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20 June 2016


2016 CILIP Carnegie And Kate Greenaway Winners Revealed

Children's Laureate scores first Kate Greenaway Medal hat-trick, while verse novel triumphs in the Carnegie

Judges claim Laureate Chris Riddell is "at the height of his powers" as he wins for The Sleeper and the Spindle


Sarah Crossan champions poetry, performance and libraries as her "poignant and perfectly crafted" verse novel about conjoined twins takes Carnegie Medal

Sarah Crossan champions poetry, performance and libraries as her "poignant and perfectly crafted" verse novel about conjoined twins takes Carnegie Medal

Three proves to be a lucky number for the winners of the 2016 CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK's oldest and most prestigious book awards, announced today, Monday 20th June, at a ceremony in London's British Library. Teacher turned novelist Sarah Crossan wins the CILIP Carnegie medal for her verse novel about conjoined twins One, her third novel to have made the shortlist in just four years, while Chris Riddell becomes the first ever triple winner of either award, winning the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for his illustrations of Neil Gaiman's retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, The Sleeper and the Spindle. Riddell also becomes the first reigning Children's Laureate to win either Medal.

World renowned and widely regarded as the greatest of all accolades available to a children's writer or illustrator, the annually awarded Medals are unique in that they are judged solely by librarians. The roll-call of past winners include: Arthur Ransome, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, Noel Streatfield and Penelope Lively for the Carnegie Medal; and Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes, Janet Ahlberg and John Burningham for the Kate Greenaway Medal. They are joined in 2016 for the first time by the Amnesty CILIP Honour, a new commendation for the book on each shortlist that most distinctively illuminates, upholds or celebrates freedoms.

Crossan, who was previously shortlisted in 2013 for The Weight of Water and 2015 for Apple and Rain, made a passionate pledge of support for the British library system, whose closures "infuriated" her. The author explained how she had been immediately granted a library card after moving to the UK from the US three years ago, allowing her to borrow books despite holding no evidence she was legally in the country. She said: "What does this say about our society? It says that even those who are invisible in the system, who are ostracised and perhaps made outcast in other places, are welcome to learning, information and the arts – that they are entitled to social mobility and they matter. Take away public libraries and we say the opposite is true – that money talks. Libraries are safe places and when we close them we are saying that those people that use them and need them don't matter. And it's up to us to stand up and say, ‘no'."

Crossan also called for cross-industry support for poetry: She said children inherently "trust poetry" as it is read to them from such a young age, "and then we kill it for them by around year 8 with testing leaving no space for joy or performance." Crossan recommended poetry should be performed to fully realise its power, saying "no poet writes words so that they remain cold on the page to be scanned from left to right in black and white and then examined for GCSE. Poetry belongs to everyone, it doesn't necessarily belong in the classroom or university nor in the bookshop ghetto next to Eighteenth Century literary criticism."

Children's Laureate Chris Riddell's previous Medal wins came in 2001 for Pirate Diary and 2004 for his adaptation of Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver". Speaking of his record third win, Riddell – for whom the support of libraries is a central theme of his Laureateship – said he was "honoured and humbled" to accept the award, going on to praise librarians as "pretty amazing people […] they love turning children into readers by teaching them one of the most important life skills you can acquire, which is reading for pleasure. Not SATs tests, or attainment levels, or league tables but the joy of losing yourself in the pages of a good book." He said he was humbled that Neil Gaiman had chosen him to illustrate his "wonderful story…from all the talented…young…good- looking…fashionable illustrators he could have chosen." He also thanked his publisher, Bloomsbury, for "giving me 96 pages and gold as a second colour."

Sioned Jacques, Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel for 2016, said: "What a thrilling pair of winners we have in Sarah and Chris. Sarah's book, One, is poignant and thought-provoking, each chapter a poem that is a work of art in its own right, while collectively they create a highly emotive and engaging story. The judges found it deeply moving, beautifully observed, unusual but perfectly crafted – the sort of book that will stay with the reader long after the final page.

"We were blown away by Chris Riddell's work in The Sleeper and the Spindle; he is surely at the height of his powers. His illustrations lift this re-told tale into high art, offering sumptuous pleasures on every page. The more one looks at his pictures the more one notices: subtlety and complexity, the clever use of such a limited palette, the daring use of solid black areas – no space is wasted. Some 15 years after Chris first took home a Kate Greenaway Medal he shows no sign of slowing down – he remains a thrilling, prolific and prestigious talent."

Crossan and Riddell each receive £500 worth of books to donate to their local library. Both are also awarded the £5,000 Colin Mears Award cash prize – the first year both Medal winners have received this.

