Jake Hope, Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel for 2018, says: “The books on the 2018 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals shortlists offer moments of breath-taking poignancy and insight for all readers, young or old. The scope is truly global, stretching from forests to seas, traversing continents and cultures as well as time. The titles explore topical issues with remarkable emotional honesty embracing themes of prejudice, personal growth and development whilst eliciting a wider understanding of the wonders and complexities of the world young people inhabit. Verve and vibrancy radiate memorably from the impressive range of styles in writing and illustration on offer in these books, making the lists perfect for stimulating personal connections and conversation.”
The shortlists of 15 books were whittled down from a longlist of 40 titles (20 per medal), selected from a record-breaking 237 nominated books, each read by the 12 members of the judging panel.
The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 shortlist (alphabetically by author surname):
- Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans (David Fickling Books)
- After the Fire by Will Hill (Usborne)
- Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean (Usborne)
- Rook by Anthony McGowan (Barrington Stoke)
- Release by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)
- Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Walker Books)
- Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk (Corgi)
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 shortlist (alphabetically by illustrator surname):
- King of the Sky illustrated by Laura Carlin and written by Nicola Davies (Walker Books)
- Night Shift illustrated and written by Debi Gliori (Hot Key Books)
- A First Book of Animals illustrated by Petr Horáček and written by Nicola Davies (Walker Books)
- The Song from Somewhere Else illustrated by Levi Pinfold and written by A.F. Harrold (Bloomsbury)
- Town is by the Sea illustrated by Sydney Smith and written by Joanne Schwartz (Walker Books)
- Thornhill illustrated and written by Pam Smy (David Fickling Books)
- Under the Same Sky illustrated and written by Britta Teckentrup (Little Tiger)
Patrick Ness could win a third Carnegie Medal win with Release. If he does, it would make him the first author to secure a hat-trick in the Medal’s 81-year history.
Geraldine McCaughrean and Marcus Sedgwick both find themselves on the shortlists for a seventh time. McCaughrean has won the Medal once before, with A Pack of Lies (1988).
There are three author-illustrators on the seven-strong Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist: Debi Gliori with Night Shift, Pam Smy with Thornhill and Britta Teckentrup with Under the Same Sky.