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The Kate Greenaway Medal

Click to see the Carnegie Medal, for older children's fiction, run in parallel with this award

The Kate Greenaway MedalThe Kate Greenaway Medal, first awarded in 1955, rewards the outstanding illustration of a children's book. It is named after the distinguished Victorian book illustrator of the same name.

The winner receives a gold medal and £500 worth of books to donate to a school or public library of their choice. Since 2000, the winner has also personally received £5000, funded by a bequest from children's book collector Colin Mears.

Winners are chosen by a panel of children's librarians, members of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, who take into account feedback from pupils at selected schools. CILIP also administers the Carnegie Medal, which rewards non-illustrated children's books, and together these constitute the most prestigious British awards for children's books. Winners are announced in July, rewarding books published in the previous calendar year.

The list of prize winners is a tribute the Britain's long tradition of beautifully illustrated children's titles. Winners include Edward Ardizzone, Raymond Briggs, Janet Ahlberg, Quentin Blake, Michael Foreman, Helen Oxenbury and Lauren Child as well as the ten two-time winners, Victor Ambrus, John Burningham, Anthony Browne, Charles Keeping, Shirley Hughes, Jan Pienkowski, P J Lynch, Emily Gravett, Helen Cooper and Chris Riddell.

On two occasions, including 1955, the first year of the award, and 1958, no book has been deemed of sufficient quality to receive the Medal.

To celebrate the prize's 50th anniversary in 2007, children's book experts selected their ten best winners of the Medal. A poll was then conducted to find the most popular winner; this was won by Shirley Hughes' Dogger.

The 2016 winner, announced 20th June, was Chris Riddell for The Sleeper and the Spindle, making him the first ever triple winner of either this award or the Carnegie Award.

On the shortlist for The Kate Greenaway Medal, which celebrates illustration in children’s books, award-winning writer and illustrator Chris Riddell, the Children’s Laureate, is in the running to win an unprecedented fourth Kate Greenaway Medal just a year after his hat-trick in 2016. He is joined by former Kate Greenaway Medal winners Emily Gravett, William Grill and Jim Kay and first-time Kate Greenaway-shortlisted authors Francesca Sanna, Brian Selznick and Lane Smith, as well as another potential record-breaker in the form of Dieter Braun’s Wild Animals of the North. Originally published in German, this is the first ever translated title to make the Kate Greenaway shortlist following the Medals opening up to translated works in English in 2015.

The shortlists for both the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 were announced on Thursday 16th March, and the winners will be revealed on Monday 19th June at a special daytime event at RIBA in central London. Read more about the shortlist here.

 

 

2017 Kate Greenaway Shortlist

Wild Animals of the North
(Hardback)
Dieter Braun
 
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Tidy
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Emily Gravett
 
Pete the badger likes to keep the forest neat and tidy. But sometimes it's good to know when to stop!
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The Wolves of Currumpaw
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William Grill
 
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's...
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J. K. Rowling; Jim Kay
Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay's dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in this full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the...
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A Great Big Cuddle
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Michael Rosen; Chris Riddell
 
Two of the biggest names in children's publishing, Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell, come together in a new poetry collection.
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The Journey
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Francesca Sanna; Francesca Sanna
 
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The Marvels
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Brian Selznick
 
The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story...
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There is a Tribe of Kids
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Lane Smith
 
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 Did you ever want to waddle with a colony of penguins? Wriggle with an army of caterpillars? Or march with a...
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2017 Kate Greenaway Longlist

Alpha: Abidjan to Gare du Nord
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Bessora; Sarah Ardizzone; Barroux
 
A timely and important graphic novel account of one man's desperate journey from North Africa to Europe, with artwork from the creator of Line of Fire. Alpha brings...
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Return
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Aaron Becker; Aaron Becker
 
The eagerly-anticipated finale of Aaron Becker's wordless trilogy - a spectacular, suspenseful and moving story that brings its adventurer home.
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Wild Animals of the North
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Dieter Braun
 
