The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Award 2019 Winners
The CILIP Carnegie Medal Winner 2019
It’s our very great pleasure to confirm Dominican-American author Elizabeth Acevedo’s slam poetry-influenced debut, The Poet X, as the winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019.
Coming in a year that marks the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Acevedo’s win is a recognition of young people’s agency in the modern world. Bringing marginalised voices to the fore, The Poet X is a charged, unrestrained celebration of a young woman’s burgeoning sexuality, set against the constrictions of family expectation, social convention and cultural prejudice.
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2019 Winner
In a double triumph for books of poetry, this year’s winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is British illustrator Jackie Morris, who is recognised for her book The Lost Words, produced with the writer Robert Macfarlane.
Fluid, evocative and alive with colour and motion, Morris’s paintings conjure back the wonder of British wildlife being slowly lost in language and landscape. A book told in a synchrony of words and image, The Lost Words is a rare and spellbinding treasure.
A soaring visual hymn to the vanishing poetry of the countryside, The Lost Words is a transcendent union of image and language that makes an urgent case for the re-wilding of modern childhood. Breathtakingly beautiful in its design and production, this really is a book to treasure forever.