The Kate Greenaway Medal
Click to see the Carngeie Medal, for older children's fiction, run in parallel with this award
The 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.
Levi Pinfold; Levi Pinfold
Nicola Davies; Salvatore Rubbino
Previous Winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal:
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
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