Nominations published for the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals 2020 / #CKG20 / #BestChildrensBooks

Nominations have been published for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals. The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded to a book written in English for children and young people that creates an outstanding reading experience through writing; while the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal recognises a book that creates an outstanding reading experience through illustration.

A total of 162 books have been nominated for the 2020 Medals; 91 books are in contention for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and 71 for the Kate Greenaway Medal. This includes several titles that received nominations in both Medal categories.

Alongside nominations from CILIP members, the list of 162 books includes nominations from eight external bodies: BookTrust, CLPE, CommonWord, English & Media Centre, IBBY, Inclusive Minds, National Literacy Trust and RNIB. These organisations were invited to nominate as an outcome of CILIP’s independent diversity review of the Awards (2017-18). CILIP invited nominations that met the criteria for the Medals and reflected the spirit of the Awards mission: To inspire and empower the next generation to create a better world through books and reading.

What happens next?

Each nominated book is read by every member of the judging panel – which this year includes 14 children's and youth librarians from CILIP's Youth Libraries Group − who volunteer their time as judges.

From these nominations, the judging panel will decide the long and shortlists and finally, the 2020 Medal winners, based on the official Medals criteria. The long and shortlists identify a range of outstanding books for children and young people of all ages and interests, celebrating world-class writing and illustration from new and established authors and illustrators.

2020 will see the second Shadowers’ Choice Awards voted for by children and young  people who take part in the Awards shadowing scheme – a reading for pleasure initiative that engages thousands of children and young people in schools and libraries in the UK and overseas through 'shadowing' reading groups. Young people read and engage with the shortlists critically and creatively, through group participation and digitally: posting online reviews, blogs, artworks, videos, exploring human rights and taking part in visual literacy based creative activities. Taking on the role of judges, the groups will vote for their favourite books to receive the Shadowers’ Choice Award at the winners’ ceremony in June 2020.

All nominations published have received at least one nomination from a CILIP member or external body and have been checked and verified for their eligibility.

CILIP Carnegie Medal Nominated Titles 2020

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Nominated Titles 2020

Key dates

20 February 2020
Longlist announcement

19 March 2020
Shortlist announcement and Shadowing begins

1 – 10 June 2020
Shadowers’ Choice Awards voting open

17 June 2020
2020 Medal winners' and Shadowers’ Choice announcement


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 CILIP: the library and information association

CILIP is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers. Our goal is to put information and library skills and professional values at the heart of a democratic, equal and prosperous society. 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.