CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal criteria


The book that wins the Kate Greenaway Medal should be a book that creates an outstanding reading experience through illustration. The whole work should provide pleasure from a stimulating and satisfying visual experience which leaves a lasting impression. Illustrated work needs to be considered primarily in terms of its graphic elements, and where text exists particular attention should be paid to the synergy between the two.

All criteria will not necessarily be relevant to every title nominated.

The artistic style

Is the medium appropriate?

Is the personal style creative and distinctive?

Does the style work with the subject?

Is there a consistent quality of illustration throughout the book?

The format

Is the typography (i.e. format, typeface, print size, spacing, novelty features etc.) integral or intrusive?

Does the layout draw the reader in or is it distracting?

How appropriate are the size and shape of the book?

What use is made of covers, end-papers and title page?

Synergy of illustration and text

Are there recurring visual themes or images that enhance the reader's understanding of the book?

How well do the illustrations and text relate to each other in terms of layout?

Are the images and text consistent with each other?

Do the illustrations enhance the text or are they 'pictorial upholstery', i.e. for decorative purposes only?

In the case of information books, how accurate and clear are the illustrations?

The visual experience

How well does the book either offer the reader new experiences, or reflect their pre-existing experiences?

Does the book succeed in working at different levels for different readers?

What are the aesthetic qualities of the book?

What is the overall impact of the book on the reader?