Longlists revealed for Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals

The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals – the prestigious prizes awarded annually by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) for, respectively, the year’s best children’s book and best children’s book illustration – have unveiled their 2015 longlists.

Each list contains 20 titles, which will be whittled down further with the announcement of the prizes’ shortlists on 17 March, before the winners are revealed on 22 June. Both winners receive the titular gold medals and £500 worth of books to donate to a library of their choosing, with the winner of the Kate Greenaway also receiving a cash prize of £5,000. For a book to qualify, it must be written in English (if it contains text) and have been published, initially in the UK, during the previous school year (September to August).

Chair of the judging panel for both awards, Agnès Guyon, says of the nominees: “I’m thrilled that in this year’s lists we are able to showcase such a creative and rich variety of talent and narrative – testament to the high standard of children’s books publishing today. Books that tackle the whole range of human experiences from the joys and tribulations of friendship, to mortality and grief are featured along with gripping mysteries and imaginative fantasy landscapes.”

Being largely unfamiliar with young people’s fiction, as a childless man in his late 20s, all I can add is that I assume Sally Gardner and David Roberts’ Tinder is not a how-to guide to internet dating.

The longlist for the Carnegie Medal is:

My Brother’s Shadow by Tom Avery

Us Minus Mum by Heather Butler

When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan

Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

The Company of Ghosts by Berlie Doherty

The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss

Tinder by Sally Gardner (author) and David Roberts (illustrator)

Monkey and Me by David Gilman

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird

Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman

Scarlet Ibis by Gill Lewis

The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean

Hello Darkness by Anthony McGowan

More Than This by Patrick Ness

Close Your Pretty Eyes by Sally Nicholls

Trouble by Non Pratt

Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff

Smart: a Mysterious Crime, a Different Detective by Kim Slater

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith


The longlist for the Kate Greenaway Medal is:

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

What If? by Anthony Browne

The Promise by Laura Carlin (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (author)

The Something by Rebecca Cobb

On Sudden Hill by Benji Davies (illustrator) and Linda Sarah (author)

Jim’s Lion by Alexis Deacon (illustrator) and Russell Hoban (author)

Hermelin: the Detective Mouse by Mini Grey

Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill

Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

Dark Satanic Mills by John Higgins and Marc Olivent (illustrators) and Julian Sedgwick and Marcus Sedgwick (authors)

The Great War: an Anthology of Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War by Jim Kay (illustrator) and various (authors)

Wayland by John Lawrence (illustrator) and Tony Mitton (author)

Smelly Louie by Catherine Rayner

Fortunately, the Milk… by Chris Riddell (illustrator) and Neil Gaiman (author)

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell

Tinder by David Roberts (illustrator) and Sally Gardner (author)

The Pilot and the Little Prince by Peter Sís

Tiny: the Invisible World of Microbes by Emily Sutton (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (author)

The Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner

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