The CILIP Carnegie Medal

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book written in English for children and young people.

Medal holders include Arthur Ransome, C.S. Lewis, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Phillip Pullman and Sally Gardner.

The Carnegie Medal was established in 1936, in memory of the great Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Carnegie was a self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA. His experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that "if ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries."

Carnegie set up more than 2800 libraries across the English speaking world and, by the time of his death, over half the library authorities in Great Britain had Carnegie libraries.

First awarded to Arthur Ransome for 'Pigeon Post', the winner receives a golden medal and £500 worth of books to donate to a library of their choice. Since 2016 the winner of the Carnegie Medal has also been awarded the £5,000 Colin Mears Award.

The medal is awarded by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

Explore the 2016 CILIP Carnegie shortlist titles