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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.

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.

In 2017 the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal reached its 60th year.

The 2017 winner, announced on Monday 19th June 2017 , at a ceremony at RIBA in London  was Lane Smith for There is a Tribe of Kids. This was the first time ever in the history of both the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals that winners from the United States triumphed in both categories.

The shortlists for both prizes were revealed on 15th March.

Commenting on the shortlisted titles Jake Hope, Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel for 2018, said:

“The books on the 2018 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals shortlists offer moments of breath-taking poignancy and insight for all readers, young or old. The scope is truly global, stretching from forests to seas, traversing continents and cultures as well as time. The titles explore topical issues with remarkable emotional honesty embracing themes of prejudice, personal growth and development whilst eliciting a wider understanding of the wonders and complexities of the world young people inhabit. Verve and vibrancy radiate memorably from the impressive range of styles in writing and illustration on offer in these books, making the lists perfect for stimulating personal connections and conversation.”

The winners will be announced on Monday 18th June 2018 at a special daytime event at The British Library, hosted by June Sarpong. The winners will each receive £500 worth of books to donate to their local library, a specially commissioned golden medal and a £5,000 Colin Mears Award cash prize.

On the day of the shortlist announcement,  Amnesty International UK  also hosted a drinks reception in London to celebrate the longlist and shortlist author and illustrators for both medals.

2018 Kate Greenaway Shortlist

King of the Sky
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Nicola Davies; Laura Carlin
 
A powerful and beautifully illustrated story about migration and the meaning of home, from the award-winning team behind The Promise.
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Night Shift: An Insight into...
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Debi Gliori
 
'Debi Gliori is amazing. Her pictures offer people an insight into depression that words often struggle to reach. She makes visible the invisible. And I for one want...
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A First Book of Animals
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Nicola Davies; Petr Horacek
 
A dazzling collection of poems by Nicola Davies, featuring over fifty different kinds of animals - beautifully illustrated by Petr Horacek.
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The Song from Somewhere Else
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A. F. Harrold; Levi Pinfold
 
Winner of the Amnesty CILIP Honour for Illustration 2018 Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal Frank doesn't know...
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Town Is by the Sea
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Joanne Schwartz; Sydney Smith
 
While a young boy enjoys a summer's day, his thoughts constantly return to his father, who is digging for coal deep under the sea. "An atmospheric, haunting story" ...
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Thornhill
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Pam Smy
 
A darkly gripping tale of two girls separated by thirty years but pulled together by a house.
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Under the Same Sky
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Britta Teckentrup
 
Celebrate the closeness of the world's community with this heart-warming peek-through picture book by award-winning Britta Teckentrup.
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Recent winners

2017 There is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith

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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