The Kate Greenaway Medal was established
in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children.
It is named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for
her fine children's illustrations and designs.
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding
book in terms of illustration for children and young people.
The winner receives a golden medal and £500 worth of books
to donate to a library of their choice.
Since 2000, the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal has also been
awarded the £5000 Colin Mears Award. Colin Mears, a Worthing
based accountant and children's book collector, left a bequest providing
every Greenaway winner with a cash award as well as the coveted
The medal is awarded by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library
and Information Professionals.