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The Carnegie Medal

Cick to see the Kate Greenaway Medal, for children's picture books, run in parallel with this award

The Carnegie MedalThe Carnegie Medal was first awarded in 1936, having been established in memory of Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-born industrialist and philanthropist. The winner receives a gold medal and £500 worth of books to donate to a school or public library of their choice.

Winners are chosen by a panel of 13 children's librarians, members of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), who take into account feedback from pupils at selected schools. CILIP also administers the Kate Greenaway Medal, which rewards illustrated children's books, and together these constitute the most prestigious British awards for children's books. They are announced each July, rewarding books published in the previous calendar year.

In 2015, it was announced that translated books would henceforth be eligible.

Ever since its inauguration when it was won by Arthur Ransome, the Medal has rewarded some of the most enduringly popular writers of children's and wider literature. Winners include Noel Streatfeild, Eleanor Farjeon, C S Lewis, Richard Adams, Philipa Pearce, Alan Garner, Robert Westall, Penelope Lively, Geraldine McCaughrean and Terry Pratchett.

Anne Fine, Margaret Mahy, Peter Dickinson and Patrick Ness are the only authors to have won the Medal twice. Ness is also the first author to have all three books in a trilogy shortlisted, although only the final book went on to win. On three occasions - in 1943, 1945 and 1966 - no book was considered sufficiently worthy of an award and so no Medal was presented.

To celebrate the prize's 70th anniversary in 2007, children's book experts, including former Chairs of the judging panel, selected their ten best winners of the Medal. A poll was then conducted to find the most popular winner; this was won by Philip Pullman's Northern Lights.

One of the top ten, Melvin Burgess' Junk, which also won the Guardian Award, provoked consternation in certain quarters for its frank depiction of heroin addiction, but the book has gone on to become his most critically and commercially acclaimed.

The 2014 winner was also controversial, as Kevin Brooks'  features its teenage protagonist being kidnapped and held in an underground bunker. Lorna Bradbury of the Daily Telegraph described it as a 'uniquely sickening book' .

The 2016 longlist was announced on 15th February. The shortlist will be announced on 15th March and the winner on 20th June.

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2016 Longlist

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John Agard; Neil Packer
 
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A Song for Ella Grey
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David Almond
 
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One
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Sarah Crossan
 
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The Earth is Singing
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Vanessa Curtis
 
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The Door That Led to Where
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Sally Gardner
 
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The Lie Tree
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Frances Hardinge
 
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The Imaginary
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A. F. Harrold; Emily Gravett
 
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There Will be Lies
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Nick Lake
 
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We are All Made of Molecules
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Susin Nielsen
 
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The Rest of Us Just Live Here
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Patrick Ness
 
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Jessica's Ghost
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Andrew Norriss
 
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The Shepherd's Crown
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Terry Pratchett
 
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Thirteen Chairs
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Dave Shelton
 
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Lies We Tell Ourselves
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Robin Talley
 
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Fire Colour One
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Jenny Valentine
 
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My Name's Not Friday
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Jon Walter
 
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Liccle Bit
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Alex Wheatle
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Recent winners

2015 Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman

2014 The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

2013 Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

2012 A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

2011 Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

2010 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

2009 Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd

2008 Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve

2007 Just in Case by Meg Rosoff

2006 No award, due to switch in timing

2005 Tamar by Mal Peet

2004 Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce

2003 A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly

2002 Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech

2001 The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

2000 The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo

1999 Postcards From No Man's Land by Aidan Chambers

1998 Skellig by David Almond

1997 River Boy by Tim Bowler

1996 Junk by Melvin Burgess

1995 Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

1994 Whispers in the Graveyard by Theresa Breslin

1993 Stone Cold by Robert Swindells

1992 Flour Babies by Anne Fine

1991 Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty

1990 Wolf by Gillian Cross

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