CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Award 2018 Winners
Carnegie Winner: Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean
It’s our very great pleasure to pronounce Geraldine McCaughrean’s gripping survival story, Where the World Ends, as the winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018, the oldest award of its type to celebrate exceptional writing for children and young people.
Based on an extraordinary true story of Scottish boys marooned in the St Kilda archipelago, Where the World Ends is a compelling, vividly realised story of empowerment and bravery, layered through with myth, folklore and the untamed wildness of Kilda’s remote and beautiful landscape. It marks a second Carnegie award win for McCaughrean – the most shortlisted author in the award’s history - 30 years after she first won the prize for her 1988 novel, A Pack of Lies.
Additionally, each year Amnesty CILIP Honour commendations are given to two books from each CILIP shortlist that the judges feel empower children to stand up for their beliefs. This year's commendations were awarded to the Carnegie-shortlisted Angie Thomas for her white-knuckle thriller inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, The Hate U Give - the winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2018 - and Levi Pinfold for his black and white illustrations in The Song from Somewhere Else by A F Harrold.
The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 Shortlist
Kate Greenaway Winner: Town is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz and Sydney Smith
This year’s winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, the only British prize to solely reward Children's book illustration, is Canadian illustrator Sydney Smith, who is recognised for his evocative Impressionist-inspired illustrations in Joanne Schwartz’s picture book Town Is by the Sea.
Set in a coal mining town in the 1950’s, the judges praised the way the book 'skilfully balances an intimate story of a child's world of play and wonder alongside a bigger story of a whole community and culture'. An enchanting story for readers of all ages, it’s a tender evocation of growing up in a fast-changing world.
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 Shortlist