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70 Years Celebration



The seven books on the 2004 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist, announced today, offer a powerful combination of text and illustration, taking young readers aged 5-10 years on a variety of journeys ­ emotional, perilous, mythical and escapist.

The shortlist showcases the exciting range of style and content to be found in picture books for older children. As they become independent readers, picture books remain invaluable in helping children to develop their literacy skills, imagination and enjoyment of books.

The importance of picture books for this age group is often overlooked because of a perception that they are only for the very young. In today’s multimedia world, the development of visual literacy is crucial in helping children make sense of the world around them.

And as for the journeys: there’s diver Dougal’s one-way ticket from daily commuting to the wonders of Atlantis; a perilous rescue mission by boat to save an old man and his animals; and a recreation of the four incredible voyages of Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver”. Elsewhere, we meet Amber and Monty in a feline retelling of Romeo & Juliet; and will a farmer to count his sheep and stay awake to save them from a big bad wolf. Another nasty wolf’s fiendish plot goes badly wrong when he invites two well-fattened guests to stay for the weekend, and finally, emotions run high in a moving anatomy of grief which speaks to young and old.

“The books on this year’s shortlist are as diverse as ever,” says Sharon Sperling, Chair of the Judges. “It’s particularly interesting that we encountered such high calibre titles for children of five years plus, amply demonstrating that today’s picture books are not just for the youngest age-groups, but are an important source of pleasure and learning for older children too”.

The Kate Greenaway Medal, established in 1956 and named in honour of the distinguished illustrator is awarded for “outstanding illustration in a children’s book”. Sister award to the CILIP Carnegie Medal, it is judged by an expert panel of children’s librarians, and follows the same unique process of nomination, and judging. Since the bequest left in 2000 by children’s book and illustration collector, Colin Mears, the winner receives a cheque for £5000 in addition to the coveted medal.

Both the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are awarded annually by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. The 2004 winners will be announced at a ceremony in central London on Friday 8 July 2005.



IAN ANDREW (Text by Helen Ward) The Boat
Templar (Age range: 7+)
ISBN: 1-84011-402-9

RUSSELL AYTO (Text by Mij Kelly) One More Sheep
Hodder (Age range: 5+)
ISBN: 0-340-80585-4

SIMON BARTRAM Dougal’s Deep-Sea Diary
Templar (Age range: 5+)
ISBN: 1-84011-508-4  

QUENTIN BLAKE (Text by Michael Rosen) Michael Rosen’s Sad Book
Walker (Age range: 7+)
ISBN:  0-7445-9898-2

NICK BUTTERWORTH The Whisperer                     
HarperCollins (Age range: 5+)
ISBN:  0-00-712017-6

JOHN KELLY (Text by Cathy Tincknell) Guess Who’s Coming For Dinner?
Templar (Age range: 7+)
ISBN:  1-84011-628-5

CHRIS RIDDELL (Text by Martin Jenkins) Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver”
Walker (Age range: 10+)
ISBN:  0-7445-8642-9


NB ­ the age ranges have been suggested by the judging panel

29 April 2005