Today (Tuesday 16th February), longlists for both the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards, are revealed. The 20-strong CILIP Carnegie Medal longlist sees the late Terry Pratchett’s final novel up against books by fellow previous winners Sally Gardner, Patrick Ness and David Almond as well as Frances Hardinge’s recent Costa Book of the Year winner, The Lie Tree.

In the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal longlist, former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne could win a second Medal nearly a quarter of a century after his previous triumph with the return of his much loved chimpanzee hero in Willy’s Stories. He faces stiff competition from a powerhouse longlist including fellow former winners Chris Riddell, Helen Oxenbury and Emily Gravett. The Imaginary, for which Gravett is longlisted, is also in the running for this year’s Carnegie Medal. In an unusual twist, both Chris Riddell and Oliver Jeffers will be competing against themselves with each being listed twice.

All of those longlisted will be vying to join the pantheon of past winners of the world respected Medals, including legendary authors Arthur Ransome and C.S Lewis and renowned illustrators Quentin Blake and Shirley Hughes. The Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal are awarded for outstanding writing and illustration, respectively, in books for children and young people. Judged by a panel of expert librarians, the Medals are unique and are known as the awards that children’s book authors and illustrators say they ‘most want to win’.

Sioned Jacques, Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel for 2016, said:

“It is a real honour to take on the mantle of chairing the judging panel for this year’s Medals. The longlists for 2016 are outstanding and perfectly reflect the vibrancy of children’s books in the UK today. This is a real golden age of writing and illustrating for children and the range of skills and storytelling on display in the longlists are proof of the incredibly high standards of this ever-growing area of publishing – every book is a potential winner. These are all fantastic books and every one of them deserves a wide audience.”

Dawn Finch, President of CILIP, said:

"The Medals play a hugely important role in recommending good books to children, parents and teachers and illustrate the key role that librarians play in introducing readers to new books and to fantastic new storytellers and artists. The images and stories in both longlists leap off the page and the whole gamut of human life and experience is reflected, with books that cover family and friendship, love and loyalty and secrets and lies. There are books that explore war, slavery, civil rights and equality, others that re-imagine ancient myths, stories of coming of age and tales that span time and space, firing imaginations with every page that is read.”

The shortlists for both the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016 will be announced on Tuesday 15th March, with the winners being announced on Monday 20th June at a special daytime event at the British Library. The winners will each receive £500 worth of books to donate to their local library and a specially commissioned golden medal. Since 2000, the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal has also been awarded the £5,000 Colin Mears Award cash prize. In 2016, for the first time, the Carnegie Medal winner will also be awarded an equal amount of prize money from the Colin Mears Award. Also new for 2016, one title from each shortlist will be named the recipient of the Amnesty CILIP Honour, a new commendation for a book that most distinctively illuminates, upholds or celebrates freedoms. The two titles receiving the commendation will be able to carry an Amnesty CILIP Honour logo. On shortlist announcement day, Tuesday 15th March, Amnesty will host a drinks reception in London to celebrate the shortlists for both Medals.

The books longlisted for the
2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal are:

Book by John Agard (Walker Books)

A Song For Ella Grey by David Almond (Hodder)

One by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)

The Earth Is Singing by Vanessa Curtis (Usborne)

The Door That Led To Where by Sally Gardner (Hot Key Books)

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan)

The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold (Bloomsbury)

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury)

We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Neilsen (Andersen Press)

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)

Jessica's Ghost by Andrew Norriss (David Fickling Books)

Panther by David Owen (Little, Brown Book Group)

The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett (Penguin Random House)

Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders (Faber)

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick (Indigo)

Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton (David Fickling Books)

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (MiraInk, HarperCollins)

Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine (HarperCollins)

My Name's Not Friday by Jon Walter (David Fickling Books)

Liccle Bit by Alex Wheatle (Atom Books)

The books longlisted for the
2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal are:

Please Mr Panda illustrated and written by Steve Antony (Hodder Children’s Books)

Where’s the Elephant? illustrated and written by Barroux (Egmont Books)

Willy’s Stories illustrated and written by Anthony Browne (Walker Books)

This Book Just Ate My Dog! illustrated and written by Richard Byrne (Oxford University Press)

Wall illustrated and written by Tom Clohosy Cole (Templar)

There’s a Bear on My Chair illustrated and written by Ross Collins (Nosy Crow)

Grandad’s Island illustrated and written by Benji Davies (Simon & Schuster)

How the Sun Got to Coco's House illustrated and written by Bob Graham (Walker Books)

The Imaginary illustrated by Emily Gravett, written by A.F Harrold (Bloomsbury)

Once Upon an Alphabet illustrated and written by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins)

The Day the Crayons Came Home illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, written by Drew Daywalt (HarperCollins)

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett (Walker Books)

Something About a Bear illustrated and written by Jackie Morris (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)

Captain Jack and the Pirates illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, written by Peter Bently (Puffin)

Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death illustrated and written by Chris Riddell (Macmillan)

