The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards are the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards for outstanding writing and illustration in books for children and young people. The awards’ shadowing scheme is one of the main national reading for pleasure schemes, with approximately 90,000 children and young people in over 5,000 reading groups taking part in libraries and classrooms across the country and overseas. From March to June each year, the award shadowers engage with outstanding writing and illustration by writing reviews, producing creative works based on the books, uploading videos and debating the books and who they think should win.
We are so pleased to be supporting these invaluable awards which celebrate reading, great books and stunning illustration. We will be offering 35% off the shortlisted books to shadowing groups, plus free jacketing and labelling – and our free delivery as usual of course! You can click here to order the shortlisted packs. We’re so looking forward to getting involved with schools and libraries to shout about the best books of the year and inspiring children to pick up a new book. Our 80 years’ experience is the perfect match for the awards in 2017 – next year, the Carnegie Medal will be 80 years old and the Kate Greenaway Medal will be 60.
This was a record-breaking year for nominations so we are so chuffed to be involved in the awards this year – there are some brilliant titles ripe for shadowing here. There were a few trusty favourites (we’re looking at you Chris Riddell, with your impressive five nominations!) along with some new talent, along with a great range of publishers from little independents to the big players.
Starting with the Carnegie, we were pleased to see previously nominated Peters Book of the Year authors Holly Bourne, Julie Mayhew and Brian Selznick, plus Cressida Cowell who was also speaker at our Love Literacy conference 2016. Covering a wide range of themes from feminism thanks to Holly Bourne and Louise O’Neill, coming of age and first love thanks to Juno Dawson and Eve Ainsworth, and younger modern classics like How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury and Pugs of the Frozen North. We were especially pleased to see a difficult theme emerge from some of the titles – refugees and immigration issues. This was handled beautifully in Vanessa Altin’s The Pomegranate Tree and Bessora and Barroux’s moving Alpha. We think it’s so important for awards and literature to recognise struggles that are going on in the world and present these to children (and adults) through books and other mediums to help build empathy and understanding.
Moving on to the Greenaway list, and it appears a menagerie of animals have descended onto the nominations! From lions to lizards, bears to birds, these illustrations are a feast for the eyes for animal fans. There are some cross-overs here with the Carnegie list; could we have a double-win following in the footsteps of Patrick Ness and Jim Kay in 2012 with A Monster Calls? Alpha, The Wolves of Currumpaw (by William Grill, last year’s Greenaway winner), Pugs of the Frozen North, and The Marvels all feature on both nomination lists. As well as Chris Riddell’s obligatory mountain of nominations, Steve Antony, Catherine Rayner and Jim Field all have more than one nomination for their illustrations. As well as new talent and stars of our 2016 calendar, Jo Empson, Meg McLaren and Lane Smith, we also have some illustrators keeping it in the family: Jessica Ahlberg and Chloe Inkpen.
We’re spoiled for choice – do we want former Laureate Malorie Blackman to win the medal, or are we keen for Love Literacy 2016 speaker Frank Cottrell-Boyce to beat the competition? Horatio Clare and Jane Matthews’ Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot recently won the Branford Boase award – will they scoop a Carnegie medal too? Do we want the king of illustration Chris Riddell to bag the prize again or do we want one of the illustrators from our calendar to have their time in the spotlight? Tweet us @PetersBooks to let us know what you think!