Carnegie and Greenaway Awards

Across the country children and school librarians are waited with bated breath.  Tuesday the 27th of March marks the day of the release of the shortlists for the annual Carnegie and Greenaway Awards.  These awards are among the top awards for children’s literature in the country and thousands of students will begin to ‘shadow’ the awards when the shortlists are announced.

As a school librarian this is always an exciting time for me.  The awards help to start a real reading buzz around the school and help to get the students reading books they otherwise would not have picked up.  The sense of achievement they feel at reading a number of books within a time frame is massive.  And then there are always the discussions in which they disagree with the judge’s chosen winner….

Over the next 8 weeks we’ll be looking at the shortlists of both awards.  The winners will be announced on 14th June.

The Carnegie Award recognises authors who write books for children.  The intended age range can be anything from 7 to 14.  The winners are chosen by a panel of children’s librarians.  Winners in the recent past include Patrick Ness and Neil Gaiman.  This year’s shortlist includes
My Name is Mina- David Almond
Small Change for Stuart- Lissa Evans
The Midnight Zoo-Sonya Hartnett
Everybody Jam- Ali Lewis
Trash- Andy Mulligan
A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece- Annabel Pitcher
Between Shades of Grey- Rita Sepetys

The Greenaway Award recognises the illustrator of picture books.  It looks at how pictures tell stories and what they can add to the words.  As such it’s the illustrator that receives the award rather than the author.  This year’s shortlist includes

Wolf Won’t Bite- Emily Gravett
Puffin Peter- Petr Horacek
A Monster Calls- Jim Kay (illustrator), Patrick Ness
Slog’s Dad- Dave Mckean (illustrator), David Almond
Solomon Crocodile- Catherine Rayner
The Gift- Rob Ryan (illustrator), Carol Ann Duffy
There Are No Cats in this Book- Viviane Schwarz
Can We Save the Tiger- Vicky White (illustrator), Martin Jenkins

Check back to see what we think of the books and see who we think should win!

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