The UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards, the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals are awarded annually by school librarians. Often described by authors and illustrators as 'the one they want to win' - they are the gold standard in children's literature. Our successful Shadowing scheme engages thousands of children and young people in reading the books on the shortlist every year.
CILIP Carnegie Medal
The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. It was established by in 1936, in memory of the great Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Carnegie was a self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA. His experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that "if ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries."
Previous winners include, Arthur Ransome, C.S. Lewis, Margaret Mahy, Terry Pratchett, Phil Pullman and Patrick Ness.
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. It was established in 1955 and is named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for her fine children's illustrations and designs.
Since 2000, the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal has also been awarded the £5000 Colin Mears Award. Colin Mears, a Worthing based accountant and children's book collector, left a bequest providing every Greenaway winner with a cash award as well as the coveted Medal.
Previous winners include Raymond Briggs, Helen Oxenbury, Shirley Hughes, Lauren Child, Anthony Browne, Quentin Blake and Emily Gravett.
The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Shadowing Scheme
The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Shadowing Scheme is administered by librarians and information professionals and brings thousands of young people in schools, public libraries and other reading environments together to form book groups in which the members read and discuss the shortlisted titles of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, following the same criteria as the award judges.
A two-year Open University study, commissioned in association with the Carnegie UK Trust has shown that the shadowing scheme is an excellent way to encourage reading for pleasure in young people and highlights the unique role that librarians play.
Find out more about the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Shadowing Scheme report.