CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway Medals

Amidst the challenges we are facing, it is nice to see some signs of normal routine and positive stories coming about.  When the oldest book award in the UK, the CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway medal winners were announced on Wednesday 17th June 2020, they provided a much-needed distraction.

The chair for the judging panel, Julia Hale, said ‘During challenging times, librarians believe books for children and young people are more important than ever.” It was decided that the winning books “highlight our connection and co-dependency with the natural world.”

Medal Winners

Winner of the Greenaway medal is ‘Tales from the Inner City’ by Shaun Tan.

This glorious hardback is full of Tan’s exquisite, detailed illustrations.  They support short stories and poems that portray a surreal environment where nature and life in the city almost merge into one.  An older read with a lot to see.


Winner of the Carnegie medal is ‘Lark’ by Anthony McGowan.

Beautifully told, the story of two brothers lost on the moors in a blizzard. It tells of survival, hope, family and struggles of life and the writing draws you in to an emotional, funny and sometimes painful tale. This sits firmly as YA novella and is highly recommended for Secondary school libraries.


Stay Tuned for More Medals

Both are well deserved winners and would proudly sit on a secondary school library shelf.

For the schools that have been shadowing the Carnegie and Greenaway medals, the Shadower’s Choice Award will be announced by CILIP on 9th October 2020…

Hazel Murrell

Hazel Murrell

Hazel is an Advisory Librarian with Juniper Education. She studied a BA (hons) in Illustration for Children’s Publishing and is a member of CILIP. She has previously owned a Children’s bookshop as well as worked in schools and libraries promoting a love of reading.

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