Geraldine McCaughrean, who (30 years after winning the award for the first time) was announced the winner of this year’s Carnegie Medal for her novel Where The World Ends at an event earlier today at the British Library, used her acceptance speech to point out the following irony:
At a time when all subject matter and all manner of language is considered fine in Young Adult novels there has been a much different approach from publishers to books for younger readers. Writers are being encouraged to make language accessible, to refrain from using vocabulary that readers might not already be familiar with….
“We master words by meeting them not avoiding them,” McCaughrean pointedly asserted.
I recommend reading Alison Flood’s excellent resume of the award ceremony, as it includes extensive quotation from McCaughrean’s comments:
The Greenaway Medal was won by Canadian illustrator Sydney Smith for Town Is By The Sea.
Themes of empowering children to stand up for their beliefs and encouraging them to shape the world around them are celebrated in both the Amnesty CILIP Honour commendations. From the CILIP Carnegie Medal shortlist, the Honour went to American Angie Thomas for The Hate U Give (Walker Books). The Amnesty CILIP Honour from the Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist went to British artist and former Medal winner (Black Dog, 2013) Levi Pinfold for his black and white illustrations in The Song from Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold (Bloomsbury).
Jake Hope, this year’s YLG chair, who already has a sizeable collection of coloured DMs, wore some noticeably brand new Docs for the occasion:
Here are some photos from the event: