'Unteachable' author and emerging illustrator enter children's books hall of fame

Dyslexic author Sally Gardner – once branded ‘unteachable’ at school – has today (Wednesday 19th June) pipped Booker-winner Roddy Doyle to the post for this year’s prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal with Maggot Moon (published by Hot Key Books). Her original and acclaimed dystopian tale also won this year’s Costa Children’s Book Award.
 
Gardner is joined on the winner’s podium at the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals ceremony by emerging illustrator Levi Pinfold. Pinfold claimed the coveted CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, which recognises excellence in illustration, for only his second picture book, Black Dog (published by Templar Publishing).
 
Both winning books are tales of triumph over terror. In Gardner’s Maggot Moon, the unlikely young hero Standish who, like his creator, is dyslexic, stands up to a sinister dictatorship whilst friends and family around him ‘disappear’. Pinfold’s Black Dog sees a little girl called Small Hope facing fear head-on in the form of a monstrous giant black dog. Both Gardner and Pinfold are entering the children’s books hall of fame as first-time winners of the coveted golden medals. They each receive £500 worth of books to donate to their local library. Pinfold is also awarded the £5,000 Colin Mears Award cash prize.
 
At the ceremony Gardner, who perceives her dyslexia as a gift, spoke up for children for whom reading and writing does not come easily, and the librarians and teachers that help them. She also criticised Michael Gove’s new curriculum.
 
Gardner said
“I'm still wondering if I'm going to wake and find that winning the Carnegie Medal is a dream. If it is true, then it has the quality of a dream come true. Without books I would not be a writer and without the zeal of librarians I would not have won this award. I believe teachers and librarians should be free to instill a life-long love of learning, without being policed by an outdated curriculum. I firmly believe Gove's new curriculum excludes rather than embraces those like me, and millions of others, with a different way of seeing and thinking.”
 
Writer and illustrator Pinfold used his win to celebrate libraries and librarians across the country.
 
Pinfold said
"To win the Kate Greenaway Medal is fantastic: I couldn't use the words ‘over-the-moon’ less lightly. I'm honoured that my work has been recognised by CILIP on behalf of librarians, for whom I have nothing but respect. I am always amazed at the passion for reading, looking and understanding that libraries inspire in everyone. The availability of a whole universe of knowledge and inspiration in one place is something highly underrated, as is the importance of encouraging minds, young and old, on the pathway to discovery. I think we all have a lot to learn from libraries."
 
Karen Robinson, Chair of the Judging Panel for 2013 and Youth Libraries Group Chair, said of the winners
“The heroes in both Gardner and Pinfold’s exquisitely realized and highly original books are the antithesis to the heroes we come to expect from Hollywood; both are small and without obvious talent. But in the face of terror their pluck, courage and hope shines brightly through. I'm confident that both books are true modern classics and will be read and enjoyed by generations to come.”
 
The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards in the UK. They are the awards that authors and illustrators say they ‘most want to win’, with a roll-call of past winners that includes: Arthur Ransome, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Noel Streatfeild and Penelope Lively for Carnegie; and Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes, Janet Ahlberg, Lauren Child and former Children’s Laureates Quentin Blake and Anthony Browne for Kate Greenaway. 
 
The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 shortlist in full
  • The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan, Bloomsbury
  • A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle, Marion Lloyd Books
  • Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, Hot Key Books
  • In Darkness by Nick Lake, Bloomsbury
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Bodley Head
  • Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, Indigo
  • A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton, David Fickling Books
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Electric Monkey
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2013 shortlist in full:
  • Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb, Macmillan Children's Books
  • Again! by Emily Gravett, Macmillan Children's Books
  • Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton, Walker Books
  • I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, Walker Books
  • Pirates ‘n’ Pistols by Chris Mould, Hodder Children's Books
  • King Jack and the Dragon by Helen Oxenbury (illustrator) and Peter Bently (author), Puffin Books
  • Black Dog by Levi Pinfold, Templar Publishing
  • Just Ducks! by Salvatore Rubbino (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (author), Walker Books
For further information, to request an interview with the winners or for images, please contact Liz Hyder or Alice Ingall at Riot Communications  on liz@riotcommunications.com / 07939 372 865 or alice@riotcommunications.com / 020 3174 0118
 
NOTES TO EDITORS
 
About Sally Gardner
Sally Gardner attended numerous schools as a child. After being expelled by one and branded ‘unteachable’ by the others, Gardner was eventually diagnosed at the age of 12 as being severely dyslexic. Gardner is now an avid spokesperson for dyslexia; she sees it a gift, not a disability, and is passionately trying to change how dyslexics are perceived by society.
 
At 18 Gardner won a scholarship to St. Martin’s Central School of Art where she received a First Class Degree. Combining her love of stories and the theatre with her talent for illustration, she went on to become a successful theatre designer. Her first West End show - The Good Woman of Szechuan - was produced when she was 22. She went on to work with Alan Ayckbourn at the National Theatre and also as an opera costume designer.
 
Gardner published her first book in 1993, thus beginning her illustrious career as a writer-illustrator to great international acclaim. The Countess’s Calamity won the Smarties Prize in 2003. Her first full-length novel, I, Coriander won the Nestle Children’s Book Prize Gold Award in 2005. Her next novel The Red Necklace was shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Book Prize in 2007. All of these books have been optioned for film. Her most recent YA novel Maggot Moon won the 2012 Costa Children’s Book Award, and now the 2013 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Gardner has recently published Wings & Co, a fairy detective agency series for younger readers, illustrated by David Roberts. Gardner lives in London with her family.
 
About Levi Pinfold
Levi Pinfold was born in the Forest of Dean. From a young age he loved books and comics and spent many of his days drawing and writing his own stories. At the age of seven, Pinfold went to watercolour classes where he was introduced to the medium that he still works in. His love of stories, painting and the work of illustrators such as Maurice Sendak, Alan Lee and Dave McKean led him to study Illustration at the University College Falmouth, where he developed narrative illustrations in his own style – a stylised realism – creating his imagery from imagination.
 
The Django, his debut picture book, is inspired by Pinfold's love of music. He won The Booktrust Early Years Award in the Best Emerging Illustrator Category for 2010 for The Django. Levi is also one of 10 illustrators to win the Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award in 2011. His second picture book for Templar, Black Dog, was published in November 2011 to critical acclaim and recently won the Children’s Book Award in the AOI Illustration Awards 2013. Levi is now living in Australia and working on a new picture book for Templar slated for 2014 publication.
 
About the CILIP Carnegie Medal
The Carnegie Medal, awarded annually, was established in 1936, in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835 - 1919). A self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA, Carnegie’s 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.” He set up more than 2,800 libraries across the English speaking world and, by the time of his death, over half the library authorities in Great Britain had Carnegie libraries.
 
About the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children. Named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for her beautiful children's illustrations and designs, the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.
 
About the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
CILIP is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers. CILIP’s vision is a fair and economically prosperous society underpinned by literacy, access to information and the transfer of knowledge. CILIP is a registered charity, no. 313014. The youth libraries group (YLG) of CILIP works in a ‘pressure group’ role to preserve and influence the provision of quality literature and library services for children and young people, both in public libraries and school library services. Visit www.cilip.org.uk
 
Carnegie UK Trust
The Carnegie UK Trust works to improve the lives of people throughout the UK and Ireland, by changing minds through influencing policy, and by changing lives through innovative practice and partnership work.  The Carnegie UK Trust was established in 1913 by Scots-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and we are delighted to be celebrating our centenary in 2013. Read more.
 
Carnegie UK Trust Centenary
A priceless Andy Warhol exhibition will form the centrepiece of a week-long celebration of Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropy in October after the Carnegie UK Trust and the Scottish Parliament announced a deal to bring over 40 Warhol pieces to Scotland, many of which are being shown in the country for the first time. The week-long festival called ‘Andrew Carnegie’s International Legacy: Shaping the Future’, will see a programme of events, exhibitions, seminars and other activities take place.
 
The climax of the week will be the presentation of the highly prestigious Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, previously described as the ‘Nobel Prize of philanthropy’, to some of the world’s most active and inspiring philanthropists. The Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy is only awarded biannually and previous winners include Michael Bloomberg, the Gates Family, the Sainsbury Family, Ted Turner and Sir Tom Farmer,  although this year’s winners have yet to be announced by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
 
Other elements of the Andrew Carnegie’s International Legacy: Shaping the Future festival are still to be confirmed, but will include a series of seminars and debates as well as a ‘legacy’ exhibition – ‘Andrew Carnegie: The legacy that changed the world’. The Trust’s centenary book, Pioneering Philanthropy, is available to order through the Carnegie UK website now. More information can be found here: www.carnegieuktrust100.org.uk/home
 