The first Amnesty CILIP Honours were judged by a panel including the 2015 Carnegie Medal winner Tanya Landman. From the CILIP Carnegie Medal shortlist the Honour went to Robin Talley for Lies We Tell Ourselves, which the judges called "an exciting page-turner of a book, it vividly brings to life the human cost of prejudice and explores an historic battle for equal access to education." The Amnesty CILIP Honour for the Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist went to Ross Collins for There's a Bear on My Chair, a book which, according to the judges, is "packed full of joyous humour: it develops children's empathy and shows how we can protest creatively and peacefully when something is wrong."

Nicky Parker, chair of judges for the Amnesty CILIP Honour, said: "We are very proud to announce the first ever children's book award to celebrate human rights. The best books are more than plot and character, they give children the empathy and confidence to stand up and shape their world for the better - and we need to give children that power today, more than ever.

"Thinking about how to persuade a bullying bear to get off your chair can teach children about peaceful protest, while the story of two black girls who trail-blazed integration in schools in racist 1950s America and were confronted with sexual discrimination remains all too relevant at this time of hate attacks."

The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016 shortlist in full (alphabetically by author surname):

• One by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)

• The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan)

• There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury)

• The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)

• Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders (Faber)

• The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick (Indigo)

• Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (Mira Ink)

• Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine (HarperCollins)

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016 shortlist in full (alphabetically by illustrator surname):

• Willy's Stories illustrated and written by Anthony Browne (Walker Books)

• There's a Bear on My Chair illustrated and written by Ross Collins (Nosy Crow)

• Once Upon an Alphabet illustrated and written by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins)

• Sam & Dave Dig a Hole illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett (Walker Books)

• Something About a Bear illustrated and written by Jackie Morris (Frances Lincoln)

• Captain Jack and the Pirates illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, written by Peter Bently (Puffin)

• The Sleeper and the Spindle illustrated by Chris Riddell, written by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury)

• Footpath Flowers illustrated by Sydney Smith, written by JonArno Lawson (Walker Books)

For further information and to request an interview with the shortlisted authors and illustrators, or for images, please contact Liz Hyder or Jon Howells at Riot Communications on liz@riotcommunications.com / 07939 372 865 or jon@riotcommunications.com / 020 3174 0118

NOTES TO EDITORS

About the CILIP Carnegie Medal
The Carnegie Medal, awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children, was established in 1936 in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). A self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA, Carnegie's 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." He set up more than 2,800 libraries across the English speaking world and by the time of his death over half the library authorities in Great Britain had Carnegie libraries.

About the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955 for distinguished illustration in a book for children. Named after the popular nineteenth century artist, known for her beautiful 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.

About the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
CILIP is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers. CILIP's vision is a fair and economically prosperous society underpinned by literacy, access to information and the transfer of knowledge. CILIP is a registered charity, no. 313014. The Youth Libraries Group (YLG) of CILIP works in a ‘pressure group' role to preserve and influence the provision of quality literature and library services for children and young people, both in public libraries and school library services. www.cilip.org.uk

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are awarded annually for outstanding writing and illustration in books for children and young people, based on the published criteria. CILIP recommend that readers be guided as to the age suitability of each book. www.ckg.org.uk

About the winners:

CILIP Carnegie Medal

One by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)

Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins. And their lives are about to change. No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love? But what neither Grace nor Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined.

About the Author

Sarah Crossan's debut book, The Weight of Water, won The Eilís Dillon Award for a First Children's Book, the We Read Prize and a UKLA Book Award. It was also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal as was her next book, Apple and Rain. Sarah Crossan is originally from Dublin. She graduated with a degree in philosophy and literature before training as an English and drama teacher at Cambridge University. Sarah taught English at a small private school near New York until she became a full time writer. She completed her Masters in creative writing at the University of Warwick in 2003. She is also the author of Breathe and Resist.

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

The Sleeper and the Spindle illustrated by Chris Riddell, written by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury)

On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.

About the Illustrator

Chris Riddell is the current Children's Laureate, a much loved illustrator and acclaimed political cartoonist. He has won the Nestlé Gold Award and two Kate Greenaway Medals. He is co-creator of the hugely successful New York Times bestseller the Edge Chronicles, author and illustrator of the Ottoline books and works for The Observer newspaper.

Amnesty CILIP Honour: Carnegie
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (Mira Ink)

It's 1959. The battle for civil rights is raging. And it's Sarah's first day of school as one of the first black students at previously all-white Jefferson High. No one wants Sarah there. Not the Governor. Not the teachers. And certainly not the students – especially Linda, daughter of the town's most ardent segregationist. Sarah and Linda are supposed to despise each other. But the more time they spend together, the less their differences matter. And both girls start to feel something they've never felt before. Something they're determined to ignore. Because it's one thing to stand up to an unjust world – but another to be terrified of what's in your own heart.

