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70 Years Celebration





Dyslexic author Sally Gardner - once branded 'unteachable' at school - has today (Wednesday 19th June) pipped Booker-winner Roddy Doyle to the post for this year's prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal with Maggot Moon (published by Hot Key Books). Her original and acclaimed dystopian tale also won this year's Costa Children's Book Award.

Gardner is joined on the winner's podium at the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals ceremony by emerging illustrator Levi Pinfold. Pinfold claimed the coveted CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, which recognises excellence in illustration, for only his second picture book, Black Dog (published by Templar Publishing).

Both winning books are tales of triumph over terror. In Gardner's Maggot Moon, the unlikely young hero Standish who, like his creator, is dyslexic, stands up to a sinister dictatorship whilst friends and family around him 'disappear'. Pinfold's Black Dog sees a little girl called Small Hope facing fear head-on in the form of a monstrous giant black dog. Both Gardner and Pinfold are entering the children's books hall of fame as first-time winners of the coveted golden medals. They each receive £500 worth of books to donate to their local library. Pinfold is also awarded the £5,000 Colin Mears Award cash prize.

At the ceremony Gardner, who perceives her dyslexia as a gift, spoke up for children for whom reading and writing does not come easily, and the librarians and teachers that help them. She also criticised Michael Gove's new curriculum.

Gardner said: "I'm still wondering if I'm going to wake and find that winning the Carnegie Medal is a dream. If it is true, then it has the quality of a dream come true. Without books I would not be a writer and without the zeal of librarians I would not have won this award. I believe teachers and librarians should be free to instill a life-long love of learning, without being policed by an outdated curriculum. I firmly believe Gove's new curriculum excludes rather than embraces those like me, and millions of others, with a different way of seeing and thinking."

Writer and illustrator Pinfold used his win to celebrate libraries and librarians across the country.
Pinfold said: "To win the Kate Greenaway Medal is fantastic: I couldn't use the words 'over-the-moon' less lightly. I'm honoured that my work has been recognised by CILIP on behalf of librarians, for whom I have nothing but respect. I am always amazed at the passion for reading, looking and understanding that libraries inspire in everyone. The availability of a whole universe of knowledge and inspiration in one place is something highly underrated, as is the importance of encouraging minds, young and old, on the pathway to discovery. I think we all have a lot to learn from libraries."

Karen Robinson, Chair of the Judging Panel for 2013 and Youth Libraries Group Chair, said of the winners: "The heroes in both Gardner and Pinfold's exquisitely realized and highly original books are the antithesis to the heroes we come to expect from Hollywood; both are small and without obvious talent. But in the face of terror their pluck, courage and hope shines brightly through. I'm confident that both books are true modern classics and will be read and enjoyed by generations to come."

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the oldest and most prestigious children's book awards in the UK. They are the awards that authors and illustrators say they 'most want to win', with a roll-call of past winners that includes: Arthur Ransome, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Noel Streatfeild and Penelope Lively for Carnegie; and Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes, Janet Ahlberg, Lauren Child and former Children's Laureates Quentin Blake and Anthony Browne for Kate Greenaway.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 shortlist in full:
The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan, Bloomsbury
A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle, Marion Lloyd Books
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, Hot Key Books
In Darkness by Nick Lake, Bloomsbury
Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Bodley Head
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, Indigo
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton, David Fickling Books
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Electric Monkey

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2013 shortlist in full:
Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb, Macmillan Children's Books
Again! by Emily Gravett, Macmillan Children's Books
Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton, Walker Books
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, Walker Books
Pirates 'n' Pistols by Chris Mould, Hodder Children's Books
King Jack and the Dragon by Helen Oxenbury (illustrator) and Peter Bently (author), Puffin Books
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold, Templar Publishing
Just Ducks! by Salvatore Rubbino (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (author), Walker Books

For further information, to request an interview with the winners or for images, please contact Liz Hyder or Alice Ingall at Riot Communications on / 07939 372 865 or / 020 3174 0118


Winner biographies:

About Sally Gardner
Sally Gardner attended numerous schools as a child. After being expelled by one and branded 'unteachable' by the others, Gardner was eventually diagnosed at the age of 12 as being severely dyslexic. Gardner is now an avid spokesperson for dyslexia; she sees it a gift, not a disability, and is passionately trying to change how dyslexics are perceived by society.