Full list of past winners of the CILIP Carnegie Medal
  • 2012 Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls, Walker Books
  • 2011 Patrick Ness, Monsters of Men, Walker Books
  • 2010 Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book, Bloomsbury
  • 2009 Siobhan Dowd, Bog Child, David Fickling
  • 2008 Philip Reeve, Here Lies Arthur, Scholastic
  • 2007 Meg Rosoff, Just in Case, Penguin
  • 2005 Mal Peet, Tamar, Walker Books
  • 2004 Frank Cottrell Boyce, Millions, Macmillan
  • 2003 Jennifer Donnelly, A Gathering Light, Bloomsbury Children's Books
  • 2002 Sharon Creech, Ruby Holler, Bloomsbury Children's Books
  • 2001 Terry Pratchett, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, Doubleday
  • 2000 Beverley Naidoo, The Other Side of Truth, Puffin
  • 1999 Aidan Chambers, Postcards From No Man's Land, Bodley Head
  • 1998 David Almond, Skellig, Hodder Children's Books
  • 1997 Tim Bowler, River Boy, OUP
  • 1996 Melvin Burgess, Junk, Andersen Press
  • 1995 Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials: Book 1 Northern Lights, Scholastic
  • 1994 Theresa Breslin, Whispers in the Graveyard, Methuen
  • 1993 Robert Swindells, Stone Cold, H Hamilton
  • 1992 Anne Fine, Flour Babies, H Hamilton
  • 1991 Berlie Doherty, Dear Nobody, H Hamilton
  • 1990 Gillian Cross, Wolf, OUP
  • 1989 Anne Fine, Goggle-eyes, H Hamilton
  • 1988 Geraldine McCaughrean, A Pack of Lies, OUP
  • 1987 Susan Price, The Ghost Drum, Faber
  • 1986 Berlie Doherty, Granny was a Buffer Girl, Methuen
  • 1985 Kevin Crossley-Holland, Storm, Heinemann
  • 1984 Margaret Mahy, The Changeover, Dent
  • 1983 Jan Mark, Handles, Kestrel
  • 1982 Margaret Mahy, The Haunting, Dent
  • 1981 Robert Westall, The Scarecrows, Chatto & Windus
  • 1980 Peter Dickinson, City of Gold, Gollancz
  • 1979 Peter Dickinson, Tulku, Gollancz
  • 1978 David Rees, The Exeter Blitz, H Hamilton
  • 1977 Gene Kemp, The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler, Faber
  • 1976 Jan Mark, Thunder and Lightnings, Kestrel
  • 1975 Robert Westall, The Machine Gunners, Macmillan
  • 1974 Mollie Hunter, The Stronghold, H Hamilton
  • 1973 Penelope Lively, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, Heinemann
  • 1972 Richard Adams, Watership Down, Rex Collings
  • 1971 Ivan Southall, Josh, Angus & Robertson
  • 1970 Leon Garfield & Edward Blishen, The God Beneath the Sea, Longman
  • 1969 Kathleen Peyton, The Edge of the Cloud, OUP
  • 1968 Rosemary Harris, The Moon in the Cloud, Faber
  • 1967 Alan Garner, The Owl Service, Collins
  • 1966 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
  • 1965 Philip Turner, The Grange at High Force, OUP
  • 1964 Sheena Porter, Nordy Bank, OUP
  • 1963 Hester Burton, Time of Trial, OUP
  • 1962 Pauline Clarke, The Twelve and the Genii, Faber
  • 1961 Lucy M Boston, A Stranger at Green Knowe, Faber
  • 1960 Dr I W Cornwall, The Making of Man, Phoenix House
  • 1959 Rosemary Sutcliff, The Lantern Bearers, OUP
  • 1958 Philippa Pearce, Tom's Midnight Garden, OUP
  • 1957 William Mayne, A Grass Rope, OUP
  • 1956 C S Lewis, The Last Battle, Bodley Head
  • 1955 Eleanor Farjeon, The Little Bookroom, OUP
  • 1954 Ronald Welch (Felton Ronald Oliver), Knight Crusader, OUP
  • 1953 Edward Osmond, A Valley Grows Up, OUP
  • 1952 Mary Norton, The Borrowers, Dent
  • 1951 Cynthia Harnett, The Woolpack, Methuen
  • 1950 Elfrida Vipont Foulds, The Lark on the Wing, OUP
  • 1949 Agnes Allen, The Story of Your Home, Faber
  • 1948 Richard Armstrong, Sea Change, Dent
  • 1947 Walter De La Mare, Collected Stories for Children, Faber
  • 1946 Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse, University of London Press
  • 1945 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
  • 1944 Eric Linklater, The Wind on the Moon, Macmillan
  • 1943 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
  • 1942 'BB' (D J Watkins-Pitchford), The Little Grey Men, Eyre & Spottiswoode
