CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Longlist 2019

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards longlist have been announced.
As always, the lists are extremely comprehensive, reflecting the outstanding quality of childrens' books published over the last year. It's really just astonishing!
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019:
Both Middle Grade (mg) and YA literature are represented on the Carnegie Longlist for 2019 and is 137 books strong... and all are simply exceptional. (I have read about 120 of them or so.) To comment on them all would be a bit much for this blog.
I would like to mention a few of note that weren't included on the poster...such for your information.
Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed is well worth a read; dealing with both teenage romance, decision making and the effects of a terrorist attract on a broader community in terms of preconceptions, racism and social attitudes. (YA)
The Storm Keepers Island by Catherine Doyle is one of 'must-read' books of the year. This compelling story features a young boy discovering his ancestry for the first time on an island that is truly alive. Fantastic mystery and insight into family, mythology and becoming who you truly are.
The Unpredictability of Being Human by Linni Ingemundsen lets us inside the world of a teenage girl living with Aspergers' Syndrome. Her view of the world, the people in it and their actions, lies and truths we tell give us a marvellous insight into ourselves and how others see us...and it's a beautiful, consuming story of family life, it's triumphs and heartbreaks.
The Wild Folk by Sylvia V Linsteadt is a fantasy about a mysterious island on the verge of annihilation, it's mystical creatures and two very unique children who are tasked with saving them all; accompanied by two young leverets who understand the way of the Wild Folk. Beautiful and magical!
Follow the link for the complete list:

Kate Greenaway Medal 2019:
The Kate Greenaway Medal acknowledges the best of the best in childrens' book illustration published over the last year. There are 117 books on this years longlist; again, completely outstanding...each and every one.
A few others I'd like to mention...
The Grotlyn by Benji Davies is a wonderful picture book that sucks you right in to the world at night. It challenges nighttime fears and exposes the reality of 'things that go bump in the night.' The illustrations are incredibly expressive and filled with detail...just beautiful.
Luna Loves Library Day, illustrated by Fiona Lumbers, written by Joseph Coehlo is a loving story of a little girls' favourite day with her Dad...library day. The illustrations perfectly reflect the emotion behind the story, lending an extraordinarily moving aspect to this beautiful tale.
The Ways of the Wolf illustrated by Jonathan Woodward and written by Smriti Prasadam-Halls is one of the most exquisite nonfiction books for young people I have ever seen. The wolf stalks through the wilderness and ignites our imagination as it reveals, through these striking and thoughtful illustrations, the reality of life as this majestic animal.
La La La; a Story of Hope is illustrated by Jaime Kim, while the idea behind this (nearly) wordless picture book is by Kate DiCamillo and I would suggest you have this on your shelf...NOW. Gentle, thought-provoking illustrations filled with emotion tell the story of a little girl who just wants to be heard and the magic that happens in her heart when that happens.
For the rest of the longlist, follow this link:

The judging panel consists of 14 childrens' librarians representing all of the regions of CILIP's Youth Libraries Group. The judges will be announcing the shortlist for both award lists in one moths time, on 18 March.
Then, on 17 June 2019, the medal winners from both lists will be announced.
This year, for the first time, one book from each list will be awarded the childrens' choice prize; voted for and presented by children involved in the CILIP shadowing scheme, alongside the winners of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals.
Congratulations and the very best of luck to all!


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