At 18 Gardner won a scholarship to St. Martin's Central School of Art where she received a First Class Degree. Combining her love of stories and the theatre with her talent for illustration, she went on to become a successful theatre designer. Her first West End show - The Good Woman of Szechuan - was produced when she was 22. She went on to work with Alan Ayckbourn at the National Theatre and also as an opera costume designer.

Gardner published her first book in 1993, thus beginning her illustrious career as a writer-illustrator to great international acclaim. The Countess's Calamity won the Smarties Prize in 2003. Her first full-length novel, I, Coriander won the Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award in 2005. Her next novel The Red Necklace was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Book Prize in 2007. All of these books have been optioned for film. Her most recent YA novel Maggot Moon won the 2012 Costa Children's Book Award, and now the 2013 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Gardner has recently published Wings & Co, a fairy detective agency series for younger readers, illustrated by David Roberts. Gardner lives in London with her family.

About Levi Pinfold
Levi Pinfold was born in the Forest of Dean. From a young age he loved books and comics and spent many of his days drawing and writing his own stories. At the age of seven, Pinfold went to watercolour classes where he was introduced to the medium that he still works in. His love of stories, painting and the work of illustrators such as Maurice Sendak, Alan Lee and Dave McKean led him to study Illustration at the University College Falmouth, where he developed narrative illustrations in his own style - a stylised realism - creating his imagery from imagination.

The Django, his debut picture book, is inspired by Pinfold's love of music. He won The Booktrust Early Years Award in the Best Emerging Illustrator Category for 2010 for The Django. Levi is also one of 10 illustrators to win the Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award in 2011. His second picture book for Templar, Black Dog, was published in November 2011 to critical acclaim and recently won the Children's Book Award in the AOI Illustration Awards 2013. Levi is now living in Australia and working on a new picture book for Templar slated for 2014 publication.

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

Carnegie UK Trust

The Carnegie UK Trust works to improve the lives of people throughout the UK and Ireland, by changing minds through influencing policy, and by changing lives through innovative practice and partnership work.  The Carnegie UK Trust was established in 1913 by Scots-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and we are delighted to be celebrating our centenary in 2013. Read more here.

Carnegie UK Trust Centenary

A priceless Andy Warhol exhibition will form the centrepiece of a week-long celebration of Andrew Carnegie's philanthropy in October after the Carnegie UK Trust and the Scottish Parliament announced a deal to bring over 40 Warhol pieces to Scotland, many of which are being shown in the country for the first time. The week-long festival called 'Andrew Carnegie's International Legacy: Shaping the Future', will see a programme of events, exhibitions, seminars and other activities take place.

The climax of the week will be the presentation of the highly prestigious Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, previously described as the 'Nobel Prize of philanthropy', to some of the world's most active and inspiring philanthropists. The Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy is only awarded biannually and previous winners include Michael Bloomberg, the Gates Family, the Sainsbury Family, Ted Turner and Sir Tom Farmer,  although this year's winners have yet to be announced by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. 

Other elements of the Andrew Carnegie's International Legacy: Shaping the Future festival are still to be confirmed, but will include a series of seminars and debates as well as a 'legacy' exhibition - 'Andrew Carnegie: The legacy that changed the world'. The Trust's centenary book, Pioneering Philanthropy, is available to order through the Carnegie UK website now. More information can be found here:

Full list of past winners of the CILIP Carnegie Medal:

2012 Patrick Ness, A Monster CallsWalker Books
2011 Patrick Ness, Monsters of MenWalker Books
2010 Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard BookBloomsbury
2009 Siobhan Dowd, Bog ChildDavid Fickling
2008 Philip Reeve, Here Lies ArthurScholastic
2007 Meg Rosoff, Just in CasePenguin
2005 Mal Peet, TamarWalker Books
2004 Frank Cottrell Boyce, MillionsMacmillan
2003 Jennifer Donnelly, A Gathering Light, Bloomsbury Children's Books
2002 Sharon Creech, Ruby Holler, Bloomsbury Children's Books
2001 Terry Pratchett, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, Doubleday
2000 Beverley Naidoo, The Other Side of Truth, Puffin
1999 Aidan Chambers, Postcards From No Man's Land, Bodley Head
1998 David Almond, Skellig, Hodder Children's Books
1997 Tim Bowler, River Boy, OUP
1996 Melvin Burgess, Junk, Andersen Press
1995 Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials: Book 1 Northern Lights, Scholastic
1994 Theresa Breslin, Whispers in the Graveyard, Methuen
1993 Robert Swindells, Stone Cold, H Hamilton
1992 Anne Fine, Flour Babies, H Hamilton
1991 Berlie Doherty, Dear Nobody, H Hamilton
1990 Gillian Cross, Wolf, OUP
1989 Anne Fine, Goggle-eyes, H Hamilton
1988 Geraldine McCaughrean, A Pack of Lies, OUP
1987 Susan Price, The Ghost Drum, Faber
1986 Berlie Doherty, Granny was a Buffer Girl, Methuen
1985 Kevin Crossley-Holland, Storm, Heinemann
1984 Margaret Mahy, The Changeover, Dent
1983 Jan Mark, Handles, Kestrel
1982 Margaret Mahy, The Haunting, Dent
1981 Robert Westall, The Scarecrows, Chatto & Windus
1980 Peter Dickinson, City of Gold, Gollancz
1979 Peter Dickinson, Tulku, Gollancz
1978 David Rees, The Exeter Blitz, H Hamilton
1977 Gene Kemp, The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler, Faber
1976 Jan Mark, Thunder and Lightnings, Kestrel
1975 Robert Westall, The Machine Gunners, Macmillan
1974 Mollie Hunter, The Stronghold, H Hamilton
1973 Penelope Lively, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, Heinemann
1972 Richard Adams, Watership Down, Rex Collings
1971 Ivan Southall, Josh, Angus & Robertson
1970 Leon Garfield & Edward Blishen, The God Beneath the Sea, Longman
1969 Kathleen Peyton, The Edge of the Cloud, OUP
1968 Rosemary Harris, The Moon in the Cloud, Faber
1967 Alan Garner, The Owl Service, Collins
1966 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1965 Philip Turner, The Grange at High Force, OUP
1964 Sheena Porter, Nordy Bank, OUP
1963 Hester Burton, Time of Trial, OUP
1962 Pauline Clarke, The Twelve and the Genii, Faber
1961 Lucy M Boston, A Stranger at Green Knowe, Faber
1960 Dr I W Cornwall, The Making of Man, Phoenix House
1959 Rosemary Sutcliff, The Lantern Bearers, OUP
1958 Philippa Pearce, Tom's Midnight Garden, OUP
1957 William Mayne, A Grass Rope, OUP
1956 C S Lewis, The Last Battle, Bodley Head
1955 Eleanor Farjeon, The Little Bookroom, OUP
1954 Ronald Welch (Felton Ronald Oliver), Knight Crusader, OUP
1953 Edward Osmond, A Valley Grows Up, OUP
1952 Mary Norton, The Borrowers, Dent
1951 Cynthia Harnett, The Woolpack, Methuen
1950 Elfrida Vipont Foulds, The Lark on the Wing, OUP
1949 Agnes Allen, The Story of Your Home, Faber
1948 Richard Armstrong, Sea Change, Dent
1947 Walter De La Mare, Collected Stories for Children, Faber
1946 Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse, University of London Press
1945 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1944 Eric Linklater, The Wind on the Moon, Macmillan
1943 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1942 'BB' (D J Watkins-Pitchford), The Little Grey Men, Eyre & Spottiswoode
1941 Mary Treadgold, We Couldn't Leave Dinah, Cape
1940 Kitty Barne, Visitors from London, Dent
1939 Eleanor Doorly, Radium Woman, Heinemann
1938 Noel Streatfeild, The Circus is Coming, Dent
1937 Eve Garnett, The Family from One End Street, Muller
1936 Arthur Ransome, Pigeon Post, Cape