  • 1941 Mary Treadgold, We Couldn't Leave Dinah, Cape
  • 1940 Kitty Barne, Visitors from London, Dent
  • 1939 Eleanor Doorly, Radium Woman, Heinemann
  • 1938 Noel Streatfeild, The Circus is Coming, Dent
  • 1937 Eve Garnett, The Family from One End Street, Muller
  • 1936 Arthur Ransome, Pigeon Post, Cape
Full list of past winners of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
  • 2012 Jim Kay, A Monster Calls, Walker Books
  • 2011 Grahame Baker-Smith, FArTHER, Templar
  • 2010 Freya Blackwood, Harry & Hopper, Scholastic
  • 2009 Catherine Rayner, Harris Find His Feet, Little Tiger Press
  • 2008 Emily Gravett, Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears, Macmillan
  • 2007 Mini Grey, The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon, Jonathan Cape
  • 2005 Emily Gravett, Wolves, Macmillan
  • 2004 Chris Riddell, Jonathan Swift's “Gulliver”, Walker
  • 2003 Shirley Hughes, Ella's Big Chance, The Bodley Head
  • 2002 Bob Graham, Jethro Byrde- Fairy Child, Walker Books
  • 2001 Chris Riddell, Pirate Diary, Walker Books
  • 2000 Lauren Child, I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, Orchard Books
  • 1999 Helen Oxenbury, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Walker Books
  • 1998 Helen Cooper, Pumpkin Soup, Doubleday
  • 1997 P J Lynch, When Jessie Came Across the Sea, Walker Books
  • 1996 Helen Cooper, The Baby Who Wouldn't Go To Bed, Doubleday
  • 1995 P J Lynch, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, Walker Books
  • 1994 Gregory Rogers, Way Home, Andersen Press
  • 1993 Alan Lee, Black Ships Before Troy, Frances Lincoln
  • 1992 Anthony Browne, Zoo, Julia MacRae
  • 1991 Janet Ahlberg, The Jolly Christmas Postman, Heinemann
  • 1990 Gary Blythe, The Whales' Song, Hutchinson
  • 1989 Michael Foreman, War Boy: a Country Childhood, Pavilion
  • 1988 Barbara Firth, Can't You Sleep Little Bear?, Walker Books
  • 1987 Adrienne Kennaway, Crafty Chameleon, Hodder & Stoughton
  • 1986 Fiona French, Snow White in New York, OUP
  • 1985 Juan Wijngaard, Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady, Walker Books
  • 1984 Errol Le Cain, Hiawatha's Childhood, Faber
  • 1983 Anthony Browne, Gorilla, Julia MacRae
  • 1982 Michael Foreman, Long Neck and Thunder Foot and Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales, Kestrel and Gollancz
  • 1981 Charles Keeping, The Highwayman, OUP
  • 1980 Quentin Blake, Mr Magnolia, Cape
  • 1979 Jan Pienkowski, The Haunted House, Heinemann
  • 1978 Janet Ahlberg, Each Peach Pear Plum, Kestrel
  • 1977 Shirley Hughes, Dogger, Bodley Head
  • 1976 Gail E Haley, The Post Office Cat, Bodley Head
  • 1975 Victor Ambrus, Horses in Battle and Mishka, OUP
  • 1974 Pat Hutchins, The Wind Blew, Bodley Head
  • 1973 Raymond Briggs, Father Christmas, H Hamilton
  • 1972 Krystyna Turska, The Woodcutter's Duck, H Hamilton
  • 1971 Jan Pienkowski, The Kingdom under the Sea, Cape
  • 1970 John Burningham, Mr Gumpy's Outing, Cape
  • 1969 Helen Oxenbury, The Quangle Wangle's hat and The Dragon of an Ordinary Family, Heinemann
  • 1968 Pauline Baynes, Dictionary of Chivalry, Longman
  • 1967 Charles Keeping, Charlotte and the Golden Canary, OUP
  • 1966 Raymond Briggs, Mother Goose Treasury, H Hamilton
  • 1965 Victor Ambrus, The Three Poor Tailors, OUP
  • 1964 C W Hodges, Shakespeare's Theatre, OUP
  • 1963 John Burningham, Borka: the Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers, Cape
  • 1962 Brian Wildsmith, A.B.C, OUP
  • 1961 Antony Maitland, Mrs. Cockle's Cat, Constable
  • 1960 Gerald Rose, Old Winkle and the Seagulls, Faber
  • 1959 William Stobbs, Kashtanka and A Bundle of Ballads, OUP
  • 1958 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
  • 1957 V H Drummond, Mrs Easter and the Storks, Faber
  • 1956 Edward Ardizzone, Tim All Alone, OUP
  • 1955 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
 
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