The Sleeper and the Spindle illustrated by Chris Riddell, written by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury)

The Bolds illustrated by David Roberts, written by Julian Clary (Andersen Press)

Animalium illustrated by Katie Scott, written by Jenny Broom (Big Picture Press)

Footpath Flowers illustrated by Sydney Smith, written by JonArno Lawson (Walker Books)

Lili illustrated and written by Wen Dee Tan (Fat Fox)

For further information and to request an interview with the longlisted authors and illustrators, or for images, please contact Jon Howells or Liz Hyder at Riot Communications on / 020 3174 0118 or / 07939 372 865


About the CILIP Carnegie Medal

The Carnegie Medal, awarded annually, was established in 1936 in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835 - 1919). A self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA, Carnegie’s experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that “If ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries.” He set up more than 2,800 libraries across the English speaking world and by the time of his death over half the library authorities in Great Britain had Carnegie libraries.

About the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955 for distinguished illustration in a book for children. Named after the popular nineteenth century artist, known for her beautiful children's illustrations and designs, the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

About the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

CILIP is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers. CILIP’s vision is a fair and economically prosperous society underpinned by literacy, access to information and the transfer of knowledge. CILIP is a registered charity, no. 313014. The Youth Libraries Group (YLG) of CILIP works in a ‘pressure group’ role to preserve and influence the provision of quality literature and library services for children and young people, both in public libraries and school library services. Visit

Full list of past winners of the CILIP Carnegie Medal:

2015 Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman (Walker Books)

2014 The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks (Puffin)

2013 Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner (Hot Key Books)

2012 A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)

2011 Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)

2010 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury)

2009 Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd (David Fickling)

2008 Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve (Scholastic)

2007 Just in Case by Meg Rosoff (Penguin)

2005 Tamar by Mal Peet (Walker Books)

2004 Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Macmillan)

2003 A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly (Bloomsbury Children's Books)

2002 Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech (Bloomsbury Children's Books)
2001 The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett (Doubleday)
2000 The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo (Puffin)

1999 Postcards from No Man's Land by Aidan Chambers (Bodley Head)

1998 Skellig by David Almond (Hodder Children's Books)

1997 River Boy by Tim Bowler (OUP)

1996 Junk by Melvin Burgess (Andersen Press)

1995 His Dark Materials: Book 1 Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (Scholastic)

1994 Whispers in the Graveyard by Theresa Breslin (Methuen)

1993 Stone Cold by Robert Swindells (H Hamilton)

1992 Flour Babies by Anne Fine (H Hamilton)

1991 Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty (H Hamilton)

1990 Wolf by Gillian Cross (OUP)

1989 Goggle-eyes by Anne Fine (H Hamilton)

1988 A Pack of Lies by Geraldine McCaughrean (OUP)

1987 The Ghost Drumby by Susan Price (Faber)

1986 Granny was a Buffer Girl by Berlie Doherty (Methuen)

1985 Storm by Kevin Crossley-Holland (Heinemann)

1984 The Changeover by Margaret Mahy (Dent)

1983 Handles by Jan Mark (Kestrel)

1982 The Haunting by Margaret Mahy (Dent)

1981 The Scarecrows by Robert Westall (Chatto & Windus)

1980 City of Gold by Peter Dickinson (Gollancz)

1979 Tulku by Peter Dickinson (Gollancz)

1978 The Exeter Blitz by David Rees (H Hamilton)

1977 The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler by Gene Kemp (Faber)

1976 Thunder and Lightnings by Jan Mark (Kestrel)

1975 The Machine Gunner by Robert Westall (Macmillan)

1974 The Stronghold by Mollie Hunter (H Hamilton)

1973 The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively (Heinemann)

1972 Watership Down by Richard Adams (Rex Collings)

1971 Josh by Ivan Southall (Angus & Robertson)

1970 The God Beneath the Sea by Leon Garfield & Edward Blishen (Longman)

1969 The Edge of the Cloud by Kathleen Peyton (OUP)

1968 The Moon in the Cloud by Rosemary Harris (Faber)

1967 The Owl Service by Alan Garner (Collins)

1966 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable

1965 The Grange at High Force by Philip Turner (OUP)

1964 Nordy Bank by Sheena Porter (OUP)

1963 Time of Trial by Hester Burton (OUP)

1962 The Twelve and the Genii by Pauline Clarke (Faber)

1961 A Stranger at Green Knowe by Lucy M Boston (Faber)

1960 The Making of Man by Dr I. W. Cornwall (Phoenix House)

1959 The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff (OUP)

1958 Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce (OUP)

