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CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards

CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the nation's oldest children's book awards, awarded annually by youth librarians for outstanding writing and illustration in books for children and young people. The Amnesty CILIP Honours are awarded annually to one book from each shortlist which best illuminates our human rights.

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.

Amnesty CILIP Honour

Established in 2016, the Amnesty CILIP Honour is a special commendation jointly awarded by CILIP and Amnesty to one book from each Medal shortlist, which best illuminates our human rights.

Awards Shadowing Scheme

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.

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