Carnegie Greenaway Winners

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The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2008
Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2008
Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett

At noon today Michael Portillo presented the 2008 CILIP Carnegie Medal to Philip Reeve for 'Here Lies Arthur' and the 2008 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal to Emily Gravett for 'Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears'.

"I didn't believe it at first," says Reeve, "but as I got over the shock and it began to sink in, I felt totally honoured. It is very special to win the CILIP Carnegie Medal. It has such a history and I admire so many past winners' work it is quite humbling to be ranked alongside them."

Reeve already has three major book prizes to his credit. In 2001 his first novel 'Mortal Engines' was an instant success winning both the Nestle Smarties Gold Award (2002) and the Blue Peter Book of the Year (2003). 'A Darkling Plain' won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 2006.

"'Here Lies Arthur' is an outstanding book, and deserving winner," says Tricia Adams, Chair of the 12 strong librarian judging panel. "Reeve's is a consistent story-telling voice that brings us a subtle and credible retelling of the King Arthur myth. It is both a page turning adventure story and a clever historical novel. It also has clear political resonance for our times, demonstrating humanity's need to sustain hope and optimism, and our tendency to favour myth over reality to achieve that end."

For the second time in three years, illustrator Emily Gravett has won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. Gravett, whose debut picture book, 'Wolves' won the 2005 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal wins the 2008 award for her fourth book, 'Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears'.

Of this year's winning book, Tricia Adams, Chair of the CILIP Kate Greenaway judging panel comments: "Every time you read 'Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears' you discover something new: there's so much going on, so much to explore. The attention to detail is astounding. It's such a satisfying experience which incorporates smell, texture, humour and great imagination. The die-cut holes, and pull-out map are wonderfully novel features, but it's much more than just a novelty book: everything has a purpose and nothing is wasted. A book that not only works with lots of different age-groups, but also one that can be read, and re-read, and re-read again"

The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards are the UK's oldest and most prestigious awards for writing and illustration for young people. The Carnegie Medal celebrated its 70th Anniversary in 2007. Over the last seven decades it has come to be regarded as the arbiter of quality in writing for children and young people. Since 1937, the children's librarians who annually select the short list and winning title have recognised world class writers and frequently spotted fresh talent ahead of the market. Philip Reeve joins the list of past Medal winners that includes many of the greats of 20th and 21st century children's literature: Eleanor Farjeon, Anne Fine, Elizabeth Goudge, CS Lewis, Mary Norton, Noel Streatfeild, Philip Pullman and David Almond to name a few.

Although there is no cash reward, the Carnegie is regarded by many as the most prestigious acknowledgement of writing due to its unique judging process. Most of today's literary and book awards seek submissions from publishers and votes from the public. Not the CILIP Carnegie: the Medal's selection process is rooted in the professional expertise of librarians across the country who nominate titles for the long list. A panel of 12 children's librarian judges from the Youth Libraries Group then select the shortlist of up to eight titles and finally the winner.

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