1957 A Grass Rope by William Mayne (OUP)

1956 The Last Battle by C S Lewis (Bodley Head)

1955 The Little Bookroom by Eleanor Farjeon (OUP)

1954 Knight Crusader by Ronald Welch (Felton Ronald Oliver)(OUP)

1953 A Valley Grows Up by Edward Osmond (OUP)

1952 The Borrowers by Mary Norton (Dent)

1951 The Woolpack by Cynthia Harnett (Methuen)

1950 The Lark on the Wing by Elfrida Vipont Foulds (OUP)

1949 The Story of Your Home by Agnes Allen (Faber)

1948 Sea Change by Richard Armstrong (Dent)

1947 Collected Stories for Children by Walter De La Mare (Faber)

1946 The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge (University of London Press)

1945 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable

1944 The Wind on the Moon by Eric Linklater (Macmillan)

1943 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable

1942 The Little Grey Men by 'BB' (D. J. Watkins-Pitchford) (Eyre & Spottiswoode)

1941 We Couldn't Leave Dinah by Mary Treadgold (Cape)

1940 Visitors from London by Kitty Barne (Dent)

1939 Radium Woman by Eleanor Doorly (Heinemann)

1938 The Circus is Coming by Noel Streatfeild (Dent)

1937 The Family from One End Street by Eve Garnett (Muller)

1936 Pigeon Post by Arthur Ransome (Cape)

Full list of past winners of the
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal:

2015 Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill (Flying Eye Books)

2014 This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (Walker Books)

2013 Black Dog by Levi Pinfold (Templar)
2012 A Monster Calls by Jim Kay (Walker Books)

2011 FArTHER by Grahame Baker-Smith (Templar)

2010 Harry & Hopper by Freya Blackwood (Scholastic)

2009 Harris Find His Feet by Catherine Rayner (Little Tiger Press)

2008 Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett (Macmillan)

2007 The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon by Mini Grey (Jonathan Cape)

2005 Wolves by Emily Gravett (Macmillan)

2004 Jonathan Swift's “Gulliver” by Chris Riddell (Walker Books)

2003 Ella's Big Chance by Shirley Hughes (The Bodley Head)

2002 Jethro Byrde- Fairy Child by Bob Graham (Walker Books)
2001 Pirate Diary by Chris Riddell (Walker Books)
2000  I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child (Orchard Books)

1999 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Helen Oxenbury (Walker Books)

1998 Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper (Doubleday)

1997 When Jessie Came Across the Se by P J Lynch (Walker Books)

1996 The Baby Who Wouldn't Go to Bed by Helen Cooper (Doubleday)

1995 The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by P J Lynch (Walker Books)

1994 Way Home by Gregory Rogers (Andersen Press)

1993 Black Ships Before Troy by Alan Lee (Frances Lincoln)

1992 Zoo by Anthony Browne (Julia MacRae)

1991 The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet Ahlberg (Heinemann)

1990 The Whales' Song by Gary Blythe (Hutchinson)

1989 War Boy: a Country Childhood by Michael Foreman (Pavilion)

1988 Can't You Sleep Little Bear? by Barbara Firth (Walker Books)

1987 Crafty Chameleon by Adrienne Kennaway (Hodder & Stoughton)

1986 Snow White in New York by Fiona French (OUP)

1985 Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady by Juan Wijngaard (Walker Books)

1984 Hiawatha's Childhood by Errol Le Cain (Faber)

1983 Gorilla by Anthony Browne (Julia MacRae)

1982 Long Neck and Thunder Foot and Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales by Michael Foreman (Kestrel and Gollancz)

1981 The Highwayman by Charles Keeping (OUP)

1980 Mr Magnolia by Quentin Blake (Cape)

1979 The Haunted House by Jan Pienkowski (Heinemann)

1978 Each Peach Pear Plum Janet Ahlberg (Kestrel)

1977 Dogger by Shirley Hughes (Bodley Head)

1976 The Post Office Cat by Gail E Haley (Bodley Head)

1975 Horses in Battle and Mishka by Victor Ambrus (OUP)

1974 The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins (Bodley Head)

1973 Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs (H Hamilton)

1972 The Woodcutter's Duck by Krystyna Turska (H Hamilton)

1971 The Kingdom Under the Sea by Jan Pienkowski (Cape)

1970 Mr Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham (Cape)

1969 The Quangle Wangle's Hat and The Dragon of an Ordinary Family by Helen Oxenbury (Heinemann)

1968 Dictionary of Chivalry by Pauline Baynes (Longman)

1967 Charlotte and the Golden Canary by Charles Keeping (OUP)

1966 Mother Goose Treasury by Raymond Briggs (H Hamilton)

1965 The Three Poor Tailors by Victor Ambru

s (OUP)

1964 Shakespeare's Theatre by C W Hodges (OUP)

1963 Borka: the Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers by John Burningham (Cape)

1962 A.B.C by Brian Wildsmith (OUP)

1961 Mrs. Cockle's Cat by Antony Maitland (Constable)

1960 Old Winkle and the Seagulls by Gerald Rose (Faber)

1959 Kashtanka and a Bundle of Ballads by William Stobbs (OUP)

1958 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable

1957 Mrs Easter and the Storks by V. H. Drummond (Faber)

1956 Tim All Alone by Edward Ardizzone (OUP)

1955 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable

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