About the Awards

What makes a truly great book?

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards, recognising outstanding writing and illustration in books for children and young people.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people.

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

Unique in that they are judged solely by librarians, the roll-call of past winners includes: Arthur Ransome, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Noel Streatfeild, Sally Gardner and Penelope Lively for the Carnegie; and Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes, Janet Ahlberg, and Children's Laureates Quentin Blake, Anthony Browne, Chris Riddell and Lauren Child.

Now one of the main national reading for pleasure initiatives, the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards Shadowing scheme engages thousands of children and young people in reading the books on the shortlist via reading groups in schools and public libraries with dedicated educational and digital resources to support each shortlist.

The Medals are awarded annually by CILIP: the library and information association, with a longlist announced in February, shortlists in March and the medal winners announced at a June ceremony.

In 2018, CILIP carried out an independent diversity review of the Awards that led to actions taken to make sure the Awards best champion diversity, inclusion and representation. Following this review, CILIP introduced a new mission for the Awards: To inspire and empower the next generation to create a better world through books and reading.