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Nominations are now closed for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Awards.

The nomination period ran from 1 September 2015 to 6 October 2015. The full list of verified nominations will be published on the Press Desk on Monday 19 October.

The nomination process

Up to 2 titles can be nominated for one or both awards by Members of CILIP.

To be eligible for the 2016 Awards, titles must have been first published in the UK between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015. Books first published in another country must have been co-published in the UK within three months of the original publication date.

The selection process is organised by the Youth Libraries Group (YLG), one of CILIP's Special Interest Groups, which itself has over 3000 members. 12 children's librarians - members of the YLG - form the panel of judges. The judges read and assess each title, and a longlist for each Medal will be announced on Tuesday 16 February 2016, followed by a shortlist for each Medal to be announced on Tuesday 15 March 2016. The winning titles will be announced at an awards ceremony in June 2016

You may also wish to view the CILIP Carnegie Medal award criteria and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal award criteria for details on how the books are assessed.

Who can nominate 

Members of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals nominate each year.


The book must be written in the English language (either as an original work in English or a first English translation of a foreign-language work) and specifically published for children and young people.

The book may be co-authored; however, multiple author anthologies are excluded.

The book must have received its first publication in the United Kingdom or have had co-publication elsewhere within a three month time lapse. In the case of e-books and short stories or poetry previously published in a magazine or elsewhere, the point of publication should be considered as the date when the work is published as a whole. At least 75% of the complete work must be original material published for the first time within the specified time frame.

All categories of books, including poetry, non-fiction and graphic novels, in print or ebook format, for children and young people are eligible

Books by previous CILIP Carnegie and/or CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal winners are eligible.

The Medals are awarded by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. CILIP is the leading professional body for librarians and information managers with around 14,000 members who work in business and industry, education, local and central government, the health service, the voluntary sector, national and public libraries.