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

2012 Jim Kay, A Monster CallsWalker Books
2011 Grahame Baker-Smith, FArTHERTemplar
2010 Freya Blackwood, Harry & HopperScholastic
2009 Catherine Rayner, Harris Find His FeetLittle Tiger Press
2008 Emily Gravett, Little Mouse's Big Book of FearsMacmillan
2007 Mini Grey, The Adventures of the Dish and the SpoonJonathan Cape
2005 Emily Gravett, WolvesMacmillan
2004 Chris Riddell, Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver"Walker
2003 Shirley Hughes, Ella's Big Chance, The Bodley Head
2002 Bob Graham, Jethro Byrde- Fairy Child, Walker Books
2001 Chris Riddell, Pirate Diary, Walker Books
2000 Lauren Child, I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, Orchard Books
1999 Helen Oxenbury, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Walker Books
1998 Helen Cooper, Pumpkin Soup, Doubleday
1997 P J Lynch, When Jessie Came Across the Sea, Walker Books
1996 Helen Cooper, The Baby Who Wouldn't Go To Bed, Doubleday
1995 P J Lynch, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, Walker Books
1994 Gregory Rogers, Way Home, Andersen Press
1993 Alan Lee, Black Ships Before Troy, Frances Lincoln
1992 Anthony Browne, Zoo, Julia MacRae
1991 Janet Ahlberg, The Jolly Christmas Postman, Heinemann
1990 Gary Blythe, The Whales' Song, Hutchinson
1989 Michael Foreman, War Boy: a Country Childhood, Pavilion
1988 Barbara Firth, Can't You Sleep Little Bear?, Walker Books
1987 Adrienne Kennaway, Crafty Chameleon, Hodder & Stoughton
1986 Fiona French, Snow White in New York, OUP
1985 Juan Wijngaard, Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady, Walker Books
1984 Errol Le Cain, Hiawatha's Childhood, Faber
1983 Anthony Browne, Gorilla, Julia MacRae
1982 Michael Foreman, Long Neck and Thunder Foot and Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales, Kestrel and Gollancz
1981 Charles Keeping, The Highwayman, OUP
1980 Quentin Blake, Mr Magnolia, Cape
1979 Jan Pienkowski, The Haunted House, Heinemann
1978 Janet Ahlberg, Each Peach Pear Plum, Kestrel
1977 Shirley Hughes, Dogger, Bodley Head
1976 Gail E Haley, The Post Office Cat, Bodley Head
1975 Victor Ambrus, Horses in Battle and Mishka, OUP
1974 Pat Hutchins, The Wind Blew, Bodley Head
1973 Raymond Briggs, Father Christmas, H Hamilton
1972 Krystyna Turska, The Woodcutter's Duck, H Hamilton
1971 Jan Pienkowski, The Kingdom under the Sea, Cape
1970 John Burningham, Mr Gumpy's Outing, Cape
1969 Helen Oxenbury, The Quangle Wangle's hat and The Dragon of an Ordinary Family, Heinemann
1968 Pauline Baynes, Dictionary of Chivalry, Longman
1967 Charles Keeping, Charlotte and the Golden Canary, OUP
1966 Raymond Briggs, Mother Goose Treasury, H Hamilton
1965 Victor Ambrus, The Three Poor Tailors, OUP
1964 C W Hodges, Shakespeare's Theatre, OUP
1963 John Burningham, Borka: the Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers, Cape
1962 Brian Wildsmith, A.B.C, OUP
1961 Antony Maitland, Mrs. Cockle's Cat, Constable
1960 Gerald Rose, Old Winkle and the Seagulls, Faber
1959 William Stobbs, Kashtanka and A Bundle of Ballads, OUP
1958 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1957 V H Drummond, Mrs Easter and the Storks, Faber
1956 Edward Ardizzone, Tim All Alone, OUP
1955 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable

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