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Bob the Artist
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Marion Deuchars
 
Bob the bird is just like all his friends, apart from his skinny legs. When Bob is teased, he decides to try and change himself to fit in. But little...
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The Lion Inside
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Rachel Bright; Jim Field
 
Fans of The Gruffalo and Giraffes Can't Dance will love this feelgood rhyming story portraying a positive message about overcoming your fears.
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Perfect
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Nicola Davies; Cathy Fisher
 
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Tidy
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Emily Gravett
 
Pete the badger likes to keep the forest neat and tidy. But sometimes it's good to know when to stop!
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The Wolves of Currumpaw
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William Grill
 
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's...
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J. K. Rowling; Jim Kay
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The Whale
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Ethan Murrow; Vita Murrow
 
There is a legend that a Great Spotted Whale lives in the ocean; local fishermen still talk of it, although the first sighting fifty years ago was never corroborated....
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Greenling
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Levi Pinfold; Levi Pinfold
 
Mr Barleycorn picks a green baby growing on his land, letting loose the incredible power of nature. When melons grow in the kitchen and apples sprout out of their...
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A Great Big Cuddle
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Michael Rosen; Chris Riddell
 
Two of the biggest names in children's publishing, Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell, come together in a new poetry collection.
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The Journey
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Francesca Sanna; Francesca Sanna
 
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The Marvels
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Brian Selznick
 
The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story...
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There is a Tribe of Kids
(Hardback)
Lane Smith
 
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 Did you ever want to waddle with a colony of penguins? Wriggle with an army of caterpillars? Or march with a...
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Rain
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Sam Usher; Sam Usher
 
Sam wants to go out but it's pouring with rain, so he and Grandpa decide to stay inside until the rain stops. Sam drinks hot chocolate and reads his books...
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Counting Lions
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Virginia McKenna; Katie Cotton;...
 
An art-inspired gift that makes learning to name and explore wildlife a family adventure, with stunning charcoal drawings from artist Stephen Walton and a foreword from actress and wildlife campaigner...
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Little One
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Jo Weaver
 
The remarkable debut book is a touching exploration of love and new discoveries, seen through the eyes of a bear and her cub.
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Great Fire of London: Activity Book
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Sally Jane Morgan; James Weston Lewis
 
A beautiful activity book that brings the history of the Great Fire to life with illuminating illustrations, amazing activities and incredible information.
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A Beginner's Guide to Bearspotting
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Michelle Robinson; David Roberts
 
Bearspotting is a dangerous business - you ought to take it seriously, you know. So here's what you need to know for starters - black bears are dangerous and black,...
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Recent winners

 

2016 The Sleeper and the Spindle by Chris Riddell

2015 Shackleton's Journey by William Grill

2014 This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

2013 Black Dog by Levi Penfold

2012 A Monster Calls by Jim Kay

2011 FArTHER by Grahame Baker-Smith

2010 Harry and Hopper by Freya Blackwood

2009 Harris Finds His Feet by Catherine Rayner

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

2007 The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon by Mini Grey

2006 No award, due to change in timing

2005 Wolves by Emily Gravett

2004 Jonathan Swift's ‘Gulliver’ by Chris Riddell

2003 Ella's Big Chance by Shirley Hughes

2002 Jethro Byrde, Fairy Child by Bob Graham

2001 Pirate Diary by Chris Riddell

2000 I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child

1999 Pumpkin Soup by Helen Oxenbury

1998 Larry's Party by Helen Cooper

1997 When Jessie Came Across the Sea by P J Lynch

1996 The Baby Who Wouldn't Go To Bed by Helen Cooper

1995 The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by P J Lynch

1994 Way Home by Gregory Rogers

1993 Black Ships Before Troy by Alan Lee

1992 Zoo by Anthony Browne

1991 The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet Ahlberg

1990 The Whales’ Song by Gary Blythe

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