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CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards

CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards

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The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway website is temporarily unavailable while we make improvements for Shadowing in 2020. 

We are updating the way that Shadowing Groups take part in online shadowing activity to improve the user experience and create news ways for your students to participate online. We will be moving away from the individual Shadowing Group Homepages you have used in the past so you will no longer need to log in to the website to manage your group’s content.

If you have previously registered a shadowing group with us we will be in touch by email, as soon as the updated website is ready, to share instructions on how to register to take part in Shadowing online in 2020.

If you have not previously registered for shadowing please sign up here to be informed by email when the new website is launched.

For any general queries on the awards and shadowing scheme please contact

For any press/media queries, please contact Riot Communications Tel: 0203 174 0118 / E-mail:

To pre-order your 2020 Longlist and Shortlist book packs please visit our official book supplier, Peters.

Thank you for your patience while we work to improve the Awards Shadowing Scheme.

Key Dates

Longlist announcedThursday 20th February 2020: Discover the wonderful titles that made the 2020 longlists!

Shortlist announced: Thursday 19th March 2020

Winner announced: Wednesday 17th June 2020

Check out all of the 2020 Nominated titles by following the links below:

CILIP Carnegie Medal 2020

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2020


The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the nation's oldest and best-loved children's book awards, awarded annually by youth librarians to books for children and young people that create outstanding reading experiences through writing and illustration.

CILIP Carnegie Medal

The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. It was established by in 1936, in memory of the great Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Previous winners include Arthur Ransome, C.S. Lewis, Margaret Mahy, Terry Pratchett, Philip 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. Previous winners include Raymond Briggs, Helen Oxenbury, Shirley Hughes, Lauren Child, Chris Riddell, Anthony Browne, Quentin Blake and Emily Gravett.

Awards Shadowing Scheme

Engaging, inspiring and free to join! The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Shadowing Scheme brings thousands of young people in schools, public libraries and other reading environments together to form book groups. They read and discuss the shortlisted titles and take part in creative and educational activity in groups and online.

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.

Shadowers' Choice Award

Established in 2019, the Shadowers' Choice Award is a special commendation voted for and presented by children and young people who take part in the Awards Shadowing Scheme. The Shadowers' Choice is awarded to one book from each Medal shortlist, which is voted the overall favourite by the shadowing group participants.

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