SHORTLISTS FOR 2017 CILIP CARNEGIE AND KATE GREENAWAY MEDALS ANNOUNCED
The shortlists for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s oldest and most prestigious book awards for children and young people, were announced last night.
- Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell could win record-breaking fourth Kate Greenaway Medal in 60th anniversary year
- Dieter Braun’s Wild Animals of the North, shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, is first ever book in translation to feature on either shortlist
- Mal Peet’s final novel Beck, co-authored by Meg Rosoff, could posthumously win the 80th anniversary Carnegie
The Kate Greenaway Medal, which celebrates illustration in children’s books, sees Chris Riddell, the Children’s Laureate, in the running to win an unprecedented fourth Kate Greenaway Medal just a year after his hat-trick in 2016. Riddell is joined by another potential record-breaker in the form of Dieter Braun’s Wild Animals of the North. Originally published in German, this is the first ever translated title to make the Kate Greenaway shortlist (bearing in mind the Medals have only been open to translated works in English since 2015).
Mal Peet’s final novel Beck, co-authored by Meg Rosoff, could become only the second book to win the Carnegie Medal posthumously, following Siobhan Dowd’s Bog Child in 2009.
The 2017 shortlists in full are:
The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 shortlist (alphabetically by author surname):
- Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Pan Macmillan)
- The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon (Orion Children’s Books)
- The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (Faber & Faber)
- The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard (Old Barn Books)
- Railhead by Philip Reeve (Oxford University Press)
- Beck by Mal Peet with Meg Rosoff (Walker Books)
- Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Puffin)
- Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk (Corgi)
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 shortlist (alphabetically by illustrator surname):
- Wild Animals of the North illustrated and written by Dieter Braun (Flying Eye Books)
- TIDY illustrated and written by Emily Gravett (Two Hoots)
- 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)
- A Great Big Cuddle illustrated by Chris Riddell and written by Michael Rosen (Walker Books)
- 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)
Tricia Adams, Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel for 2017, said: “Both of these shortlists celebrate the wonderful talent on offer, from established names to debut authors and illustrators making a real impact with their first books. Questions of identity, friendship and responsibility, both to others and to the natural world, are key themes this year. It is also hugely heartening to see our shortlisted writers and illustrators tackling potentially difficult and big ideas whilst introducing them to younger readers in a wide range of page-turning yet different ways.”
Kate Arnold, President of CILIP, said: “From stories set in futuristic fantasy worlds to the Second World War, from modern day refugee camps in Australia to Depression-era America, both shortlists celebrate the huge imagination of some of the finest storytellers and artists today. There are journeys to be made, friendships to discover, characters to fall in love with and worlds to truly immerse oneself in.”
The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the oldest children’s book awards in the UK, with the first winners announced in 1936 and 1956 respectively. The titles on the shortlists are selected from nominations for their literary and artistic merit and are contenders for the highest accolades in children’s literature, with previous winners including legendary talents Arthur Ransome, C.S Lewis and Mary Norton for the Carnegie Medal and illustrators Quentin Blake, Shirley Hughes and Raymond Briggs for the Kate Greenaway Medal.
The winners for both the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal will be announced on Monday 19th June at a lunchtime ceremony at RIBA in central London.
The winners will each receive £500 worth of books to donate to their local library, a specially commissioned golden medal and £5,000 each from the Colin Mears Award. At the ceremony in June, one title from each shortlist will also be named the recipient of the Amnesty CILIP Honour, awarded to books that most distinctively illuminate, upholds or celebrate freedoms. The Honour aims to increase awareness of how great children’s books encourage empathy and broaden horizons. Today’s CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals shortlists were announced at a celebratory event at Amnesty International in London.