CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Award Shortlists 2018
With previous winners including C.S. Lewis, Neil Gaiman, Shirley Hughes, Terry Pratchett, and current Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals have a wonderful track record in recognising the very best in children’s writing and illustration.
True stories and timely issues inspire books across both shortlists this year, from Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give – inspired by Black Lives Matter – to Debi Gliori’s exploration of depression in Night Shift.
The winning Medals will be presented on Monday 18 June. We wish every nominee the very best of luck!
The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 Shortlist
Now in its 81st year, the CILIP Carnegie Medal is the oldest award of its type to celebrate fine writing for children and young people.
You're called Fidge and you're nearly eleven. You've been hurled into a strange world. You have three companions: two are unbelievably weird and the third is your awful cousin Graham. You have to solve a series of nearly impossible clues. You need to deal with a cruel dictator and three thousand Wimbley Woos (yes, you read that sentence correctly). And the whole situation - the whole, entire thing - is your fault.
Wed Wabbit is an adventure story about friendship, danger and the terror of never being able to get back home again. And it's funny. It's seriously funny.
Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth.
He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming.
But Moonbeam is starting to see the lies behind Father John's words. She wants him to be found out. What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?
In the summer of 1727, a group of men and boys are put ashore on a remote sea stac to harvest birds for food. No one returns to collect them. Why?
Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they have been abandoned to endure storms, starvation and terror. How can they survive, housed in stone and imprisoned on every side by the ocean?
A poignant, beautifully written novella about growing up and family. When Kenny and Nicky rescue a rook left for dead, Kenny is determined to keep it alive. Nicky doubts the scruffy bird will make it, but then Nicky has plenty else to worry about – a school bully, his first love, and the fact that everything is about to go very, very wrong.
Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 13+
It's Saturday, it's summer and, although he doesn't know it yet, everything in Adam Thorn's life is going to fall apart. But maybe, just maybe, he'll find freedom from the release. Time is running out though, because way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake...This uplifting coming-of-age novel will remind you what it's like to fall in love.
Taking his characters – and readers – everywhere from the depths of consciousness to other worlds and further, to worlds beyond death, Patrick Ness is one of the most startlingly original and thought-provoking contemporary writers.
Anapra is one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the Mexican city of Juarez - twenty metres outside town lies a fence, and beyond it, America - the dangerous goal of many a migrant.
Faustino is one such trying to escape from the gang he's been working for. He's dipped into a pile of dollars he was supposed to be hiding and now he's on the run. He and his friend, Arturo, have only 36 hours to replace the missing money, or they're as good as dead.
Watching over them is Saint Death. Saint Death (or Santissima Muerte) - she of pure bone and charcoal-black eye, she of absolute loyalty and neutral morality, holy patron to rich and poor, to prostitute and narco-lord, criminal and police-chief. A folk saint, a rebel angel, a sinister guardian.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful, gripping and piercingly relevant YA novel about inequality, police violence, twenty-first century prejudice and one girl’s struggle for justice. Quite simply essential reading.
Crow has lived her whole life on a tiny, starkly beautiful island. Her only companions are Osh, the man who rescued her from a washed-up skiff as a baby and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their neighbour across the sandbar. But it is only when a mysterious fire appears across the water that an unspoken question of her own history forms in Crow's heart, and an unstoppable chain of events is triggered.
Crow sets out to find her lost identity - and, ultimately, to learn what it means to be a family.
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 Shortlist
The only British prize to solely reward children’s book illustration, in its 61st year the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal continues to showcase the finest artists working in the field today.
Starting a new life in a new country, a young boy feels lost and alone - until he meets an old man who keeps racing pigeons. Together they pin their hopes on a race across Europe and the special bird they believe can win it: King of the Sky.
A powerful and beautifully illustrated story about migration and the meaning of home, from the award-winning team behind The Promise.
A groundbreaking picture book on depression. With stunning black and white illustration and deceptively simple text, author and illustrator Debi Gliori examines how depression affects one's whole outlook upon life, and shows that there can be an escape - it may not be easy to find, but it is there.
Polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, fireflies twinkling in the evening sky and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods - there are animals everywhere. From blue whales to bumblebee bats and everything in between, A First Book of Animals takes you all over the planet to visit all kinds of different creatures.
Frank doesn't know how to feel when Nick Underbridge rescues her from bullies one afternoon.
No one likes Nick. He's big, he's weird and he smells - or so everyone in Frank's class thinks. And yet, there's something nice about Nick's house. There's strange music playing there, and it feels light and good and makes Frank feel happy for the first time in forever. But there's more to Nick, and to his house, than meets the eye, and soon Frank realises she isn't the only one keeping secrets. Or the only one who needs help...
While a young boy enjoys a summer's day, his thoughts constantly return to his father, who is digging for coal deep under the sea. This beautifully understated and haunting story brings a piece of mining history to life.
The ever-present ocean and inevitable pattern of life in a mining town will enthral children and move adult readers, as a young boy wakes up to the sound of the sea, visits his grandfather's grave after lunch and comes home to a cosy dinner with his family.
A darkly gripping tale of two girls separated by thirty years but pulled together by the looming house of Thornhill.
As she unpacks in her new bedroom, Ella is irresistibly drawn to the big old house that she can see out of her window. Surrounded by overgrown gardens, barbed wire fences and 'keep out' signs, it looks derelict. But that night, a light goes on in one of the windows. And the next day she sees a girl in the grounds. Ella is hooked. The house has a story to tell. She is sure of it.
Enter Thornhill, Institute for Children, and discover the dark secrets that lie within. But once inside, will you ever leave?
Written and illustrated by the award-winning Britta Teckentrup, this beautiful and heart-warming peek-through picture book celebrates the closeness of the world's communities through their shared hopes and dreams.
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 Longlist