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.

 

‘This is a powerful novel on every level: its vivid evocation of a Harlem neighbourhood, the challenges, disappointments and often misdirected love of motherhood and intimate glimpses of a young woman’s interior life are laid bare for the reader.’

ALISON BRUMWELL, Chair of Judges

 

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.

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The Poet X is a raw, effervescent debut novel about the power of language and speaking your own truth. Written entirely in verse, this Waterstones Children’s Book Prize nominee follows the trials and tribulations of Xiomara, a teenager growing up in a tough Harlem neighbourhood, and her creative release in the world of slam poetry.
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The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019 Longlist

The Poet X
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The Colour of the Sun
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The House with Chicken Legs
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The Weight of a Thousand Feathers
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Moonrise
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Norse Myths
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My Side of the Diamond
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Bone Talk
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A Skinful of Shadows
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A Different Boy
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The Lost Words
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Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales
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Things a Bright Girl Can Do
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The Astonishing Colour of After
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The Boy At the Back of the Class
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Station Zero
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Long Way Down
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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.

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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. 

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The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2019 Longlists

The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse
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A Stone for Sascha
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If All the World Were...
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Illegal
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This Zoo is Not for You
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Norse Myths
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The Day War Came
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Bob's Blue Period
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Ocean Meets Sky
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The Last Wolf
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Beyond the Fence
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Mary's Monster
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Julian Is a Mermaid
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Mrs Noah's Pockets
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The Lost Words
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The Family Tree
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Suffragette
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