Nominations published for the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals 2017
Nominations have been published for two of the most prestigious prizes in writing and illustrating for children. The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually by CILIP for an outstanding book for children and young people while the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.
Often described by authors and illustrators as the "one they want to win", the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards are the gold standard in literature and illustration for children and young people. Previous winners of the CILIP Carnegie Medal include Sally Gardener, Patrick Ness, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman and C.S. Lewis whilst previous winners of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal include Chris Riddell, Levi Pinfold, Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes and Quentin Blake.
Nominations are made annually by members of CILIP. All nominations published have been checked and verified for their eligibility and have received at least one nomination from a CILIP member. From these nominations the judging panel will meet to decide longlists, based on the official medals criteria, including consideration of plot, characterisation and style. From the longlists our judges will decide the official shortlists and finally, the 2017 medal winners.
114 books have been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and 93 nominated for the Kate Greenaway medal. The official long and shortlists identify a range of outstanding books for children and young people of all ages and interests and enable the 100,000 pupils in our 5,000 shadowing groups to engage with world-class literature and illustration from new and established authors and illustrators.
In 2017, the CILIP Carnegie Medal celebrates its 80th birthday and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal its 60th.
2017 Anniversary programme announcement: December 2016
Longlist announcement: Thursday 16 February 2017
Shortlist announcement: Thursday 16 March 2017
Winners announcement: Monday 19 June 2017 (TBC)
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About the CILIP Carnegie Medal
The Carnegie Medal, awarded annually, 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. Visit cilip.org.uk