NEWCOMERS CHALLENGE FORMER WINNERS FOR THE 50th CILIP KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL
In its 50th anniversary year, the shortlist for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, the UK’s most prestigious award for children’s book illustration features two former holders of the coveted Medal, Chris Riddell and last year’s winner, Emily Gravett. Shortlisted for the second and third times respectively are illustrator pairing, John Kelly & Cathy Tincknell, and Mini Grey. Two Scottish illustrators, Ross Collins and Catherine Rayner both make the shortlist for the first time, Rayner for her debut book.
The six shortlisted titles amply demonstrate the exciting range of and content for children of all ages to be found in illustrated books today. Whether…
…trying to see
off of a ghostly elephant…getting decidedly fruity with a juggling bear…finding
out what happened next after the dish ran away with the spoon…rooting for a
mole reporter as he goes in search of his first scoop…going on the trail of a
tiger’s smile…or visiting the weird and wonderful land of Absurdia….
Chair of this year’s CILIP Kate Greenaway judges, Ian Dodds, commented:
“This year’s shortlist showcases the incredible variety of illustrative styles available to children and young people, from simple pencil drawing to highly detailed computer-generated images. It offers an exciting mix of illustrators and range of titles for children aged 18 months and over, clearly demonstrating that picture books can be an irresistible source of pleasure for readers of all ages”.
The Kate Greenaway Medal, named in honour of the distinguished illustrator is awarded for “outstanding illustration in a children’s book. First won by Edward Ardizzone in 1956, the Medal has been awarded in more recent years to such famous names as Shirley Hughes, Helen Oxenbury, Janet Ahlberg and Lauren Child.
Both the Kate Greenaway Medal and its sister award, the Carnegie Medal are awarded annually by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. The process by which books are nominated and judged for both awards is unique, with the shortlist and winners decided by an expert panel of children’s librarians from the Youth Libraries’ Group of CILIP. Thanks to a bequest left in 2000 by children’s book and illustration collector, Colin Mears, the Kate Greenaway winner also receives a cheque for £5000 in addition to the coveted medal.
The 2007 winners will be announced at a ceremony in central London on Thursday 21st June.
ROSS COLLINS, The
EMILY GRAVETT, Orange Pear Apple Bear
MINI GREY, The Adventures
of the Dish and the Spoon
JOHN KELLY & CATHY
TINCKNELL, Scoop! An Exclusive by Monty Molenski
CATHERINE RAYNER, Augustus
and His Smile
CHRIS RIDDELL, The Emperor
20 April 2007