Nominations published for the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals 2019

Nominations have been published for the country's oldest children’s book awards, recognising outstanding writing and illustration in books for children and young people. The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually by CILIP for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people; and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded for distinguished illustration.

This year, 254 books have been nominated for the 2019 Medals; 137 books are in the running for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and 117 for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Books have been put forward by a record number of nominators which, alongside CILIP members, includes several external bodies − BookTrust, CLPE, Commonword, IBBY, Inclusive Minds, National Literacy Trust and RNIB − invited to nominate as part of CILIP’s diversity and inclusion action plan for the Awards.

As part of this action plan, this year also sees:

  • an expanded judging panel of librarians, bringing a broad range of lived experiences and perspectives

  • enhanced diversity training for the judges

  • an equality, diversity and inclusion advisory panel to support and advise on the Awards process

  • a new prize voted for by children and young people

  • and a quarterly publication of Top 10 New Voices eligible for the upcoming Medals.

The 2019 nominations have all been checked and verified for their eligibility and titles have received at least one nomination from a CILIP member or external nominating body.

What happens next?

Each nominated book is read by every member of the judging panel − 14 children's and youth librarians representing all regions of CILIP's Youth Libraries Group − who volunteer their time as judges.

From these nominations the judging panel will decide the long and shortlists and finally, the 2019 Medal winners, based on the official Medals criteria. The long and shortlists identify a range of outstanding books for children and young people, recognising excellent literature and illustration from new and established authors and illustrators.

The awards shadowing scheme engages thousands of children and young people in schools and libraries in the UK and overseas through reading groups that 'shadow' the judges as they read and engage with the shortlists. Shadowers critically and creatively explore the shortlisted books, through group participation and online engagement: posting reviews, blogs, artworks, videos, exploring human rights and participating in visual literacy based creative activities.

The winners’ ceremony in June will see one book from each shortlist awarded the first children’s choice prize, voted for and presented by shadowers, alongside the winners of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals.

CILIP Carnegie Medal Nominated Titles 2019

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Nominated Titles 2019

Key dates

18 February 2019

Longlist announcement
18 March 2019
Shortlist announcement
17 June 2019
2019 Medal winners' announcement

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For further information please contact Natalie Jones at CILIP on / 020 7255 0518


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 illustration in a book for children and young people.

About CILIP: the library and information association

CILIP is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers. Our goal is to put information and library skills and professional values at the heart of a democratic, equal and prosperous society. 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.

Links and social media

Twitter: @CILIPCKG #CKG19