling (Bloomsbury) The Whale illustrated by Ethan Murrow, written by Vita Murrow (Templar) Greenling illustrated and written by Levi Pinfold (Templar) A Great Big Cuddle illustrated by Chris Riddell and written by Michael Rosen (Walker Books) A Beginner's Guide to Bear Spotting illustrated by David Roberts, written by Michelle Robinson (Bloomsbury) 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) Rain illustrated and written by Sam Usher (Templar) Counting Lions illustrated by Stephen Walton and written by Virginia McKenna and Katie Cotton (Frances Lincoln Children's Books) Little One illustrated and written by Johanna Weaver (Hodder Children's Books) The Great Fire of London illustrated by James Weston Lewis, written by Emma Adams (Wayland Books)

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