About the Author

Robin Talley grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, writing terrible teen poetry and riding a desegregation bus to the school across town. Robin lives in Washington, D.C., with her fiancée, plus an antisocial cat and a goofy hound dog. When Robin's not writing, she's often planning communication strategies at organizations fighting for equal rights and social justice.

Amnesty CILIP Honour: Kate Greenaway
There's a Bear on My Chair illustrated and written by Ross Collins (Nosy Crow)

Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and that chair just isn't big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. Once Mouse has eventually gone, Bear gets up and walks home. But what's that? Is that a Mouse in Bear's house?!

About the Illustrator and Author

Ross' primary teacher, Mrs Spears, told his parents that he should go to art school. 13 years went by until he was finally ‘old enough' to get into the Glasgow School of Art. On graduating he won the Macmillan Prize for his first picture book. Since then he's illustrated over 100 books for children and written a few of them too. Several of them have won enormous glittering awards which he keeps in a box in Latvia. Ross' book The Elephantom was recently adapted into a critically acclaimed play at the National Theatre who made that War Horse thing. When he's not creating children's books he enjoys working on character development for animation studios like Laika and Disney. He also likes walking in the Scottish glens with his dog Hugo, who is an idiot, and his partner Jacqui, who is not.

Full list of past winners of the CILIP Carnegie Medal:

2015 Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman (Walker Books)

2014 The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks (Puffin)

2013 Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner (Hot Key Books)

2012 A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)

2011 Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)

2010 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury)

2009 Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd (David Fickling)

2008 Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve (Scholastic)

2007 Just in Case by Meg Rosoff (Penguin)

2005 Tamar by Mal Peet (Walker Books)

2004 Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Macmillan)

2003 A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly (Bloomsbury Children's Books)

2002 Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech (Bloomsbury Children's Books)

2001 The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett (Doubleday)

2000 The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo (Puffin)

1999 Postcards from No Man's Land by Aidan Chambers (Bodley Head)

1998 Skellig by David Almond (Hodder Children's Books)

1997 River Boy by Tim Bowler (OUP)

1996 Junk by Melvin Burgess (Andersen Press)

1995 His Dark Materials: Book 1 Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (Scholastic)

1994 Whispers in the Graveyard by Theresa Breslin (Methuen)

1993 Stone Cold by Robert Swindells (H Hamilton)

1992 Flour Babies by Anne Fine (H Hamilton)

1991 Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty (H Hamilton)

1990 Wolf by Gillian Cross (OUP)

1989 Goggle-eyes by Anne Fine (H Hamilton)

1988 A Pack of Lies by Geraldine McCaughrean (OUP)

1987 The Ghost Drumby by Susan Price (Faber)

1986 Granny was a Buffer Girl by Berlie Doherty (Methuen)

1985 Storm by Kevin Crossley-Holland (Heinemann)

1984 The Changeover by Margaret Mahy (Dent)

1983 Handles by Jan Mark (Kestrel)

1982 The Haunting by Margaret Mahy (Dent)

1981 The Scarecrows by Robert Westall (Chatto & Windus)

1980 City of Gold by Peter Dickinson (Gollancz)

1979 Tulku by Peter Dickinson (Gollancz)

1978 The Exeter Blitz by David Rees (H Hamilton)

1977 The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler by Gene Kemp (Faber)

1976 Thunder and Lightnings by Jan Mark (Kestrel)

1975 The Machine Gunner by Robert Westall (Macmillan)

1974 The Stronghold by Mollie Hunter (H Hamilton)

1973 The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively (Heinemann)

1972 Watership Down by Richard Adams (Rex Collings)

1971 Josh by Ivan Southall (Angus & Robertson)

1970 The God Beneath the Sea by Leon Garfield & Edward Blishen (Longman)

1969 The Edge of the Cloud by Kathleen Peyton (OUP)

1968 The Moon in the Cloud by Rosemary Harris (Faber)

1967 The Owl Service by Alan Garner (Collins)

1966 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable

1965 The Grange at High Force by Philip Turner (OUP)

1964 Nordy Bank by Sheena Porter (OUP)

1963 Time of Trial by Hester Burton (OUP)

1962 The Twelve and the Genii by Pauline Clarke (Faber)

1961 A Stranger at Green Knowe by Lucy M Boston (Faber)

1960 The Making of Man by Dr I. W. Cornwall (Phoenix House)

1959 The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff (OUP)

1958 Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce (OUP)

