There has been a huge amount of activity in regards to children's literature awards in the past week. Along with all the other, the CILIP Carnegie and the Kate Greenaway Award nominations have been presented. The list for the prestgious CILIP Carnegie Award is extensive! I'm absolutely delighted to see one of my most-talked-about (and truly beautiful) books, The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson is included; along with many other of my favourites such as Lob by Linda Newbery, Spirit Hunter by Katie Moran, The Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight by Jenny Valentine, The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh.... these are just a few of the wonderful novels for young people. Check out the list yourself!
And while you're there, be sure to check out the Kate Greenaway Award nominations as well. This list (also very extensive!) of incredible picture books also has quite a number of my personal favourites from this year:
Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates, Cloud Tea Monkeys by Mal Peet, Elspeth Graham and Juan Wijngaard, Diary of a Baby Wombat by Vivian French and Bruce Whatley, When Night Didn't ComeRed Ted and the Lost Things by Poly Bernatene, and (of course) Michael Rosen and and Joel Stewart's ..... and, again, many many others.
The best of luck to all!