CILIP Carnegie Medal shortlist (alphabetical by author surname):
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Electric Monkey)
- Rebound by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile (Andersen Press)
- The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli (Usborne Books)
- Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay (David Fickling Books)
- A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s Books)
- Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls (Andersen Press)
- Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Chris Priestley (Faber & Faber)
- The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders (Faber & Faber)
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist (alphabetical by illustrator surname):
- The Day War Came illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, written by Nicola Davies (Walker Books)
- Ocean Meets Sky illustrated and written by Eric Fan and Terry Fan (Lincoln Children’s Books)
- Beyond The Fence illustrated and written by Maria Gulemetova (Child’s Play Library)
- The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett (Walker Books)
- Julian is a Mermaid illustrated and written by Jessica Love (Walker Books)
- You’re Safe With Me illustrated by Poonam Mistry, written by Chitra Soundar (Lantana Publishing)
- The Lost Words illustrated by Jackie Morris, written by Robert Macfarlane (Hamish Hamilton)
- Suffragette: The Battle for Equality illustrated and written by David Roberts (Two Hoots)
The Carnegie shortlist contains three verse novels for the first time in the Medal’s 81-year history. Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X, Kwame Alexander’s Rebound and Jason Reynold’s Long Way Down each use free verse to create coming-of-age stories, blending influences from slam poetry and hip-hop to explore identity, first love, loss and gang crime. The Carnegie Medal was first won by verse nove in 2016, by Sarah Crossan for One.
Jon Klassen is the only previous winner to appear on this year’s Medal shortlists, having won the 2014 Kate Greenaway Medal with This Is Not My Hat. Former shortlistees to make it onto this year’s lists are Frances Hardinge and Kate Saunders for the Carnegie Medal, and Rebecca Cobb, David Roberts and Jackie Morris for the Kate Greenaway Medal.
There is a strong showing for independent publishers on the lists, with seven of the 16 titles coming from Andersen Press, Child’s Play Library, David Fickling Books, Faber & Faber and Lantana Publishing. The two smallest presses – Child’s Play Library and Lantana Publishing – have books on the Kate Greenaway shortlist for the first time.