The nominations (longlists) for the 2016 Carnegie CILIP and Kate Greenaway Awards have been posted and I'm pleased to say I've read most of the books!
The CILIP Medal is awarded annually (since 1936) to an outstanding work of fiction in childrens and teens literature. These novels begin their process on this longlist, which is very extensive. This is understandable, as the quality of childrens literature gets stronger every year. Some of the nominees this year include:
A Song For Ella Gray by David Almond; Karen Radford illustrator; published by Hodder Childrens Books
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne ; Usborne Books
Looking Glass Girl by Cathy Cassidy; Puffin Books
One by Sarah Crossan; Bloomsbury
We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Neilsen; Andersen Press
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness; Walker Books
Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine; HarperCollins Childrens Books
And I must mention; The Shepherds Crown, the last ever book published by the amazing Terry Pratchett.
The list is very long and to continue listing them here would be...well, just too much. I have my favourites (and the above listed are only a few) and I'm sure you will too. Here's the link so you can have a look for yourselves. Each one is amazing.
Now, for the Kate Greenaway Medal.....The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955 to honour an illustrator who has distinguished themselves in a book for children.
This years' longlist includes:
The Marvelous Fluffy Squishy Itty Bitty by Beatrice Alemagna; Thames & Hudson
Snow Day, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb (author: Richard Curtis); Puffin Books
Grandad's Island by Benji Davies; Simon & Schuster
The Imaginary, Emily Gravett illustrator (A.F. Harrold author); Bloomsbury
The Little Gardner by Emily Hughes; Flying Eye Books
Miss Hazeltines' Home For Shy and Fearful Cats, Birgitta Sif illustrator (Alicia Potter, author); Walker Books
Footpath Flowers, Sydney Smith illustrator (John Arno Lawson, author); Walker Books
....and many, many more illustrated books for children (of all ages.)
These are most likely the two most important awards given in childrens literature. If you are a childrens book enthusiast, like me, you will watching this years lists to find out how it all pans out. Amazing quality, throughout...
While you're on the website, do have a look at the Living Archive. This is a visual depiction of all the winners over the years.