1957 A Grass Rope by William Mayne (OUP)

1956 The Last Battle by C S Lewis (Bodley Head)

1955 The Little Bookroom by Eleanor Farjeon (OUP)

1954 Knight Crusader by Ronald Welch (Felton Ronald Oliver) (OUP)

1953 A Valley Grows Up by Edward Osmond (OUP)

1952 The Borrowers by Mary Norton (Dent)

1951 The Woolpack by Cynthia Harnett (Methuen)

1950 The Lark on the Wing by Elfrida Vipont Foulds (OUP)

1949 The Story of Your Home by Agnes Allen (Faber)

1948 Sea Change by Richard Armstrong (Dent)

1947 Collected Stories for Children by Walter De La Mare (Faber)

1946 The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge (University of London Press)

1945 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable

1944 The Wind on the Moon by Eric Linklater (Macmillan)

1943 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable

1942 The Little Grey Men by 'BB' (D. J. Watkins-Pitchford) (Eyre & Spottiswoode)

1941 We Couldn't Leave Dinah by Mary Treadgold (Cape)

1940 Visitors from London by Kitty Barne (Dent)

1939 Radium Woman by Eleanor Doorly (Heinemann)

1938 The Circus is Coming by Noel Streatfeild (Dent)

1937 The Family from One End Street by Eve Garnett (Muller)

1936 Pigeon Post by Arthur Ransome (Cape)

Full list of past winners of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal:

2015 Shackleton's Journey by William Grill (Flying Eye Books)

2014 This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (Walker Books)

2013 Black Dog by Levi Pinfold (Templar)

2012 A Monster Calls by Jim Kay (Walker Books)

2011 FArTHER by Grahame Baker-Smith (Templar)

2010 Harry & Hopper by Freya Blackwood (Scholastic)

2009 Harris Find His Feet by Catherine Rayner (Little Tiger Press)

2008 Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett (Macmillan)

2007 The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon by Mini Grey (Jonathan Cape)

2005 Wolves by Emily Gravett (Macmillan)

2004 Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver" by Chris Riddell (Walker Books)

2003 Ella's Big Chance by Shirley Hughes (The Bodley Head)

2002 Jethro Byrde- Fairy Child by Bob Graham (Walker Books)

2001 Pirate Diary by Chris Riddell (Walker Books)

2000 I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child (Orchard Books)

1999 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Helen Oxenbury (Walker Books)

1998 Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper (Doubleday)

1997 When Jessie Came Across the Se by P J Lynch (Walker Books)

1996 The Baby Who Wouldn't Go to Bed by Helen Cooper (Doubleday)

1995 The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by P J Lynch (Walker Books)

1994 Way Home by Gregory Rogers (Andersen Press)

1993 Black Ships Before Troy by Alan Lee (Frances Lincoln)

1992 Zoo by Anthony Browne (Julia MacRae)

1991 The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet Ahlberg (Heinemann)

1990 The Whales' Song by Gary Blythe (Hutchinson)

1989 War Boy: a Country Childhood by Michael Foreman (Pavilion)

1988 Can't You Sleep Little Bear? by Barbara Firth (Walker Books)

1987 Crafty Chameleon by Adrienne Kennaway (Hodder & Stoughton)

1986 Snow White in New York by Fiona French (OUP)

1985 Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady by Juan Wijngaard (Walker Books)

1984 Hiawatha's Childhood by Errol Le Cain (Faber)

1983 Gorilla by Anthony Browne (Julia MacRae)

1982 Long Neck and Thunder Foot and Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales by Michael Foreman (Kestrel and Gollancz)

1981 The Highwayman by Charles Keeping (OUP)

1980 Mr Magnolia by Quentin Blake (Cape)

1979 The Haunted House by Jan Pienkowski (Heinemann)

1978 Each Peach Pear Plum Janet Ahlberg (Kestrel)

1977 Dogger by Shirley Hughes (Bodley Head)

1976 The Post Office Cat by Gail E Haley (Bodley Head)

1975 Horses in Battle and Mishka by Victor Ambrus (OUP)

1974 The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins (Bodley Head)

1973 Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs (H Hamilton)

1972 The Woodcutter's Duck by Krystyna Turska (H Hamilton)

1971 The Kingdom Under the Sea by Jan Pienkowski (Cape)

1970 Mr Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham (Cape)

1969 The Quangle Wangle's Hat and The Dragon of an Ordinary Family by Helen Oxenbury (Heinemann)

1968 Dictionary of Chivalry by Pauline Baynes (Longman)

1967 Charlotte and the Golden Canary by Charles Keeping (OUP)

1966 Mother Goose Treasury by Raymond Briggs (H Hamilton)

1965 The Three Poor Tailors by Victor Ambrus (OUP)

1964 Shakespeare's Theatre by C W Hodges (OUP)

1963 Borka: the Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers by John Burningham (Cape)

1962 A.B.C by Brian Wildsmith (OUP)

1961 Mrs. Cockle's Cat by Antony Maitland (Constable)

1960 Old Winkle and the Seagulls by Gerald Rose (Faber)

1959 Kashtanka and a Bundle of Ballads by William Stobbs (OUP)

1958 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable

1957 Mrs Easter and the Storks by V. H. Drummond (Faber)

1956 Tim All Alone by Edward Ardizzone (OUP)

1955 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable