Today (Tuesday 19th February 2019), the longlists for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s oldest book awards for children and young people, are revealed. Celebrating the best in children’s writing and illustration respectively, the Medals are unique in being judged by children’s librarians. The 40-strong list of titles for the 2018 Medals (20 on each longlist) were selected from a record total of 254 nominations, read by an expert team of 14 volunteer Youth Librarians from across the UK.
The Awards’ mission to recognise a diverse range of voices and perspectives is reflected in this year’s longlist, with books portraying the experiences of children and young people across the globe: from a Syrian refugee living in the UK (The Boy at the Back of the Class, Onjali Q. Raúf) to a Dominican-American growing up in Harlem (The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo); a girl living on a Thames sailing barge in Essex (Mud, Emily Thomas) to a Filipino boy whose tribe is at risk from an American invasion (Bone Talk, Candy Gourlay); a Taiwanese-American in search of her mother’s roots (The Astonishing Colour of After, Emily X.R. Pan) to a boy making the hazardous sea-crossing from North Africa to Europe (Illegal, Giovanni Rigano). This year’s list spans multiple forms; including fiction, graphic novels, verse novels, poetry and a novella – reflecting contemporary issues as wide-ranging as depression, assisted suicide, controlling behaviour, grief, gender conformity, the refugee crisis and women’s rights, and helping young people to navigate these important issues.
To view the entire list click here.