Posted: Friday 29th June 2018
The winners of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK's oldest children's book awards, were announced on Monday 18th June, at a ceremony at The British Library in London
Often described by authors and illustrators as 'the one they want to win' - they are the gold standard in children's literature.
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
British writer Geraldine McCaughrean won the CILIP Carnegie Medal for the second time, with her historical fiction novel Where the World Ends (Usborne). Inspired by an historical record from 18th century St Kilda, the book explores the fates of a group of men and boys who find themselves stranded on a remote and inhospitable sea stac after their return boat mysteriously fails to turn up.
Canadian illustrator Sydney Smith won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for the first time for his illustrations in Joanne Schwartz's Town Is by the Sea (Walker Books). Inspired by impressionist artists such as J.M.W.Turner his expressive brush work depicts a day in the life of a boy growing up in a 1950’s coal mining town. The book contrasts the bright world of the child above ground with the subterranean adult world of a mining pit.
Also each year two special commendations, the Amnesty CILIP Honour, are awarded to the author and illustrator of two books; one from each shortlist, that most distinctively illuminates, communicates, or celebrates our personal rights and freedoms.
From the Carnegie shortlist The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Walker Books) tells the story of 16-year-old Starr, a girl of two worlds. Every day she walks a fine line between the poor inner-city neighbourhood where she was born and raised, and the wealthy suburbs where she goes to high school. As the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend by a white police officer her whole world suddenly changes.
From the Greenaway shortlist the commendation was awarded to illustrator Levi Pinfold for The Song from Somewhere Else written by A.F. Harrold.A story of friendship, betrayal, acceptance and doing what is right.
Copies of all the books are available from Hertfordshire libraries; some are also available in ebook or eaudio format. www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/libraries